BlackBerry Priv sells out on Amazon U.S. in just hours


Earlier today, we told you that demand for the BlackBerry Priv has been heavy. How heavy? Consider that on BlackBerry's own online store, new orders for the unlocked version of the Android flavored slider won't be shipped until the week of November 23rd. Now, we have more confirmation that the Priv is selling like hotcakes.

Earlier today, online retailer Amazon put the phone up for sale from its U.S. web site. Priced at the same $699 that it is being sold for through the manufacturer's website, the slider sold out on Amazon within hours.

If you live in the states and you absolutely must have a BlackBerry Priv, you can try AT&T. The latter, for now, is the only U.S. carrier with the phone. Verizon has said that the Priv will be arriving at Big Red "soon." Other places that might sell you the phone are New York City's B&H  Photo, and BlackBerry's online store.

If sales of the Priv continue to be strong, we could see BlackBerry offer a version of the BlackBerry Passport powered by Android. Images of such a device have already been leaked, with talk that BlackBerry is waiting to see how the public responds to the Priv. If the early results mean anything, it seems that the smartphone buying public really digs an Android powered BlackBerry.

source: BerryReview

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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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41 Comments

1. TechNeck

Posts: 656; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Blackberry get's the Best Improvement in sales Award!

30. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Sigh... And therein lies the problem. BB has gained a lot of emotional support without actually delivering in any aspect in the past few years. I may be a minority in this aspect of thought but the first phone selling out does not bode well for the consumers. If I remember correctly, when BB was on top, they would always provide under-speced and under-delivering handsets at sky-high prices. I wish all the best to BB, I honestly do. I just hope we are ot pushed back into the pre-smartphone era where BB handsets could only be afforded by 'BIG CORPORATES' and we all had to look on from the other side of the glass.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

That was ages ago, from a management team that lost its way, to another management team that just didn't "get it". I think that I'm in the majority here that knows that John Chen has been nothing but transparent, and he "gets it". I'm sure that should the Priv be successful, we will see more Android powered BlackBerry devices, at different price points.

34. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Is it really a sell out if the number of devices offered is significantly low? Blackberry knows they can't afford to mass produce these phones with the steep price they're charging. I think they're dooming themselves to fail in the long run. I watched a video from a youtuber on the Priv and while the features look nice, the overall package just seems kind of off. I think they should have just started off small and offered a more affordable Android offering instead of charging a premium.

62. chloebaby

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 13, 2015

You need to physically look at it and hold it to appreciate the subtleties.

2. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

no joke blackberry has improved alot and they have a huge fan base so it wasn't surprising it was their bb os that was holding them back ... if nokia would adopt android for high end their millions of smartphone will be sold out in just couple of hours

3. warrenellis93

Posts: 550; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

this is the kind of phone i want

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

how many unit they have in stock anyway? 1000? :-/ btw, PA score 7,8/10 User rating 9.5/10 (even if its just from 2 new guy :P )

6. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

PA score system: if (brand != Apple) { score -= 0.7; }

5. quintessential

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

I hope they can stick to the same exact design for the Blackberry Passport with Android. The newer Blackberry Passport Silver Edition is grotesque IMO.

13. Nate650

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 11, 2015

Interesting. I find the SE to be the most appealing. It also has some ergonomic improvements.

7. shinywindow unregistered

But that sheetazz John v. Said the priv sux and rated it a 7 so this story must be false right?

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Now this is welcome news, indeed. Glad to see that BlackBerry is having such success with the Priv early on. Hopefully, they can maintain this momentum with the Priv and we can see it translate into a successful hardware division from BlackBerry, which would bring us new BlackBerry handsets in the future. Kudos, BlackBerry!

9. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Can I get it in 4.7" form favor please?

10. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Blackberry should do decent sales on Android.

11. JohnGrant

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

I'm very curious as to how many Privs Blackberry produced. My hope is that it was a lot since it's pretty much sold out everywhere now (except for carriers and ebay). I know that in Canada carriers are selling it unlocked for $100 cheaper than shopblackberry is.

63. chloebaby

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 13, 2015

It seems AT&T in the US is about $40 more that shop blackberry right now

12. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Take note HTC and Sony fans. It's not marketing that is the problem, especially Sony who makes the best ads. They fooled me more than a few times with their marketing. It's the product plain and simple that's holding back their sales.

27. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

That and having good fanboys. Blackberry fanboys are definitely more reliable than Sony or HTC ones.

14. Nate650

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 11, 2015

This is awesome. The Priv is a remarkable effort and may pave the way for BlackBerry to become the tech comeback story of the decade.

15. midge27

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

Bring on a passport sized slider. And a miniature priv. Make me a q10.2 while you're at it. Wonder if they can make the qnx hypervisor run backwards android with bb10 on the side instead of bb10 with android on the side.

16. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Good news for BB.

17. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

I'm very glad for Blackberry this is just the beginning well done guys!

21. Be_Mine

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

What! They have sold out all the 30 units already??? Hmnn...It's going to be a good year for Blackberry.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Now this^^ right up there above is an example of trolling at its finest.

35. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Is it really though? Do you really think his comment is far off base? Blackberry won't produce that many units and I don't see a transparent answer from Chen anytime soon.

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Even if his comment isn't far off base, there is a much better way of conveying his message than trolling. And yes, that was a trolling comment.

42. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I wouldn't call it trolling, although he could probably have worded it a little better. It seems to be more sarcastic than trolling.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nah, that was trolling. But you are, of course, welcome to your opinion.

47. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Indeed, and in my opinion, I don't think he was trying to troll.

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