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Verizon to begin pre-orders for the BlackBerry Priv on March 3rd, launch phone on March 11th?

Verizon VP confirms that BlackBerry Priv pre-orders will begin on Verizon March 3rd

Verizon VP confirms that BlackBerry Priv pre-orders will begin on Verizon March 3rd


A tweet by Verizon executive Jeffrey Nelson in response to an inquiry, seems to confirm that the carrier will start pre-orders for the BlackBerry Priv on March 3rd. The Android powered slider would then be launched on Big Red's network on March 11th. The handset, BlackBerry's first Android powered smartphone, is currently priced in the neighborhood of $740 on AT&T and $720 from T-Mobile.

The Verizon variant of the Priv passed the FCC on Christmas Eve, nearly two months after pictures of a Verizon branded Priv surfaced on social media. By the time January rolled around, there was talk of a March launch for the Verizon branded BlackBerry Priv.

To refresh your memory, the BlackBerry Priv features a 5.4-inch AMOLED screen with a 1440 x 2560 QHD resolution. This works out to a 541ppi pixel density. The Snapdragon 808 SoC is under the hood carrying a hexa-core 1.8GHz CPU and the Adreno 418 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB of native storage. A 2TB capacity microSD slot is available for those seeking additional memory. An 18MP camera adorns the back of the phone and includes OIS. A 2MP front-facing camera handles selfies and video chats. Keeping the generator humming is a 3410mAh battery, and Android 5.1 is pre-installed.

We still expect Sprint to add the BlackBerry Priv to its lineup, which would make the device available on each of the four major wireless carriers in the U.S.

source: @JNels via Crackberry

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posted on 29 Feb 2016, 22:22 5

1. shnibz (Posts: 351; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)


so its like the same price as the Galaxy S7 Edge that launches the same day? Who's idea was that!?

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 22:41 6

2. dimas (Posts: 2387; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Agree. And why would anyone want this compared to the s7 series with better features and monster specs?

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 22:48 2

3. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1893; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


If you call horrible reception on any Samsung phone and the mess that is TouchWiz as better features, then by all means.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 23:13 2

4. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2257; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Touchwiz? Mess? pre-S6 yes.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 23:14 3

5. Emmanuelz (Posts: 200; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


Stop you don't know what you're saying

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 05:50 2

12. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Don't make generalizations when you clearly don't have a base to stand on, Crispin. I haven't had a problem with signal reception on ANY Samsung phone. That makes your first statement categorically false.

In regard to your second statement, that's your opinion & I can respect that. However, I do disagree.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:03 1

14. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


What the heck didn't they use the same specs as the S7?

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 10:52 2

15. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1893; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I've OWNED the Note, Note II, Note III and Note 4 as well as the S3. They've all been horrible with reception and the issues are well documented. If a phone can't connect properly to a cellular service it's no better than a PDA from 2005. Wi-Fi is NOT everywhere.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 10:58 1

16. meanestgenius (Posts: 14187; Member since: 28 May 2014)


The PRIV came out BEFORE the S7 did, and BEFORE the SD820 was even ready, so how would they have used the same specs as the S7? Use a little logic in your posts next time.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 11:12

17. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


And that's fine, Crispin, but your experience doesn't equate to everyone else's so that makes your statement false regardless. Perhaps it has more to do with the service in your area.

I've compared the signal reception on my Samsung devices to that of other OEMs. Better than some, not as good as others. Horrible? Far from it.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 15:37

18. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15404; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


That makes you look like a hypocrite. Your experience doesn't speak for everyone. Generally Samsung devices I've used have had decent signal but that's not to say they are the best because they aren't. There's many reports on the internet about signal issues on Samsung devices if you bothered to look instead of speaking from your rear.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 15:39

19. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15404; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Question is why did they wait so long to release it? With the S7 and the G5 in the same window they're dooming it to fail. And blackberry is still charging $700 for it lol. Makes no sense.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 15:43

21. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15404; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


They could have used the SD810, the same version running on the 6P. His question wasn't totally off the mark.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 16:12

22. meanestgenius (Posts: 14187; Member since: 28 May 2014)


And run the risk of the overheating issue? And had they used the SD810 anyway, individuals such as yourself would still have complained that it's not the "latest and greatest".

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 16:15

23. meanestgenius (Posts: 14187; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Why did WHO wait so long to release it? Not only was the PRIV under carrier exclusivity with AT&T, but it also isn't up to BlackBerry when Verizon decides to release the device. If I'm not mistaken, the PRIV running on Verizon's network just passed through the FCC no too long ago.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 19:13

24. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15404; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Had you read my comment, you would have seen where I said: " the same version running on the 6P." That version does not have the overheating issues and many people have said it actually runs cooler than most phones. The SD810 is still pretty great, provided you get the refined version.

Your last sentence is wrong, go figure. I haven't complained about the Moto X using the 810.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 19:14

25. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15404; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Now you see why I said I wished the Priv had the same style of antennas as the Nexus and the Moto X phones where it would been usable on any carrier. It's doomed to fail since it's going to be competing against the S7 and the G5.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 20:20

26. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


That's what I was about to post.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 20:22

27. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


True.. BB handsets always lack in specs like Android phones.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 20:43

28. meanestgenius (Posts: 14187; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I read your comment. Did you read mine? This is BlackBerry's FIRST Android handset. They obviously opted to go with the SD808 because of said hearing issues, which leads me to believe that the PRIV was in production before the latest SD810 version was released.

Really? My last sentence is wrong? Because you've been constantly complaining about BlackBerry having not updated the PRIV to MM yet, even though the most popular and profitible Android OEM, Samsung, also has yet to do so, as well as several other Android OEM's. I have yet to see you complain about that concerning the others, so please don't act like you wouldn't make complaints about BlackBerry.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 20:49 1

29. meanestgenius (Posts: 14187; Member since: 28 May 2014)


The PRIV is obviously not for everyone, and those interested in the PRIV will be interested in it for different reasons than the Moto X, and vise-versa. It will appeal to those who want it. By your logic, ANY handset on sale when the S7 and G5 are released that don't mirror their specs are "doomed to fail", not just the PRIV. But there are those that will find ANYTHING to complain about concerning BlackBerry, even when they have no intention of picking up a BlackBerry handset in the first place.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 20:51

30. meanestgenius (Posts: 14187; Member since: 28 May 2014)


BB10 has also been traditionally smoother than Android, and requires less hardware specs to function than Android smoothly than Android handsets. Their BlackBerry handsets have also always been feature-rich.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 22:06 1

31. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Cool story. Thanks for your input.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 22:33

32. meanestgenius (Posts: 14187; Member since: 28 May 2014)


There are also reports of the Nexus 6P having overheating issues as well, even with the newer version of the SD810. The overheating issue may not be as prevalent as with the previous version of the SD810, but it's still there. Couple that with the stigma that undoubtedly comes along with using the SD810, I'd say BlackBerry made the right choice in going with the SD808, especially with this being their first stab at Android, as to avoid said stigma and overheating issues.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 22:34

33. meanestgenius (Posts: 14187; Member since: 28 May 2014)


*heating

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 19:58

34. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15404; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Aka, I'm wrong and I am unable to come up with a comeback.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 20:02

35. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15404; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


The 6P was in production since March/April, so I don't see that being a concrete reason at all.

Actually I've complained about Samsung not updating their more capable phones many times. I've complained several times about them not giving the Note 4 the ability to use the S-Pen with the screen off. For the record, I've called out Motorola many times so that's a pretty inaccurate statement.

I haven't complained about the Moto X having the SD808.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 20:03

36. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15404; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Any phone will heat up if you use it heavily. They've already set themselves up for stigma by releasing the Priv at $700 and for not giving a timetable for Marshmallow.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 20:06

37. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15404; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


"even when they have no intention of picking up a BlackBerry handset in the first place"

Haven't missed a beat with this I see. I never said the Priv was for everyone, but with the whole government wanting Apple to develop a version of iOS to be able to access criminal's records and with the concerns about privacy in this age, the Priv would be a huge benefit and could have been a killer smartphone.

But you just see it as aimless nitpicking because you want people to like the Priv and don't want to see anything else said about it.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 02:41

38. meanestgenius (Posts: 14187; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I've never seen you complain about Samsung not updating anything. Gonna need more "concrete" proof, like a link showing you complain about it. I've seen you TROLL Samsung and whine about how you don't like Touchwiz to no end, as well as TROLL Motorola as well, so I think my statement is pretty accurate unless you can provide a link proving otherwise.

So you "haven't complained" about the Moto X having the SD808, but you've complained about BlackBerry using it in the PRIV...a bit hypocritical, don't you think?

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