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Verizon to launch BlackBerry Priv late March; news on the slider's Android 6.0 update due this quarter

Verizon to launch BlackBerry Priv late March; news on the slider's Android 6.0 update due this quarter
Earlier today, we told you that the BlackBerry Priv would soon be available from all four major U.S. carriers. AT&T's period of exclusivity expires on January 20th and as we told you last month, T-Mobile will launch the device for its subscribers on January 26th. At the time we posted the story this afternoon, neither Sprint nor Verizon had revealed when they would release the Android powered slider. But that has changed.

A tweet from Verizon's VP of communications Jeffrey Nelson, says that Big Red hopes to have the BlackBerry Priv available to its subscribers by the end of March ("if not sooner," adds Nelson). Back in November, Verizon tweeted its intentions to carry BlackBerry's first Android phone which was followed by an FCC visit by the handset. We still have no word from Sprint about when it plans on releasing the device.

There is some more news surrounding the Priv tonight. AT CES, BlackBerry's Ron Louks announced that sometime this quarter the manufacturer will announce news about the Android 6.0 update for the Priv. The executive added that information about third party accessories for the phone will be coming within weeks.

Also expected as soon as next month is a possible price cut for the phone. Currently sold unlocked by BlackBerry on its online store for $699.99, CEO John Chen has said that the Priv will have its price cut possibly around the time of the MWC in Barcelona. That expo kicks off on February 22nd.

Verizon will launch the BlackBerry Priv no later than the end of March

Verizon will launch the BlackBerry Priv no later than the end of March


source: @JNels via Crackberry (1), (2)

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posted on 06 Jan 2016, 21:41 1

1. meanestgenius (Posts: 10201; Member since: 28 May 2014)


And the good news concerning the Priv keeps on rolling in. Keep it coming. I hope it's released sooner than the end of March, though.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 21:55 2

2. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1848; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Waiting for the king of all trolls, Mxy to show up and say he's not trolling while he trolls on.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 23:19 3

15. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You all need to learn how to not mention his name. It's sad how I can't open an article anymore without someone mentioning him.

Stop trying to cause trouble. It's annoying and makes you look stupid.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 04:10 4

16. meanestgenius (Posts: 10201; Member since: 28 May 2014)


And in your effort to get others not to talk about "him", you end it up doing it yourself. AND you insulted someone else in the process. That makes you even MORE annoying and stupid than you're trying to say BobbyD is. You would have been better off not commenting about it at all.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 22:13 1

17. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1848; Member since: 29 May 2014)


And yet... Here you are. Causing trouble and looking stupid. But that's par the course for you.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 22:03 2

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


By the time this s**tty device hits all the major carriers the s7 is going to completely destroy it.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 22:08 3

4. meanestgenius (Posts: 10201; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Look, BobbyD! It's not the troll we were expecting, but it's a troll nonetheless!

Hopefully you'll have stopped with your s****y trolling long before then. I mean seriously, you act like you were touched by a BlackBerry or something.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 22:29 1

6. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2155; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


"Please show us on the troll doll where Blackberry touched you, sir."

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 22:33

11. meanestgenius (Posts: 10201; Member since: 28 May 2014)


You MUST be talking about Emmanuela up there.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 22:36

12. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2155; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Indeed.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 22:18 1

5. Meanergenius (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Dec 2015)


This is going to completely make the phone sales amazing. It wasn't the fact that there are better android phones on the market for a lower price or the fact that the keyboard is mediocre at best that kept people away, but the fact they couldn't get it on T-Mobile or Verizon. This is going to sell loads.

True story, just wait and you'll see! This phone is so innovative, doing things that we have seen in previous phones such as the HP Pre, Samsung Epic, and Motorola Droid. This phone will be amazing the savior of Blackberry!!!

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 22:31

8. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2155; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


I stopped in AT&T and got some hands-on time with one yesterday. I don't like the lip at the bottom that meets up with the slider bottom, and I wish it was running BB10, but it was a nice phone and very fluid.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 22:32 3

10. meanestgenius (Posts: 10201; Member since: 28 May 2014)


You do realize that you're responding to faux account, correct?

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 22:38

13. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2155; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


I just noticed. I was posting in between rounds of CoD and didn't read the name closely.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 22:40 2

14. meanestgenius (Posts: 10201; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Awesome game! My step son plays it non-stop! I usually just sit in and watch him play.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 22:31 2

9. meanestgenius (Posts: 10201; Member since: 28 May 2014)


So you seriously don't think it's just a tad creepy that you're a grown man wanting and hoping to emulate another grown man? That's just sad and pathetic, dude.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 22:16 1

19. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1848; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Got yourself a groupie girl yo!

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 22:22

20. meanestgenius (Posts: 10201; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I know, right? Seems like my list of groupie girls is growing, lol!

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 22:15 1

18. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1848; Member since: 29 May 2014)


I found Mxy's other account!

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 22:30 2

7. alterans (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Jun 2015)


This is why I hate carrier exclusives. By time Verizon launches the PRIV, it will already be 5 months old. At what point to you just wait till the next thing comes out. Do you buy a PRIV with an 808 or just go with one of Sammy's upcoming flagships with the 820.

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