BlackBerry says it is working on a way for software updates to reach the unlocked AT&T Priv

BlackBerry says it is working on a way for software updates to reach the unlocked AT&T Priv
For those who purchased the unlocked AT&T branded version of the BlackBerry Priv, receiving software updates requires the phone to have an AT&T SIM card placed inside. If you have the device running on another carrier, you are going to miss both security updates and the update to Android 6.0 (and future builds). The good news is that a fix is in the works.

According to a new post on the BlackBerry Knowledge Base, the company is currently working on a way to bring those with the device the latest software updates even if there isn't an active AT&T SIM card inserted in the phone. As it is an unlocked GSM handset, a T-Mobile SIM card will run the device in the U.S.

The unlocked version of the AT&T branded Priv has been the subject of some fabulous deals including one from back in April that offered the phone for only $450. The regular price of the device is $649, which includes a $50 permanent discount that also took place in April. Assuming that many T-Mobile customers took advantage of the lower price, the good news is that their updates could soon be freed from limbo.


source: BlackBerry via Crackberry

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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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4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The Priv has had a rocky lifespan between an unusually high price tag to getting a lukewarm release on carriers to not even being released on Sprint. Here's hoping blackberry learns from the Priv and go the universally unlocked route.

7. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

How many people do you suppose would buy flagship phones ($500 and up) outright? If it weren't for carrier financing, most of us would still be on flip phones. I get my phones from the OEMs directly 90% of the time because I can afford it, but there aren't too many people earning north of 100k.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Not too many, but even if you did financing, the cost still adds up. Growing number of people are buying phones outright.

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

How so? All the US carriers finance interest-free. Why let them earn interest on your money? Even if you can afford it, you keep your money in an interest-bearing account and pay off as little as possible. By the end of the term, your compounding interest will accrue enough to buy your next phone outright as well. You need a course in finance.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't trust "leasing" programs and imo, you're better off using a Cashback rewards card and gradually paying off the balance that way. Plus some cards, like American Express, offer purchase protection. Sure, you're paying a lot more upfront, but the cost savings overall in the long-term would be much better.

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Leasing? That's really throwing your money away. I'm talking purchase. AT&T Next, T-Mobile EIP, etc. are all purchase programs with 0% interest. If you want to part with your money upfront and not earn interest, that's your business. They say a fool and his money soon part, it's a miracle they get together in the first place.

23. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

I'm not following, what kind of interest bearing account are you talking about? Are you saying you use the interest from your or one of your accounts to purchase new smartphones yearly? Because through carriers, AT&T Next, Verizon Edge, etc. you need to pay off your device, or pay off the minimum amount of payments and trade in your phone to get the next upgrade. So I don't think that's what you were talking about.

39. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

He really thinks that if you pay for a phone upfront it's stupid because you could pay it off in payments at 0% interest. He thinks you can use the money that were going to buy the phone with and make interest on it. Somehow. Like. That's like maybe pennies. A couple of dollars. Yeah don't come to a phone website for financial help lol. Jesus that's way off

29. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not quite following, what exactly are you earning interest on? The way I see it, going the route of purchasing outright is cheaper. I mean it does get added to your bill.

38. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

He's not. I have no clue why someone would think buying a phone upfront is giving up interest on money. It doesn't even make sense. Why on earth would buying a cell phone be so complicated. You give them money. They give you a phone. This isn't Charles Schaub or a house mortgage. Jesus.

24. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

Btw, if you're going to buy your phone outright, and use a credit card, and you're in the US. You should get a Best Buy Credit Card, and purchase the phone outright from Best Buy. You can price match the device at Best Buy against other major retailers and purchases over a couple hundred of dollars grant you interest free payments for a year.

28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's another great option. I didn't think of the best buy card. And then you can use the reward zone points as well.

18. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

If you have to worry about how to purchase a phone or if you need a "payment plan" to pay for a phone then you shouldn't be purchasing a flag ship phone. Worrying about earning interest with a cell phone purchase.........yeah. Courses in finance are definitely needed. Good on BB for getting that update out though....carriers make updates so lame.

2. Subie

Posts: 2465; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I agree with meanestgenius. I think the OEM's will need to stand together against the carriers to get this done though. Samsung might be large enough to pull this off on their own, but don't seem to be trying... that we know about.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is why universally unlocked phones are superior. Bypass the carriers.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 23048; Member since: May 28, 2014

A handset doesn't need to be "universally unlocked" to bypass carriers. GSM unlocked handsets can be used to bypass the carriers as well, as BlackBerry already bypasses carriers with GSM unlocked BB10 handsets and GSM unlocked PRIVS purchased through them or Amazon, so your point is pretty much invalid. Of course, you'll disagree, but there is no disputing the FACTS.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Actually it does if it wants to be in the hands of customers on ALL carriers,so my point isn't invalidated at all.

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Per FCC's agreement with Verizon, ALL their handsets are unlocked. What difference does it make? They still control the updates. If a carrier doesn't accept your MEID, it ain't gonna fly. This obsession with "universal unlocking" is troubling.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Verizon's phones are unlocked out of the box, but you can only use them on GSM with some limitations or prepaid networks. At least if it was universally unlocked, with all carrier bands, you can use it on whatever carrier you want. It's a win-win for the consumer.

17. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Says who? There are no limitations. My father-in-law's Verizon phone is on T-Mobile with zero limitations and I've used VZW phones on AT&T and T-Mobile. Sprint is a non-option because they simply blow.

19. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

What phone does he have? Most Verizon phones don't have the right LTE bands to access 4LTE speeds on other carriers, that's the limitation.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 23048; Member since: May 28, 2014

Your point is invalid based on what you posted. A handset doesn't need to be universally unlocked to have updates bypass the carrier. It just needs to be GSM unlocked. But of course, you're now adding things that you didn't originally post. It's called deflecting.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's only invalid because you're on this hate spree with anything universally unlocked and you just don't want to admit the truth.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 23048; Member since: May 28, 2014

And you're still deflecting. I said nothing AGAINST the merits of universally unlocked handsets. I simply corrected your false statement of saying that universally unlocked phones are superior because updates for them can bypass the carrier as opposed to GSM unlocked handsets, when in fact, GSM unlocked handsets can be used to bypass carriers as well via updates. But of course, you are disagreeing with what I said because it was I that said it.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not deflecting at all. It's like I said before, why limit yourself to just GSM when you can do both GSM and CDMA? The only reason you're even having this argument is because you just can't stand it when someone says otherwise.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 23048; Member since: May 28, 2014

You are deflecting. I mentioned absolutely nothing about the lack of merits of universally unlocked handsets. You are deflecting and changing the subject because you know you messed up and posted FALSE information when you implies that GSM unlocked handsets cannot be used to bypass carriers with OEM updates. We are having this "argument" because you can't admit that you posted false information and are now deflecting.

42. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I haven't changed anything. I didn't imply anything although the update not going through for the supposedly unlocked AT&T variant does give credence to what I said. No, we are having this argument because you can't help but question everything that contrasts what you say.

49. meanestgenius

Posts: 23048; Member since: May 28, 2014

Of course you did. It's right here in "digital ink" for all to see. Your comment #3 says one thing, and you switch it up in comment #6 and start deflecting. Much like you're doing in that recent Apple article where you're getting hammered. You can spin it any way you want. You posted false information, got corrected by me on it, and you can't stand it, so now you want to argue.

61. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol I want to argue? Lol no, it's you who wants to argue. It's like I said, you couldn't stand what I said above blackberry and you're now acting like a pouty little child who had her favorite doll taken away.

69. meanestgenius

Posts: 23048; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, you do. You're seething with anger that I corrected you and called you out for being a fountain of misinformation. You're so angry about it that you even switched up what you said in your next response to me, like no one would see your response prior to that one. Lmao! And I see that I've made you change your avatar yet again. Got tired of me bashing it? Lmao!

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