BlackBerry Priv starts getting December security update, but only on AT&T

BlackBerry is more often than not among the first companies to provide its users with the latest security updates released by Google. This month is no exception, as the Canadian company is now kicking off the rollout of December security patch for the BlackBerry Priv.

After Samsung announced that the Galaxy S7 edge devices are now eligible for the December security update, BlackBerry is following up with its own take on the security patch.

However, the update is only available to those who take part in the BlackBerry Beta Zone OS update, which means that the Canadian company still has to make some small adjustments.

On top of that, only AT&T customers are seeing the update for the moment. If you meet both requirements then you should look for a software update with build number AAI020.

If everything goes well, we expect BlackBerry to start the global rollout of the December security update in the next couple of days. Obviously, the exact timing may vary by country and carrier.

It's unclear whether or not the update brings some other changes aside from the addition of the December security patch, but we will probably know more once AT&T or other carrier publishes the official changelog.

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1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22431; Member since: May 28, 2014 The BlackBerry DTEK50 and DTEK60 devices in the beta program have also received the update, since December 5th. It's great being part of the BlackBerry Beta Program, especially if you have a carrier branded device. You get the updates as soon as BlackBerry releases them. Kudos to BlackBerry staying on top of, and releasing, speedy security updates.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Great news that blackberry is supporting the Priv with the monthly security updates and patches. Still no sign of Nougat though in the near future.

3. JeanMouloud

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

It's a bit strange to say "only AT&T" when it can be unlocked and run with any carrier, including and especially overseas countries where it hasn't been officially trusses released.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Not entirely true. It won't operate on a CDMA carrier if I am not mistaken. It'll probably operate on most GSM carriers but depending on the bands it contains, it may not be 100% compatible. That's why I think phones with all carrier bands like the 6P are the way to go in the industry.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22431; Member since: May 28, 2014

When they say "only AT$T", they mean the AT&T branded models, unlocked or locked, that are in the beta program. BlackBerry has has factory unlocked PRIV models that are fully compatible with all GSM networks, the world standard, including overseas where it may not have been released yet. They do have a PRIV model that's compatible with the largest CDMA carrier in the world, Verizon, as well as CDMA carriers elsewhere in the world, but seeing as how CDMA is being phased out worldwide, it matters less and less as time goes by. Besides, CDMA carriers don't really BlackBerry handsets, which is why BlackBerry doesn't build them anymore.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22431; Member since: May 28, 2014

*CDMA carriers in the U.S. don't really support BlackBerry handsets**

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Understandably so, the US market is still part of the world and it's a significant market with CDMA still being the more prevalent market due to Verizon. It's not phased out just yet. Why deny any blackberry fans on CDMA to use a blackberry handset?

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22431; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm not denying BlackBerry fans anything. I don't make BlackBerry phones. BlackBerry isn't denying it's fans anything either, it's the CDMA carriers and their lack of support for BlackBerry branded handsets that's denying the fans. They won't provision them with full services, and if it's a handset that the carrier themselves does not provide, they won't provision them at all. Verizon is notorious for this. That's a fact. (For the record, BlackBerry Android STV100-2 models do support CDMA radios for Verizon, and STV100-3 and 100-4 support support CDMA bands overseas.) People who actually use BlackBerry handsets and are fans of the brand know this. All others that try and speak on this subject without actually knowing what's going on are just speculating, at best. CDMA is not more prevalent than GSM in the U.S., despite Verizon's size. There are more GSM carriers in the U.S. than there are CDMA carriers, two of which are the second and third largest carriers in the U.S. Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Huawei and every other Android OEM outside of Google and Motorola also DO NOT make universally unlocked phones. 2 of the OEM's I listed are among the top 3 smartphone vendors in the world. There's a reason that all of the OEM's I listed don't make universally unlocked phones. It's because CDMA is being phased out. Even Verizon is fastly switching over to VoLTE. I know it's hard for you to accept that GSM is the world standard, but there's a reason for that. I also know it's hard for to accept that CDMA is being phased out, but there's a reason for that, as well. It's antiquated technology. I've no desire to go back and forth with you AGAIN on a topic that you and I have gone back and forth about literally dozens of times, nor do I have any desire to entertain you on yet another BlackBerry article, especially when I wasn't responding to your comment. I know you'll post something to try and contradict what I'm saying, but you're seeking me out here, not the other way around. As you've stated in another article, you and I do not get along, and cannot have a civil debate for long, so would you even bother responding to my comment, unless it's to pick a fight? And yes, it is an open forum, but our "discussions" always end up as fights, so my point still stands. Arguing/debating with you accomplishes absolutely nothing, as you refuse to see any other point than your own, even when I post links to back up what I'm saying. You don't have to accept what I'm saying as fact. I know you won't, because it's me that's saying it, and no matter what you say to the contrary, that's a fact that everyone is aware of, including YOU. However, when CDMA is dead and buried in a few years, you'll change your tune. When you respond, and you will, most likely mimicking me as you try to contradict what I've said, refer to this comment.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not going to write a wall of text, but I am going to point out that CDMA networks aren't dead at the moment. The fact that Apple and Samsung, two of the biggest OEMs in the world, still produce devices that support CDMA networks with Apple supporting all networks with universal bands on their phones. The whole point of suggesting universality unlocked phones is for people who have Privs on Verizon can leave and use their same device on another network without having to get a brand new device. I had to counter the comment that said something about the world standard. The US is part of the world and still uses CDMA networks.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22431; Member since: May 28, 2014

So predictable. You only see your point and no one else's, as I said. That's why I said debating with you accomplishes absolutely nothing. You'll never want to see any point but your own. See comment #8, and then go away. You're a complete waste of time.

11. WillyWillFour2Oh

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 15, 2016

12/15 tmobile now recieving this update

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