BlackBerry Priv, Passport, Classic and other models no longer available from BlackBerry in the U.S.


It was back in September of 2015 that many of us heard the phone name BlackBerry Priv for the first time. Prior to a tweet from reliable tipster Evan Blass, BlackBerry's Android powered QWERTY slider was known by its code name, the Venice. Shortly thereafter, BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed the Priv name (it's short for Privacy of course), and the Android era was officially kicked off in Waterloo.

It's clear that the Priv, as hard as it tried, could not deliver the usual BlackBerry physical keyboard experience to BlackBerry users. Because of the slider, the Priv was unable to use the fretted keyboard style that made the physical QWERTY on the BlackBerry Bold 9000 one of the best of all time. And while not quite as outstanding, the QWERTYs on the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and Bold 9900  both receive Honorable Mention.

Besides the QWERTY slider, the Priv garnered plenty of attention for being the first Berry to run totally on Android. This meant that all of those popular apps in the Google Play Store would work perfectly on the Priv, not with the myriad problems that took place when Android Runtime was added to BlackBerry 10.

Now that BlackBerry is about to launch its best Android powered smartphone ever in the BlackBerry KEYone,, there doesn't seem to be a reason to continue to sell the Priv. The KEYone not only features a drool producing PKB, it also offers the kind of battery life that phone users would dream about if they dreamed about such things. So with the Priv no longer needed, the model has been removed from the Shop BlackBerry website in the U.S. and Canada. 

BlackBerry has its May Sale going on at the moment, and in the U.S. the BlackBerry DTEK50 is priced at $229. That is a $70 or 23% haircut from the usual $299 price. The BlackBerry DTEK60 will cost you $460, a $39 or 7.8% price cut from the usual $499 cost of the device. Those are the only phones listed on the site. Click on the BlackBerry Priv, BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Leap and the only listings are for accessories that go with these phones. Speaking of accessories, several are available at a price of up to 50% off.

So let's reiterate. BlackBerry's own Shop BlackBerry website is no longer selling any BlackBerry 10 powered phones anywhere. The Priv is available with huge discounts in the U.K. and Germany only. And the DTEK50 and DTEK60 are on sale, being offered in all regions covered by the manufacturer's online stores.

If you have a Priv, Passport, Classic or Leap and you need accessories, or you want to take advantage of the discounts on the DTEK50 or DTEK60, click on the slideshow below.

source:ShopBlackBerry (U.S), (Canada), (U.K.), (Germany), (France)

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70 Comments

1. Neoberry99

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 30, 2015

It was inevitable. I'm still using my Priv though and probably keep until they make a successor to it.

12. Eraman

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 13, 2015

I really hope to see a successor to the priv, and I believe that BlackBerry will return to Smartphones just like what Nokia did.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't see blackberry returning to the phone world. They tried with two flagship phones that sold poorly.

24. Nate650

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 11, 2015

Without any marketing. Let's see what TCL brings to the table. They clearly have a compelling phone in the KEYone, so they should be able to reverse the sales declines with the right advertising. I want to see some clever TV ads. I see the Samsung Galaxy S8 phones advertised on TV all the time.

28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think they'll be able to market it as much as Samsung does for the S8. They have a huge marketing budget. That's probably why they delayed the KeyONE until May because of the S8.

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

I think TCL will be able to provide some good marketing. They already started with some over the internet, and there has been some product placement of KEYone on television shows. TCL is a top 10 global smartphone manufacturer, so they're not lacking for money. The only reason why the KEYone was delayed in some markets was to ensure that inventory matched demand. It's already on sale in London, since May 5th.

37. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Aka, I'm going to continue acting like a blackberry salesperson, throwing my pitch everywhere and giving my $.02 just because Mxy said something I disagree with.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

Aka, I'm going to continue to act like an inbred trolling shill, posting ignorant comments, conjecture and fabrication that I try to pass off as fact, simply because Meanestgenius likes BlackBerry, something that I've already admitted to doing.

49. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Aka, I'm going to continue having the world's biggest superiority complex. I complain about Mxy giving his opinion yet I'm still responding because he is my superior who puts me in my place over and over again.

54. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

Aka, I'm going to keep deflecting from the fact that I'm the biggest inbred trolling shill on this site that's already admitted to posting willfully ignorant comments about BlackBerry because of my little "feud" with Meanest, and I also admitted to hiding my trolling behind the word "opinion". I won't stop responding to Meanest or stop trying to get his attention because he's taken up so much space in my head that he's become my world and superior, even though he puts me in place constantly. But hey, any attention from Meanest is good attention as far as I'm concerned, even negative attention.

60. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't flatter yourself. You're just another lackey. You're not important, not at all. Sorry to burst your bubble, well not really. You're just letting that massive ego cloud your already poor judgment. Lol get over it.

66. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, of course I'm important, especially to YOU. Why else would you admit to making willfully ignorant comments on BlackBerry articles because of our "little feud" ( your words, not mine), as well as admit to trolling BB10 because of me (again, you admitted this). I take up so much space in that teeny tiny head of yours that I need to start paying you rent.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

Both BlackBerry and Nokia essentially follow the same model of having others build, market, price and sell their branded handsets, with Nokia having some actual former Nokia employees working for HMD and BlackBerry providing the software and security, respectively. Both companies ensure the quality of the product. This way, we still get the phones we want from the brands we choose to buy from, while both companies respectively focus on what they do best, and continue to be successful at it.

25. Eraman

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 13, 2015

BlackBerry's in-house builded phones are more important for me than what Chinese manufacturers make

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

TCL has made two great blackberry phones.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

TCL makes some pretty good phones. And their BlackBerry branded handsets are made using BlackBerry patents as well.

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I just said that.

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

And? Your point? Oh, you don't have one. Understood.

48. Mxyzptlk unregistered

My point is that you are doing the same sht you claim I'm doing. You only responded to him just because I said something.

53. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, stop projecting. That's your BS thing, not mine.

59. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not projecting. You do it all the time. Stop deflecting.

65. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're always projecting, stop deflecting and talking BS.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

They're obviously clearing out shop. They are no longer a hardware company, they don't manufacture smartphones anymore, so it only makes sense that they sell out of all remaining smartphone hardware now. This is only logical. They're a software, services and security company now. BlackBerry Mobile/TCL, BB Putih Merah, and Opteimus are the companies that build, distribute, price and market BlackBerry branded hardware now, with BlackBerry themselves providing the software and security only.

6. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

You are correct, but you know resident BlackBerry troll will try to spin this. Troll cannot help but post tall tale and try to say it is fact.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, you're absolutely correct.

15. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Lol lol lol. Tall tale has arrived, just like we say.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, talk about predictable.

40. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And you aren't?

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

Am I predictable in the fact that I shut you down all of the time we "debate"? I sure am!

51. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You shut me down? Lol, I'm still going on dumb@$$.

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