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BlackBerry Priv launches on January 26 on T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint will release it, too

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BlackBerry Priv launches on January 26 on T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint will release it, too
BlackBerry today confirmed that the Priv - its very first Android-based smartphone - will soon be available via Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Last month, we exclusively revealed that T-Mobile would launch the Priv on January 26, and this date is now confirmed. BlackBerry didn't say exactly when Verizon and Sprint will release the smartphone, but we assume that both are planning to do it this month.

Launched by AT&T in November, the BlackBerry Priv currently costs $699 (off contract), and we guess that prices on Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint won't be too different.

The Priv is a pretty unusual smartphone. Besides the fact that it's a BlackBerry that runs Android (a thing that was unimaginable several years back), it's got a sliding QWERTY keyboard hidden under a dual-curve, 5.4-inch touchscreen display with 1440 x 2560 pixels. Obviously, the BlackBerry Priv isn't a handset for everyone. But, if you need a hardware QWERTY keyboard, plus the extra security that BlackBerry is bringing to Android, you may want to consider getting one. For a closer look at the smartphone, check out our BlackBerry Priv review.


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posted on 06 Jan 2016, 15:51 3

1. meanestgenius (Posts: 10234; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Nice! With Priv availability ramping up, we are sure to see an increase in handset sales. The Priv is an innovative handset, and is worth anyone's consideration that's looking for their next smartphone.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 15:59 2

2. Emmanuelz (Posts: 152; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


In your dreams boy, you know very well is about the kings of smartphones Apple and Samsung. Blackberry nis doomed trust me!

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 16:07 7

3. meanestgenius (Posts: 10234; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Get off my sack, hater. Your time would be best spent learning how to properly form a sentence and spell correctly than trolling me.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 16:19 2

5. Commentator (Posts: 3669; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Hey meanest, I'm sure you've seen this making the rounds (not on PA yet) but in case you haven't:

http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/06/blackberry-qnx-self-driving-car/

(A good read for those who say BBRY has no future...)

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 16:44 2

9. meanestgenius (Posts: 10234; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Thanks! I have indeed read it, and it's definitely a good read for the haters that think BlackBerry is going the way of the dodo bird. Too many people here (and elsewhere) just don't realize how many things BlackBerry has its hands in. BlackBerry even has its hands in healthcare with its stake in Nanthealth and its newly formed partnership with Sharecare:

http://crackberry.com/blackberry-partners-sharecare-accelerate-consumer-driven-healthcare-and-enable-secure-communication

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 16:51 2

10. meanestgenius (Posts: 10234; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Allow me to also add the fact that QNX was one of the smartest purchases BlackBerry has ever made. The potential for what BlackBerry is capable of thru QNX is endless, and we are just beginning to see what it's capable of.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 18:04 3

14. belovedson (Posts: 984; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


Lol, that was the best b slap I have heard in awhile.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 18:13 2

15. meanestgenius (Posts: 10234; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Lol, thanks. He had it coming to him.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 20:12 1

18. Bernoulli (Posts: 3788; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Aw 103 posts in almost 3 years, seems legit lol other accounts got a vacation?

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 16:10 1

4. tonyv (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


did sony even ever release a Z series phone on all 4 major carriers? lol good job, BlackBerry! pretty awesome :)

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 17:02

11. downphoenix (Posts: 3155; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


They struggle to release them for more than 1 lol.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 16:24 3

6. artificialintelligence (Posts: 153; Member since: 05 Dec 2015)


Yessssssss finally I can have my hands on a priv this the first time in a long time that I buy a blackberry phone and I just feel so excited ^_^

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 16:29 2

7. BLSEOTB (Posts: 331; Member since: 24 Mar 2015)


The 2mp front facing camera and lack of a fingerprint scanner was the dealbreaker for me.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 16:41 4

8. artificialintelligence (Posts: 153; Member since: 05 Dec 2015)


Do you even know what the priv is about why would they include a fingerprint scanner when this phone is about privacy and security?? Plus it would only raise the price the 2mp camera is fine for video calling if you care about a front facing camera then go buy a asus zenfone selfie

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 17:18 1

12. downphoenix (Posts: 3155; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Or an HTC Desire Eye, my wife has one of those, it has a really awesome 13mp front camera, very high quality.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 19:26

17. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11861; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Raise the price? Lol it's already ridiculously expensive without a fingerprint scanner, something the 5X and the 6P has where the 6P can be used on any carrier and has some of the best specs available.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 17:56 1

13. DmitrLP (Posts: 289; Member since: 18 Sep 2015)


Dumb priv, i wouldn´t spend a dime on a piece of crap phone.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 18:14 5

16. meanestgenius (Posts: 10234; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Nobody cares what you would spend your money on, troll. Go elsewhere. The adults in the room are talking.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 20:25 3

19. Bernoulli (Posts: 3788; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Aw is it one of those I - can't - afford - it - therefore - I'm - going - to - bash - it type of scenario? Yep seems that way, or else you're a retard for saying the priv is a dumb phone.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 00:02

20. cnour (Posts: 587; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Game is over for BB.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 01:56 1

21. Bernoulli (Posts: 3788; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


How or on what do you base this on?

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 03:41 1

22. meanestgenius (Posts: 10234; Member since: 28 May 2014)


So now that BlackBerry has made an Android handset you're going to troll them? You're PATHETIC.

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