BlackBerry KEY2 LE goes on sale at Verizon for $450 outright

BlackBerry KEY2 LE goes on sale at Verizon for $450 outright
Five months after TCL, the company behind BlackBerry smartphones, teased the Verizon BlackBerry KEY2 LE, the device is finally making its way to virtual shelves. The Big Red has just announced that business and enterprise customers can purchase the BlackBerry KEY2 LE for $450 outright. Also, the KEY2 LE can be had for $100 on a 2-year Verizon contract.

Phonedog reports customers can buy the BlackBerry KEY2 LE starting today, but we can't find it listed on Verizon's online store. However, since the phone seems to be available to business and enterprise customers only, it may not appear on the carrier's website. Even so, we've been able to learn that the phone is available in Slate color, and that's the only option that Verizon will offer.

The BlackBerry KEY2 LE is the perfect phone for those who want a single device for personal and work use. The handset is powered by Android 8.1 Oreo and features some security and privacy enhancements that you won't find in another phone.

It even includes a dual account feature that will let users clone apps like Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, and WeChat and switch between personal and work accounts. To top it off, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE is Android Enterprise Recommended, thus making it the perfect phone for enterprise customers.

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KEY2 LE
  • Display 4.5" 1080 x 1620 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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6 Comments

1. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

$450 was essentially the launch price of the unlocked 64GB variant of the KEY2 LE... hardly a 'sale'. This device seems really nice, but its been out for more than six months already, and the price has not lowered. Either demand is high (not super likely), or supply is low (much more likely), or Big Red thinks they can fleece enterprise customers...

4. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

On second thought, it could have to do with the new tariffs on Chinese products, since TCL, as far as I know, designs the phones in China, and I would further guess that they manufacture in China, too. Apple may have enough overhead to eat the extra costs from tariffs for a while, but BlackBerry certainly doesn't have that kind of overhead. Then again, Apple's flagships, as offered from Apple themselves, stay at the same price from launch until the next iteration comes out, so... can't really blame BlackBerry for trying to do what Apple does, since Apple is so stinkin' successful.

2. Venom

Posts: 3824; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

On sale for $450 is very insulting. I still don't understand why the KeyTWO and the LE are so expensive when they are nothing more than midrange devices with the BlackBerry name.

3. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Yes, it’s very expensive for someone flipping burgers on minimum wage. But it’s not for you, it’s for a more discerning clientele who values privacy.

6. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

The BlackBerry KEY2 LE, even at the high price, is still tempting to me. Granted, I am often tempted by the iPhone too, but my temptation with BB is different than my iPhone temptation. I have to admit I'm not the more discerning clientele that you describe above (as I generally fraternize with the likes of Motorola, LG and Nokia), but only because I can hardly afford to be.

5. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

The added value of the BlackBerry KEY One, KEY2, and KEY2 LE is in the awesome hardware QWERTY keyboard (with capacitive trackpad and gesture super-powers, to boot!) that is absent just about everywhere else, the added privacy and security features in the software, and the trusted name and background. Kind of reminds me of the "new Nokia" under HMD Global - a similar storied past, and a similar comeback story. Otherwise, the specs on the BlackBerry are upper-end middling at best (which is fine for most people), and yes, the price is a bit high, but you get some extras that you don't get from other brands. They are doing decent, last I heard... not a huge surprise to me. Chen did it right. And he's still there, still directing things well as of the latest reports...

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