Customers who pre-ordered the BlackBerry Priv are getting a free case and car charger

Customers who pre-ordered the BlackBerry Priv are getting a free case and car charger
Released today in the US and Canada, the BlackBerry Priv is a unique smartphone, not just because it's BlackBerry's first Android-based handset ever, but also because it's the world's first to feature a dual-curve display and a sliding QWERTY keyboard.

While you can currently buy the Priv from AT&T in the US, and from Telus in Canada, pre-orders for the handset have been available via BlackBerry's website since October. However, folks who pre-ordered the Priv haven't received it earlier than those who are only now buying it. More exactly, BlackBerry informed customers that shipments are just now starting, so it might take a few days before the device actually arrives to doorsteps. The good news is that BlackBerry is giving a free slide-out hard shell case (valued at $39.99), plus a "premium in-vehicle charger" to all those who've pre-ordered the Priv. These gifts won't be sent at the same time with the smartphone. Instead, "you will receive an email detailing how to redeem these accessories."

Besides AT&T, Verizon is also getting ready to release the BlackBerry Priv, though no release date was given. Currently running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, the Priv will be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow sometime next year. You can take a closer look at the new handset by checking out our BlackBerry Priv review.


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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61 Comments

43. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

classy move by BBM.

31. GeekMovement unregistered

Wouldn't be surprised to see Blackberry cutting the price of the Priv after seeing so many complaints about it. lol

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 23172; Member since: May 28, 2014

I wouldn't be surprised to see them lower the price either. But isn't that what most, if not all, phone manufacturers do after a certain time, anyway? Or they will offer an incentive to buy the Priv, much like most other manufacturers do.

34. GeekMovement unregistered

Yep that's true. I meant if Blackberry were to drop the price sooner than after a certain period of time, but then again I haven't really seen Blackberry phones dropping price (at least on Sprint) in the past, even after few years. Thank goodness I got the whole contract mess fixed up so we can leave early next year rather than waiting out 'til 2017! I'd love it if they'd keep doing that free case and car charger though!

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 23172; Member since: May 28, 2014

Which carrier are you considering next, if I may ask?

38. GeekMovement unregistered

Family wants Verizon and I was thinking T-Mobile, but not sure of the coverage in our area.. I guess we live in a pocket residential area where Sprint and T-Mobile coverage weakens a bit, but I really like the features from T-Mobile. We haven't really considered AT&T too much, but meh I guess we're going to have a winter debate on that haha.

39. GeekMovement unregistered

Of course, T-Mobile does have wifi calling so I guess our home would be covered for sure. Just hoping the same for when we go out as I don't really trust any other wifi networks out there. I've signed up to be notified when their next test drive device becomes available, but so far no sign. Must be really popular lol.

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 23172; Member since: May 28, 2014

Well, in terms of price, T-Mobile gives you much more bang for your buck, especially with them having unlimited 4GLTE data. But Verizon, while pricey, gives the best service bar none, in terms of signal strength.

42. GeekMovement unregistered

That's the tough part haha. I know the reason why my family wants to move out of Sprint is due to weak coverage.. they can't hear the other person on the line whether at home or outside. It's like static walkie talkie except worse lol. So Verizon is definitely appealing to us because of their best coverage, but T-Mobile's wifi calling, roll over data, affordable prices, Canada & Mexico coverage, music freedom, and the fact that they don't smear their phones with ugly logos everywhere.. sigh.. tough decisions. I definitely would like to test out T-Mobile's coverage if they ever get a test drive device in...

44. meanestgenius

Posts: 23172; Member since: May 28, 2014

Well, I'm a T-Mobile subscriber and I haven't had any real issues with coverage. But then again, I live in a big city/metro area, if that's any help. Good luck in making your choice! It's definitely a tough one.

45. GeekMovement unregistered

Thanks! I guess I shouldn't really be too concerned with the coverage when out and about with the T-Mobile headquarters just a couple cities south of us haha, but we'll see what happens next year!

12. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

When it's price goes down, will then think about it.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 23172; Member since: May 28, 2014

Too many people here complaining about the price, while not realizing everything that the Priv brings to the table is what justifies the price, IMO. Anyone is free not to buy the the Priv if they feel the price is unwarranted. Many people complaining about the price probably had no intention of buying it anyway, so it makes no sense to complain about it. And these are most likely the same people that haven't even looked out how the Priv is priced competitively when compared to other high-end smartphones at launch. In any event, it's good that BlackBerry is giving away free merchandise for those that ordered the Priv, since they may receive the device a little late. Not sure how many other companies would even do that.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You sound really ignorant here. Just because you think it offers enough value for $700 doesn't mean someone else will. Stop trying to force your opinion on people. "Many people complaining about the price probably had no intention of buying it anyway" Oh my goodness.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 23172; Member since: May 28, 2014

Get off my sack, Mxy. I voiced my opinion here just like everyone else did, and at NO TIME did I "force" my views on anyone else. Are you trying to say that people have a right to voice their opinions, but I don't? Your hypocrisy is showing big time right now. Or are you whining yet again about my opinion because it's not the same as yours and a few others? You sound like the ignorant @$$ that I know you to be simply because my opinion differs from others. Am I here saying that ANYONE has to agree with my POV or else? ABSOLUTELY NOT. And if you try and say that I'm "implying" it, that's pure BS and just your way of wanting my attention. It is the weekend, after all, and as I have consistently shown, you ALWAYS want my attention on the weekend. You don't like my posts? Here's a thought: Take your own advice, that you have consistently tried to force onto others, and DON'T READ THEM. Any response from you will clearly prove once again that you're just begging for my attention, and the reply you will get from me is "Thanks for proving me right, now see comment __." Now go seek out someone else to entertain your pathetically miserable, all-alone-on-the-weekend, stained tighty whitey @$$.

15. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

And this is why Samsung gone all in on the design, as they not going to make any cash on users that need removing battery and sd card support, they just need cheap phones and never pay out real cash for there goods

17. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Haha! Love this comment here

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Why because I touched a nerve and she's getting butthurt about it?

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 23172; Member since: May 28, 2014

Clearly I reached deep into your gut, because you're the one whining here about my opinion. You're acting like my comment molested your mother or something. Oh, and see comment #14 and then get off me.

46. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Wasn't talking to you.

52. meanestgenius

Posts: 23172; Member since: May 28, 2014

So what?

29. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2127; Member since: May 29, 2014

No. Because it was mad funny and once again you're getting SLAUGHTERED in the comments Michelle. That's why! Lmao!!

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 23172; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed! +1 for the truth!

47. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh I'm not getting slaughtered you. Your little boy toy got butthurt because I spoke the truth.

53. meanestgenius

Posts: 23172; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're always getting slaughtered by me. Now see comment #14.

57. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2127; Member since: May 29, 2014

See MG's comment number 14. And apply some asper creme to that butthurt of yours.

61. meanestgenius

Posts: 23172; Member since: May 28, 2014

Got 'em!!!!

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Waaah Waaah get over it. It's an open forum remember? Don't want me to comment don't sit here and say the bulls- you just said

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 23172; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thanks for proving me right, and right on cue. You're such a pathetic baby. And I don't give a sh!t about your responses to me, but don't try and make it look like I'm doing something other than what everyone else is doing. Oh, and see comment #14 and then kindly sod off.

27. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2127; Member since: May 29, 2014

LMAO!! GOT 'EM!!

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