Photo of Verizon flavored BlackBerry Priv spotted on social media

Photo of Verizon flavored BlackBerry Priv spotted on social media
A photo of the BlackBerry Priv running on the network of the nation's largest carrier, was spotted Friday on Instagram. Thankfully, we know the phone is running on Verizon because of content on the screen, not because of the Verizon logo. Neither the red check mark associated with the mobile operator, nor the company's name, appears on the front of the phone.

Instead, the upper right of the screen shows that the phone is connected to Verizon Wireless. In addition, one of the notifications on the screen reads "Enhanced Verizon Store visits." Keep in mind that this might not mean anything. Last year, amid rumors that the Sony Xperia Z2 would be offered on Verizon, leaked photos showed the device wearing the Verizon name. However, nothing ever came of it.

During the summer, tipster Evan Blass sent out a tweet stating that the Priv (known then as the "Venice") would be offered on all four major U.S. carriers, but there is talk that Verizon won't be offering the phone until some time in 2016. None of the U.S. carriers have said anything about whether they are carrying the Priv.

Meanwhile BlackBerry itself will be shipping its unlocked model starting on November 6th. This version is not compatible with Verizon or Sprint.


source: Instagram via Crackberry

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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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36 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

Hopefully, this is a precursor to Verizon, and the 3 other major US carriers, carrying the Priv.

12. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I never owned a BB phone before but this one looks very interesring

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

I've owned plenty (as if you couldn't tell, lol). They really are great devices. Especially the BB10 ones like the Passport. But the Priv does indeed look very interesting, and will certainly be my next smartphone.

23. discharge unregistered

I hear you I'm a android guy but am sick of hearing Apple this and android that!! I will admit if blackberry hit a home run I'll change to blackberry I had the storm 2 and was a great device!! Ya people said it was crap but mine was fine back than in 2008-2009 at VZW and I'm sick of t mobile too so if this pans heck I'm willing to try blackberry again but my Samsung note 5 is a power horse but t mobile sucks!! Your device is only good as the network it's on but I've unlocked the note 5 and works on Verizon very well Verizon has better LTE in my area and work!! T mobile fades in and out!! But all that said BLACKBERRY deserves a second chance!!!!!

24. discharge unregistered

I could be wrong maybe right?? If I remember blackberry was first b4 Apple or androids?? If wrong my bad I'm only 24 but the storm 2 was my first smartphone in high school

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, BlackBerry smartphones existed before both Android and iOS smartphones.

26. discharge unregistered

I thought so but wasn't sure 100% but blackberry I think is got something under the hat to give us good!!! Funny thing I still have my storm 2 but batter won't charge but never used it since 2010 I got almost 3 years out of it!! Not bad!! Id use it but I'm sure there is no update to use again

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Oh noes! Carrier bloatware!

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Overpriced phone plus overpriced network. Sounds about right.

3. AnthonyBOrtega

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

And they will ruin it with their ugly logo as always.

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2431; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I would be very surprised to see if they could even put a logo on the front of the device. There's just no space for it to go.

8. jibraihimi

Posts: 815; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

They are verizon, and very notorious for ruining the looks of phone by cramming in their tick on any device they carry, and i m sure they would be able to squeeze that tick anyhow......

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2431; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Someone on Reddit called into AT&T and was told that pre-orders would begin by mid-November and the device would be offered by the end of the month. Another user actually went into T-Mobile and asked and was told November 16th would be the date they would offer it. They also seemed to be knowledgeable of the device which is very different from how they have been about Blackberry devices in the past (including the Classic). So, hopefully this means all 4 carriers may carry the device. May be a good thing for the Priv.

6. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

That's one down three to go, honestly at this point I can get it from Veriexpensive then switch after a month elsewhere and bring it with me.

7. JocularJ

Posts: 222; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Not likely. What are the chances that VZW will seek a phone that is compatible with all four carriers?

9. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

All. I can see you're not American but, happy to explain. Verizon holds the most amount of low band 700 mhz spectrum on block b. The government made a deal to Verizon selling the spectrum, in exchange that from that moment forward all devices come unlocked out of the box, well, at least the ones that are LTE.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17409; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's not like Verizon wouldn't go back on its word.

18. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Lol they can't in regards to this haha they'll be violating a government stipulation.

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It helps to know what you are talking about.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

iPhones, the Galaxy S line of phones and the Galaxy Note line of phones are all compatable with all four carriers. And there are other handsets with similar compatibility that Verizon has carried.

13. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

Only the Nexus 5X, 6, 6P and the Moto X Pure Edition are the only phones so far that you can use on vzw and every other carrier. Every other phone from vzw with 4G LTE will not work to its full capacity on the other networks. I'm not sure if they'll even work on Sprint.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm referring to CDMA versions of the handsets I mentioned.

17. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Yes and no, I know at least hspa is possible, LTE is achieved with further tweaking, but seriously, every LTE handset sold by Verizon is unlocked.

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's why Verizon phones are highly sought after in the second hand market.

37. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

All Verizon iPhones since the 5S work to all their capabilities on any GSM network as well.

29. discharge unregistered

That's so true!! Like I said my t mobile note 5 I unlocked works great if not better on VZW!!! I'm going to officially change back to VZW next moth I'm done with t mobile in 2013 wen uncarrier started t mo was great but now they grew for worsening giving this cheap this and unlimited that I think their network cannot handle everyone so now they are laggy as hell Verizon never has!! I think not sure Verizon is the only carrier that has blackberry?? T mo might?? But I've only had Verizon 'n' t mobile..

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

All four major US carriers offer/have offered BlackBerry 10 devices and BBOS.x devices.

33. discharge unregistered

Cool that's great for bb but I'm glad VZW will

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Can't wait to see full hands-on reviews of this device then some camera comparison and perhaps some storage performance test...really curious to see if BB is returning with a versatile, feature-packed top performer, or just pulling another rotten fruit move with gimped hardware/software selling at a premium. I'm hoping for the former...

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're hoping for the former but I think it's going to be the latter.

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