BlackBerry Priv gets FCC certification, official pre-order page still down

BlackBerry Priv gets FCC certification, official pre-order page still down
Yesterday, we told you that BlackBerry had put up its pre-order page in the U.S. for the BlackBerry Priv. The Android powered slider was priced at $749 USD. But then, all of a sudden, the page was quickly taken down. Many prospective Priv purchasers were hoping that BlackBerry had taken down the page because the price listed was too high. But some new information coming out today probably gives us the real reason why the BlackBerry Priv pre-order page was unceremoniously removed.

Today, the BlackBerry Priv was certified by the FCC. Now stick with us on this. Selling uncertified phones in the U.S. is a no-no. Now that this matter has been taken care of, we would not be surprised to see the page put back up with no changes to the pricing. Those who acted shocked at the price when it was posted yesterday shouldn't be stunned. BlackBerry CEO John Chen has warned us that the Priv would be pricey, going as far as discussing the possibility that the company would offer an installment plan for buyers.

As far as the FCC is concerned, there appears to be three different model numbers of the phone that will be offered by U.S. and Canadian carriers, STV100-1, STV100-3 and STV100-4. Check in often on Friday to see if the FCC certification was what BlackBerry was waiting for before taking pre-orders. A previous rumor stated that pre-orders for the phone would start on October 23rd, which is tomorrow.


source: FCC

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Priv
  • Display 5.4" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 18 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3410 mAh

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89 Comments

1. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

I love BB and love to see this hands on but $750 would have been a great price last year. This should be maxed out at $600 and thats pushing it

3. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Even maxed at 550...

6. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

The one good thing about them failing with pricing is that we should see a flash sale pretty soon. Mark my words, if it comes out at 750, we will see it somewhere available for 550 if not lower over the next couple months.

47. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

It's actually at 699$ official from US blackberry, and blackberry is known for their premium devices, their stuff isn't cheaply made.

65. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I agree, I think hitting a price point like $549 or $599 woudl have been ideal. However, at least BB is offering a truly premium device for this price. It isn't like in the past where they would charge an outrageous amount for a device using outdated specs, this is actually competitive with top tier devices out there. The added security featuers may be worth the extra money to some people out there, we'll just have to see if it is what it cracks up to be in that regard.The only major weak point in terms of specs is the front facing camera, but the Blackberry target audience is probably the least likely to be into the selfie craze, so they won't miss it. And this is cheaper than that one Archos phone announced 2 weeks ago with crap specs, by a crap brand, tat also touted securtity.

2. carlemillward unregistered

Blackberry comes loaded with Canadian spyware... said no one ever, LOL.

4. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Nearly all smartphones do, esp. chinese OEMs

5. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Pricing this at $750 was the dumbest thing they could have done. I mean, for 600? Yea, I'd buy. For 500? Definitely. But the specs do not value 750 bucks lol.

7. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

It values at $750, dude! but due to thier weak market share, they'll need to lower it's price to make it more affordable. But hey, if BB Priv with it's great security doesn't worth $750, then do you imply that other OEMs' 2015 flagships value at $1.4k?

9. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Honest question: what the hell are you talking about man? Lol This phone is not worth its price tag.

23. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Hey dude, 128GB iPhone 6S Plus costs $1.4k in India. I'm not trolling.

31. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

With BB OS10 on board you have a valid point. With Android you have a pure flagship with features no other Android OEM has.

48. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

You previously said it was pushing it's value at 550.... who understands you.

61. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

I said maxed at $550 replying to the Fallen1 who is a local consumer and fanboy, but not refering to enterprises, to which, the BB Priv is pivotaly aimed at.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

Personally, I feel the Priv is worth $750, especially for what it's bringing to the smartphone world. Flagship specs, a BlackBery handset running Googles Android complete with Google services, (and stock or near-stock Android at that), BlackBerry's superb build quality and awesome phone reception, an innovative slide out physical qwerty keyboard, the very best of BB10's features added to Android, and above all, a truly secure Android handset, secured by BlackBerry themselves. However, with BlackBerry trying to win over a portion of the consumer segment again, many of them will not buy the Priv due to its pricing. It's just too high for them, especially for a BlackBerry handset, due to the negative image BlackBerry has garnered amongst consumers. They are also placing themselves in direct competition with Androids upper echelon, and the iPhone. While I and a few others will argue that the Priv is worthy of this, the fact is that most consumers won't think the same. At this price, BlackBerry will be hard pressed to win over new consumers and win back those that left BlackBerry. Hopefully, carriers will offer great deals on the Priv to entice new buyers and former BlackBerry users. I also believe that if BlackBerry can get their primary user base of enterprise, government, and regulated industries to adopt the Priv, they will hit their mark of 5 million handsets sold in a year to make the hardware division profitable. Regardless of any of this, I will be buying one.

10. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

A struggling company that may not be able to provide consistent software updates, and that provides a phone with only an 808 processor and pretty average flagship specs across the board should not be 750. The Moto X Pure is 400 buck. There is no way this phone is worth almost double a Moto X pure.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

So by your standards, the LG G4 isn't a flagship. And why isn't this phone worth the asking price? Because you say so? And what makes you think that they won't be able to provide consistent software updates? Anything to back up that statement? And only BlackBerry's handset division is struggling. The rest of the company isn't. $3.5 billion in the bank and no debt and a growing software and licensing business back up my statement. As do the company's recent acquisitions and position as the lead MDM/EMM provider in enterprise also back up statement. You may not believe it's worth $750, but I feel that what it brings to the table is worth it. And since it's my money that I'll be spending, I will definitely get one.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Even i have to agree here. With the Moto XPE they finally get it right besides the mediocre battery life. BlackBerry must be insane to charge a premium price for a not so premium handset.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'll tell you the same thing I told him: It's not premium because YOU say so? The Priv is premium, it's just that considering BlackBerry's position in the consumer market, the price tag is too high. That has nothing to do with whether the handset is premium or not.

15. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Think about what you're saying man The Nexus 6P is premium. And it costs $499. Is the blackberry Priv 250 dollars more premium than the 6P? Hell no. Lol at you thinking because a phone is "premium" that it allows for any type of company to put any price tag they want on it. That makes no sense my dude.

17. Rafishant

Posts: 398; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Do you remember Z10? It was priced a little bit less than Priv at launch, but after few months of its epic fail, It sold for $199 from Shopblackberry.com

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

The Z10 didn't offer anywhere near what the Priv does. That's obvious. Creating an account just to troll is not only a sure to get banned, it's PATHETIC. 14 posts, and all trolling BlackBerry articles.

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So just because you disagree with him, that make him a troll?

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

No. He's a troll because he just created his account and all he does is spout negativity about BlackBerry, and often times he's incorrect, as I've proven in recent BlackBerry articles. Only another troll (read: YOU) would think it's otherwise.

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You are always talking about correcting someone other than yourself. You're always calling someone a troll so I don't care if you call me a troll for thinking otherwise.

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

Likewise, I don't give a $#!t about you or what you think or have to say. And I only call the trolls a troll, you troll.

67. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol don't get salty. I just asked a simple question and you're getting pretty defensive about it.

77. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thanks for proving me right, as predicted. Now see comment #44.

60. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Are you mental? It took almost a year and even then it was because of the Christmas special, after that it went back up. Nice trolling.

62. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Trolls never end, dude. just ignore.

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