Re: The end is near.
I've actually been considering picking up a Passport or Priv, so I'm a bit late to the game. I think where Blackberry messed up was not getting on board with Android much sooner than they did - Android set the standard for non Apple OS and they missed the boat. The high cost of the Priv (at least initially) coupled with providers not offering free phones anymore did not help either. From what I've read, they are not going to continue supporting the BB OS either and that's going to ice out their existing users (if they are now going to be software based, why not continue supporting the OS?). I also think them switching to supposedly being a software provider is a dud - how many companies actually use their software for security purposes? No phone provider (i.e. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, etc.) is going to pay them money to outsource additional software to run on their phones, so I'm not sure who they are counting on exactly (again bearing in mind that I'm not too up to do date with their operations).
I'm still considering one of their phones mainly because I miss having a physical keyboard, but that's about the only reason.