Canadian carrier Telus to sell the BlackBerry Priv November 6th

Canadian carrier Telus to sell the BlackBerry Priv November 6th
Canadian carrier Telus confirmed on Friday that the BlackBerry Priv will be offered starting on November 6th. Pricing has not yet been announced, and the carrier will not take pre-orders for the handset. Also on Friday, BlackBerry posted its own in-house pre-order page for the device, charging $699. It also will ship on November 6th.

The BlackBerry Priv features a 5.4-inch dual curved screen with a 1440 x 2560 QHD resolution. The Snapdragon 808 SoC is under the hood with a hexa-core CPU and the Adreno 418 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside, with 32GB of expandable, native storage. The rear-facing camera is an 18MP Schneider-Kreuznach snapper with OIS, and there is a 2MP front-facing camera that shoots selfies and handles video chats.

Back in June, BlackBerry CEO Chen said that he would not offer an Android powered 'Berry until the platform could be secure. Chen said in a blog post on Friday that this day had come. The executive said that the Priv is for "BlackBerry users who need it all: choice, innovation, security, privacy and productivity."

Did BlackBerry miss out on a chance to do some big time promoting by failing to hold a media event for the phone? Or has BlackBerry come to the conclusion that consumers wouldn't be interested in the Priv. If so, the company might have made a terrible mistake. Where has BlackBerry been the last three months? Ever since images of the Venice (and then the Priv) started surfacing, there has been plenty of attention from Android users who had previously said that they would never buy a BlackBerry phone.


This is not the BlackBerry Storm. Unless BlackBerry has a reason for wanting the Priv to fail, the device should be given every chance to succeed. And that means holding a media event, advertising it, and letting the world know that BlackBerry has this unique Android handset that might have all of the features that people are looking for in a smartphone.


source: BlackBerry, Crackberry (1), (2)

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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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52 Comments

1. GeekMovement unregistered

I wonder if you're able to fully navigate throughout the phone with the keyboard without having to touch the display?

3. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

I'm not sure either. I've read everything. You might be able to as it supposed to act as a mouse, sorta.

25. GeekMovement unregistered

Haha same, I'm trying to look up as much info as possible. Excited for the reviews!

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22000; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yep, you can. The keyboard functions just like the innovative PKB on the BlackBerry Passport.

23. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

That keyboard was one of the coolest and IMO most innovative feature on a phone last year! Trying it out or just watching demos of the keyboard makes you want one. Glad they're using on the Priv.

26. GeekMovement unregistered

Pretty sure I want this over the Note5 now, it sounds really awesome! If we end up going to TMobile or AT&T this will be my next phone.

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

IMA go broke buying this device

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And BlackBerry is going to go belly up for charging such a problem for their first Droidberry.

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Premium, not problem.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22000; Member since: May 28, 2014

"When you try and troll BlackBerry, only to have autocorrect on your i-Device totally f*ck it up for you". This episode of "Trolling gone wrong" brought to by Meanestgenius, starring Mxyzptlk. Lmao!

33. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Lmao +1

37. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Of course you would find that funny. That terrible comment matches your 3rd-grade level.

43. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Lmao mad kid?

47. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

You mad bro? Lmao!!

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Plot twist: I didn't type that on an iDevice. Here's your Dunce cap.

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 22000; Member since: May 28, 2014

Dude, there's no way you can come back from that. Just take the "L" and go sit in the corner quietly. Lol. I'm not going to make this another "3 day epic" like we usually have. You're done. And any attempt you make at a comeback after this will only serve to amplify this fact. It's just going to make you look desperate for my attention. It is the weekend, after all. Since you already know the drill, I'm not going to repeat it. But I know you, you're gonna prove me right, as usual.

44. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

He is so defensive man and there's no point either. Most times he just picks fights with people, why i deem him king troll. Worst then bobbybuster.

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 22000; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed! He is far worse than BobbyBuster. And the king of kings when it comes to trolls. +1 for the truth.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22000; Member since: May 28, 2014

Need to see marketing and release events for this handset, asap! Let's go, BlackBerry!

8. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Did you order one?

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22000; Member since: May 28, 2014

Waiting for T-Mobile to pick it up. If they don't do so in a month or so, I will order it from shop.blackberry.com.

12. drdaly

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

I did pre-order mine and i think the price is fair regarding the competition ( sam., HTC, LG& Apple ) even lamias ( without a proper ecosystem) are pricy right now !!! Its not a chineese handset to be priced lower than 700$ !!

15. Monsterhunter

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

Well since I'm Telus ND can't pre-order which I guess is really no biggy....i will just get it on the 6th. All on all as a previous post stated this phone offers a lot of stuff in a beautiful design. Once people see this phone and realize it's potential they will buy it. The problem too Is when you go into a store( and I speak for only the community I live in) that the sales reps don't really focus on the blackberry and instead they go to the iPhone and such. It is the carriers satellite outlets too that need to help people out in regards to different phones and not dismiss a particular brand based on their preferences. Sales people need to have an equal opinion on all platforms and not " oh it's a blackberry, you don't want that). I have heard this. Anyways my two and a half cents ( considering we don't have pennies anymore) lol

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22000; Member since: May 28, 2014

Since BlackBerry has joined Googles Android ecosystem, we should see that stigma come to an end.

27. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Not to stereotype but there are a lot of immature sales staff working in cell shops. They tend to brag and promote their preference instead of seeing what your true needs are. One salesperson is for iPhone, and in another shop they're totally in love with LG. Sadly I've never heard one promote the positives of BB10 or Windows. +1 Monsterhunter.

30. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Its because usually americans wants to get an iPhone to take selfies against a mirror and upload it to Insta... Not being racist, Its a reality.

32. Pjews

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Where is the marketing and advertising for the BlackBerry Priv? Is BlackBerry still sleeping with regard to promoting their new product to the public. To me it looks like they want the BlackBerry Priv to fail. By this failure to have a reason to close down the HW division at the company and sell 00the business to Foxconn.

52. Armor

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

There is no need to advertise yet. If they started advertising now and people saw it on TV they would rush to the store to get it and its not there yet. So they may would buy something else. There will be advertising when the stores have it.

36. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

I'm all for value! If not many buy this due to the price, it was too high. If they would've priced it $50-$100 cheaper, would there still be people complaining about the price? Yep! And that the specs are not worth it or that BB is grasping at straws. Would it be the same posters that we have stating it's priced too high, now? Probably! So, do the polite thing. If you have nothing nice to say, keep it to yourself. BlackBerry fans have the right to enjoy the new release without having people rain on the parade. Opinions are like a$$holes, we all have one... it's just some of us are polite enough to keep them covered up when we go in public.

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 22000; Member since: May 28, 2014

Spot on. Excellent post. +1.

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