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BlackBerry Deal: Trade In your iPhone, Get the Passport for Free

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The BlackBerry Passport is a truly unique business phone, and you can get it for free if you trade in your iPhone. The company announced a new deal in which users can trade in their iPhone right now and get the Passport, which sports a physical QWERTY keyboard and a big square screen, potentially without paying a dime. Depending on which model of iPhone you're giving up, you might actually come away with an extra $50 in cash after all is said and done.

Here's how the deal works. BlackBerry is offering up to $400 for each iPhone traded in, depending on which model it is. On top of that, the company will pay you an extra $150, so long as you buy the Passport online from the BlackBerry store between Dec. 1, 2014, and Feb. 13, 2015. The Passport costs $500, so you can potentially get it for free, or even with a $50 bonus on top of that, if you trade in the top-end model of the new iPhone 6. Check out the chart below to see the trade-in value of your iPhone, or click here to use the offer.

What makes the deal so noteworthy for business users is the Passport's unique set of productivity features. As previously mentioned, it has a full physical keyboard, which should satisfy business users who prefer tactile feedback while typing. In my full review, I noted that my typing accuracy improved on the Passport, though the physical keys slowed me down a bit. The other big draw is the Passport's large, square display, which provides better dimensions for viewing documents, spreadsheets and even your email inbox, at least compared to rectangular smartphones. And like all BlackBerry devices, the Passport supports top-notch security features, like automatic encryption, which helps keep your business data safe.

Brett Nuckles

A former Ohio newspaper man, Brett Nuckles fled the Midwest in 2013. He now lives in Seattle, where he spends his days tinkering with smartphones, tablets and computers. He loves to think about the intersection of technology and productivity, and how to get the most out of new gadgets and apps. He's also a big fan of vegetarian food and digital painting. In his off hours he spends most of his time drawing and painting sci-fi/fantasy scenes on his PC with his trusty Wacom stylus in hand.