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 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 18 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3410 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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89. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 23122; Member since: May 28, 2014

38. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3204; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Perfect. Now we need to see if the carriers (USA) are going to pick it up.

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 23122; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. If the rumors are correct, all for major US carriers should be picking up the Priv.

27. Johndough561

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 23, 2015

I must say this phone is priced wayyyyyy to high given the position BlackBerry is in at the present moment. I'm saying this from the perspective of actually being a BlackBerry fan (I own a passport). Given how cheap flagship phones have become this is a huge mistake by BlackBerry. This phone probably won't sell nearly enough units to make any type of positive impact. $600 would be ok, hell even $649 but $749....HELL NAW that's too much and people won't buy this phone

20. Derekjeter

Posts: 1581; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I do think the price is an issue but what's worst is the lack of Verizon support. I loved my BB Storm when I had it but this Priv is one phone I wanted to have for a while, BB style with Android services and that keyboard damn! To bad I won't be able to buy.

57. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

You can always switch away from Veriexpensive to at&t, same service but you'll now have GSM freedom, a concept not many of you Americans know when you are with Verizon.

11. Daevos

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 18, 2014

Is there something I'm missing about this phone? It seems to me that I'd be better off getting an S6 Edge or Edge plus versus this phone. I'd be missing the slide-out keyboard and the Blackberry security, is that it? The keyboard is quite niche and while probably worth it for some not many and the security for my personal phone isn't that big of a deal especially with encryption on Marshmallow and various end-to-end encryption messaging apps. To be clear I want to want this phone. I've been cheering for Blackberry since I heard QNX was involved in developing their OS 5 years ago. And it does seem that they have made a good phone but where is my fingerprint scanner that is becoming a standard on flagships? It may have been said elsewhere but does this phone have Phase/laser detection on it's camera?

16. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I actually agree with most of your points.. Really the only issue with this phone is price.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 23122; 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: 23122; 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: 23122; 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: 413; 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: 23122; 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: 23122; 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: 23122; 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: 23122; Member since: May 28, 2014

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

60. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; 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.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 23122; Member since: May 28, 2014

I don't think that just because the phone is "premium" that its priced this way. No where did I say that. But I do think that for all it has to offer that the price is ok. That's MY OPINION, and I have every right to feel that way. Lol at YOU for thinking I should think like you. Why I think the price ISN'T ok is because of BlackBerry's current POSITION in the consumer space. They absolutely shouldn't price it this high if they are trying to win over the consumer segment again due to their negative public image. But this is a business, and businesses will price their merchandise accordingly. Your opinion is yours, and my opinion is mine. Leave it at that.

37. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't care about you having the opinion. I'm only referring to you attacking other comments for voicing their opinions. You're getting defensive again. It's just like you said, BlackBerry shouldn't price it this high with the competition it has out there.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 23122; Member since: May 28, 2014

I didn't attack anyone. If you noticed, Samung what's-his-name addressed me first. Learn to read and comprehend. As I posted prior, I could care less about what you think or have to say. It's all immaterial to me.

68. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Sure it is otherwise you wouldn't be having a hissy fit

78. meanestgenius

Posts: 23122; Member since: May 28, 2014

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

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