Interested in the BlackBerry Priv? Register your interest in the slider at Carphone Warehouse

Interested in the BlackBerry Priv? Register your interest in the slider at Carphone Warehouse
The last time there was so much interest in a new BlackBerry handset, the company was ready to launch its first touchscreen phone. The BlackBerry Storm was going to show those interlopers from Cupertino a thing or two about the smartphone business. You could just imagine RIM's co-CEOs, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, calling Steve Jobs and complaining that BlackBerry doesn't make desktop PCs or MP3 players, so why should Apple invade on BlackBerry's turf.

The Storm turned out to be a disaster as it was launched half-baked. While the sequel was actually a serviceable handset that offered improvements in performance, overall the Storm series never lived up to BlackBerry's high hopes. The company seemed out of touch with the features that consumers wanted on a modern smartphone, and the decline in market share started to accelerate.

But don't compare the BlackBerry Priv to the Storm. While the Storm was like the first-born child who ended up dropping out of college and becoming a professional slacker, the Priv is like the younger sibling who is driven not to repeat the same mess his brother made. From the fact that it runs Android, to the large QHD resolution screen, and the physical QWERTY keyboard that slides into view, everything about this new handset has phone buyers drooling. Want OIS on the rear camera? You got it. Need a sizable battery? It's included.

In Britain, Carphone Warehouse has added the BlackBerry Priv to its "Coming Soon" page, and you can click on the "Register Interest" badge in order to get emailed updates about the slider. You will also be notified when a launch date has been announced. To pre-register, you need to have a valid U.K. mobile phone number and a valid U.K. postcode.

Previous rumors have the Priv launching next month, which seems to be a timetable that is quite doable for BlackBerry.


source: CarphoneWarehouse

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27 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

*grabs popcorn * And here we go.

11. jojon

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

..you eat a lot of popcorn don't you!!

14. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

They are troll baiters normally. I can't possibly think why you'd need popcorn for this article. It's great that BB are making Android secure and have gone with it as its OS. I'm really wishing them the best, esp for bringing back their excellent keyboard.

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not baiting anyone. As you can tell below I'm not far off.

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm really excited to see how BlackBerry does with the Android Platform! They're top dog in mobile security and I think they have a lot to offer this platform!

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22287; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. I'm excited as well. So far, they have all the makings of a top-tier Android handset.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It also has a really top notched design. Might be a bit fat to accommodate the slid out keyboard but people obsessed with the thickness of a device aren't really the type to know anything about mobile security to begin with.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22287; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's true. Although, it's been reported on in the last BlackBerry article that the Priv is thinner than the note 5.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Oh, very nice. I'm having to postpone the purchase of a new phone until Feb 2nd. That's when my Verizon contract ends, then I'm free to buy any phone off contract for any network. Right now leaning towards the Nexus 6P, but I'll be keeping my eyes open for BlackBerry reviews to see if this phone is something that I would like to consider.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22287; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm going to pick up the Priv to give it shot. If I like it and it brings over enough of BB10 to satisfy me, I'll keep it and use it alongside my Passport.

18. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

Isn't one phone enough?!

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22287; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not at all. At least, not for me. Two BlackBerry smartphones, one running BB10 and the other running Android, and securely at that...too good to pass up on.

17. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

Right but at least it comes with a huge battery!! (3840mAh)

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I agree, the batter is a huge bonus!

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Battery

35. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Thank you for catching my typo.

8. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I don't see why people didn't like the storm, I actually really liked it, it was my first true world phone (cdma+gsm) to ever own.

25. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3153; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

SurePress was an abortion that lived. I'm a huge BB fan as you well know but that was an unmitigated disaster.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22287; Member since: May 28, 2014

Crispin has a point. The Storm sucked big time.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It was a terrible phone. I think that's the consensus.

33. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I guess, to me it was mainly the huge step from a feature phone, especially because it was all touch screen, plus like I said first true world phone, oh well

9. ChenHui88

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

If this phone succeed, next step they shall create a touch screen only Android phone, with a killer built-in keyboard and top of the line security, regular screen size but external design inspired by the Passport, mid-to-high end specs, and also a BB10 version for the old fans.

10. jokensy unregistered

Should have kept the Venice name. The 'Priv' name is a deal breaker for me.

16. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Although not a deal breaker, it is a terrible name. Venice was fine and Privacy would have worked too.

19. gazmatic

Posts: 818; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Blackberry has a unique dilemma. For simplicity. You have IOS. For customization. You have android and jailbroken IOS. For productivity you have wp and android. For security you have wp and blackberry. This blackberry priv wants to attract customers seeking customization, productivity and security all in one package. Unfortunately for them. Everybody else is beefing up their security. Unforetunately for android, security and customization sometimes defeat each other. Blackberry has to balance those concerns because because of androids popularity it is the number one target. Another problem they have is uniqueness. BBM is on every other os and it's a ghost town. Before whatsapp, everybody I knew was on BBM, now I have just 15 contacts. FIFTEEN. Maybe they will attract some people who are nostalgic about the physical keypad. God knows I miss 2007 but will it be enough? We will have to wait and see but personally, it has nothing to attract me and none of my 15 bbm contacts seem to care about it either. I wish them luck because we need more choice and options. This is still a two horse race and I can only bet on one underdog. Sadly for BB, I chose wp since 2012.

29. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Blackberry is insanely productive bro.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 22287; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agree with Bermoulli. BlackBerry is synonymous with productivity. And the security measures that BlackBerry is putting in the Priv make it more secure than most, if not all, of the other handsets. BlackBerry is always aiming to attract customers that want security and productivity FIRST. With the Priv, this is no different. They just want to rope in those that want the plethora of apps offered by Android, also. The slide out PKB with features like the BlackBerry Passport will make it unique among Android handsets currently, along with the security and privacy features it will offer. When you say "two horse race", I assume you're referring to OS. If that's the case, BlackBerry is no longer the underdog, they're now apart of the "two horse race".

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