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The Android powered BlackBerry Priv is now available from T-Mobile

The Android powered BlackBerry Priv is now available from T-Mobile
If you're a T-Mobile customer who has been waiting for the BlackBerry Priv to land on the nation's third largest carrier, today is the day you've been looking forward to. The first Android powered BlackBerry is now available from T-Mobile's retail locations and online store. Qualifying customers can purchase the phone for $0 down, paying off the balance at the rate of $30 each month for 24 months. That works out to $719.99 (you get a penny back in change).

If you don't mind leasing the slider, you can turn to T-Mobile's JUMP! On Demand. With that program, you can pay $0 down (which is always the best part), and pay $34 for 18 months ($612). With this plan, you are entitled to trade-in your phone and exchange it for a hot new model up to three times a year. At anytime, you can purchase the device by paying off the remaining installment balance and "residual purchase amount."

If you are thinking about biting the bullet and paying the full retail price, you can actually save $20 by buying the unlocked version directly from BlackBerry. This model does support the T-Mobile pipeline. If you are interested in purchasing or leasing the device, click on the appropriate sourcelink. The BlackBerry Priv is available in your favorite color, assuming that your favorite color is black.

AT&T had an exclusive on the carrier-branded version of the phone in the U.S., which expired on January 20th. Both Verizon and Sprint will also be adding the slider to their equipment lineup in the not too distant future.


source: T-Mobile, BlackBerry via Crackberry

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posted on 26 Jan 2016, 11:32 1

1. eman99 (Posts: 392; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


And this is why we the consumers dumped 2 year contracts to pay this much for phones? Makes no sense 2 year contract with this phone 200 to 300 dollars years ago no sense why we are paying this much

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 12:40

6. TerryTerius (unregistered)


Because with smart phone sales volume falling, the only real way to counterbalance that is to make every unit more expensive. Basic economics.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 21:05

21. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 526; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


Sure, it is 200 or 300, but you end up paying more through your monthly bill throughout the year and lock into a 2-year contract lol

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 11:34 2

2. DirtyDan23 (Posts: 280; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


I can't believe people still fall for the Blackberry meme.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 11:56 5

3. Bernoulli (Posts: 4308; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Better than Samsung and of course anything is better than apple.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 12:06 1

4. donfem (Posts: 688; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I can't believe there are people out there who think they know it all and would tell others what to like.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 12:32 3

5. xq10xa (Posts: 765; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


The Priv seems pretty cool. Overpriced for sure...but if you really like the phone then you will get it. I don't think many people actually will buy this phone though....just too much better competition.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 13:25 1

10. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


It looks cool but I don't think it's versatile enough to be worth that much money. You're better off getting the Nexus 6P or the Moto X Pure Edition

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 13:19

8. lyndon420 (Posts: 4929; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


So...you've never made a recommendation to someone about something?

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 15:17

16. xq10xa (Posts: 765; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


What?

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 18:32

19. lyndon420 (Posts: 4929; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


My comment was intended for donfem.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 13:12 2

7. Rafishant (Posts: 348; Member since: 13 Oct 2015)


That is why BlackBerry market share is falling day by day, and now it is close to ZERO.
BlackBerry managed to sell merely 700K units last quarter. Even some unknown Chinese OEMs are now selling more than this.
John Chen should've developed and focused on BB10 (their unique element).
He just killed the handset division by abandoning BB10 and jumping to Android.
Android didn't save many larger companies, so it would never do anything good to BlackBerry, when they only sell just thousands units of the Priv.

Take a look at today's LG financial report!.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 13:54 1

12. meanestgenius (Posts: 15761; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Their market share is so low because no one was buying BB10 powered handsets due to the perceived app gap. Had BlackBerry continued down the "BB10 only" route, the handset division would most assuredly go away. With this, at least they have a chance at increasing handset sales and perhaps creating new BB10 handsets later down the line.

I agree that Android isn't always the answer. That's clearly evident by Android stalwarts now struggling in the smartphone space. But BlackBerry had to do something. Next quarter will give us a more accurate picture of well the Priv is selling.

And for the record, the 700,000 units was mostly BB10 flavored devices. The Priv had a limited release last quarter.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 13:20

9. lyndon420 (Posts: 4929; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


So I'm guessing apple is the only OEM worth mentioning that doesn't make Android products.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 14:33

14. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2052; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Microsoft.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 18:54

20. lyndon420 (Posts: 4929; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


What about the Nokia X series? Look at all the different apps that ms has made for Android and you'll see they pretty much have their own alternatives for Gmail, navigation, voice assistant etc...all they need is their own app store. The hardware they've been working on for awhile as their investment in Cyanogen is well known. They're building one - we just haven't seen it yet.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 13:46 1

11. meanestgenius (Posts: 15761; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Nice to see the Priv finally released in T-Mobile. Definitely would have picked it up from them had they released it sooner. But buying it unlocked, where I can take it to any GSM carrier I choose, has its advantages.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 14:33 3

13. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2052; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Got mine today! Had to go to 3 stores before I found one that had them in stock. They're selling. In fact, 2 of the stores have deliveries scheduled for tomorrow because of demand. Miami's always been a BB town. About the only thing it's good for, and a basketball team.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 14:41 3

15. Big_D5 (Posts: 19; Member since: 13 Jun 2014)


I got mine today at lunch.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 17:32

17. Zeeya (Posts: 325; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


I love BlackBerry... but my next phone will be an iPhone 7.
I just need specific apps which I just can't find on BlackBerry.
But don't get me wrong, BlackBerry 10 is really awesome.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 17:43

18. meanestgenius (Posts: 15761; Member since: 28 May 2014)


What apps couldn't you find on a BlackBerry Priv that you need? Unless you don't like Android.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 21:22

22. VZWEMP (Posts: 158; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


when did they mention owning Priv? They clearly stated BB10 in the last sentence.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 22:05

23. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


#selective reading

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 02:45

26. meanestgenius (Posts: 15761; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Get off my sack, you #selectiveidiot.

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 10:44

27. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


No one wants to hear about your f-ing sack. Get over it and stop whining.

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 12:11

28. meanestgenius (Posts: 15761; Member since: 28 May 2014)


YOU want to hear about my f-ing sack, that's why you're always on it. You'll note, you took the shot at me first to get my attention. Now grow the f-up and stop seeking my attention, you insignificant little troll.

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 18:16

29. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


I'll note what? That doesn't even make sense. Get over it, this is an open forum like you said. Stop getting your panties in a twist just because you got called out.

And stop fantasizing me being on your sack you insignificant little twit.

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 23:54 1

30. meanestgenius (Posts: 15761; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Of course it doesn't make sense to an idiot like you. You keep on saying "get over it", but you clearly can't get over the fact that you're on my sack. And you didn't "call me out". You took the cowardly route, as usual, and responded to someone else's post instead of responding to me directly. And YOU'RE the one getting your stained tighty whities in a bunch because I called YOU out for your tomfoolery. Be a man next time and respond to me, you cowardly little brat.

And if you'd hop OFF my sack, I wouldn't have to constantly remark about how much you're on it.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 11:10

31. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


I am responding to you, you nut. The way I responded first was no different from how you normally do it. The only one who's staining their white panties is you and you're being your usual ignorant self. So don't tell me to be a man when you continue to fail being a man day in and day out. Oh wait, I forgot that you're Princess.

Maybe you should worry about growing a sack first before having your sick fantasies about me hopping on something that doesn't exist.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 13:26 1

32. meanestgenius (Posts: 15761; Member since: 28 May 2014)


You're responding to me NOW. You didn't in your post #23, but I responded to YOUR post, since YOU were not man enough to respond to me, initially. Still a coward, Michelle. I understand stand that you're an idiot, but try and stay with me here. And I find it hilarious that a little boy that's into little boys would attempt to question my manhood. Especially when you're the one that constantly seeks my attention. I've told you no (emphatically) plenty of times, so take your man-crush elsewhere.

And you keep saying that I don't have a sack, have sick fantasies, etc, but here you are, STILL on my sack that you claim that I don't have, and now you're even talking about it. Get it through your thick skull Michelle, and hop of my sack, already.

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