T-Mobile set to launch the BlackBerry Priv on January 26th

One of our loyal PhoneArena readers has just sent us what appears to be a January 2016 calendar of activities for T-Mobile. We call your attention to the entry for January 26th, which shows that to be the date of the BlackBerry Venice launch for the carrier. Venice was the code name originally used for the BlackBerry Priv, which is the Android powered slider manufactured by the company.

Currently, those in the U.S. wishing to pick up the device have to purchase it unlocked from the BlackBerry, Walmart or B&H Photo websites, or locked down from AT&T. A Verizon version of the phone has just visited the FCC, and Big Red has already sent out a tweet saying that the Priv will be coming soon.

T-Mobile hasn't been so open about whether it plans on offering the slider. Back in November, the carrier was said to be in talks with BlackBerry over the device. Since then, we've heard nothing. That is, until this tip just crossed our inbox.

Other events mentioned on the calendar include the launch of a phone called the ZTE Avid Plus on January 20th, the same day that some price changes are apparently due to take place at T-Mobile.


Thanks for the tip!

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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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15 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

LoyaLoreader or diehard BlackBerry fan? Anyhow I this will give T-Mobile customers more choices.

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They're not mutually exclusive. BTW, get a Windows Phone and eliminate all those typos.

4. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Got the 950 or still rocking the 1520?

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Actually, I'm sporting a dual-SIM 640XL with LTE. Got tired of carrying 2 phones (work and personal). The camera is awesome and Windows 10 runs beautimously. TBH, the 950 looks even cheaper than my 640XL. I know it's a monster but I can't get past the looks. That rumored 850 looks killer and if they come out with a dual-SIM factory unlocked version......hmmm.

3. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Definitely, I switched back to t mobile and hate that it's either apple or Samsung, I get that they want to attract the main stream but still there are those of us who don't like what everyone else likes.

6. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Waiting for evil genius's celebratory post.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

If you're referring to me, I had no idea that you joined my list of groupie girls...welcome! There's always room for more.

9. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

LOL. Hey... Wait.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Gotcha!

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Great news, BlackBerry. It's nice to see that the Priv is going to be sold by one more carrier in the U.S. BlackBerry has the trifecta going now, all they need is Sprint to complete the foursome.

11. JohnGrant

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Hopefully this will translate into many more sales in the coming weeks and months. The Blackberry Priv is the best phone of 2015. Happy New Years everyone!

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

And a Happy New Year to you and yours as well!

13. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

happy new year though have to disagree with BB priv being e best phone of 2015, the nexus 6p is far a better phone at a better price, and no software bugs, that a lot of reviewers have shown. Another better phone is the moto x 2015 or the Z5 premium. those are my list but yeah you are definitely entitle to your opinion so everything is ok enjoy your phone and be happy :)

14. Intrepid_wiz

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

Good going BlackBerry

15. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Price?

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