Verizon says that the BlackBerry Priv will join its smartphone lineup "soon"

Verizon says that the BlackBerry Priv will join its smartphone lineup
The other day, we showed you a picture of the BlackBerry Priv running over the Verizon network. Despite the leaked image, Big Red is not quite yet ready to sell you the device. The phone launched today, and is available from AT&T in the U.S.  BlackBerry's own online store also offers the Android powered slider in the states. The MSRP for the handset is $699.

While Verizon isn't ready to sell its customers the Priv today, it will be ready "soon." That is the word from the mobile operator's own @VerizonNews Twitter account. Verizon has also put up a place on its website where those interested in the Priv can leave their email address and receive a notification when the phone can be pre-ordered.

Earlier rumors had the Priv joining Verizon's lineup in 2016. The wording of today's tweet makes it sound like this could take place sooner, perhaps in time to be offered during the holiday shopping season.


source: @VerizonNews via AndroidandMe

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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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27 Comments

1. AnthonyBOrtega

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

And I'm wondering how they will ruin the design with their logo this time?

7. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Not much room to do it, but I'd guess the top left corner of the screen.

11. Rafishant

Posts: 391; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

I hate Verizon and its ugly logo and bloatware.

26. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Let me guess, you love t mobile? Lol

17. AnthonyBOrtega

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Trust me, they will find a way to do it regardless of the space.

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its easy.. just slap it on bottom speaker grill. just like droid turbo 2

18. AnthonyBOrtega

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

But at least on the Droid Turbo 2 you can remove the lens and replace it with another one without the logo.

2. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 399; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

I never say hate, but I hate Verizon blocking Lumia 950 and 950xl. hopefully no one buys their check marked phones.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

I hope Verizon doesn't put their logo in a position on the Priv as to make it look unappealing. Tha being said, glad to see the largest US carrier will be carrying the Priv. Now all we need is for T-Mobile and Sprit to join Verizon and AT&T in carrying the Priv.

4. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

You know they will. They always ruin phones looks by adding that horrible tramp stamp.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao @tramp stamp!! +1

8. Subie

Posts: 2269; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

just one more reason to buy unlocked.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Verizon phones are unlocked.

22. Subie

Posts: 2269; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I should of said buy unlocked from BlackBerry.

6. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

The Verizon Logo at the back of the phone might look georgeus (sarcasm).

9. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Hopefully the vzn sign will be on the back side of the screen where the fcc info is

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

If this was unlocked out of the box like the Nexus and the Moto X phones, they wouldn't have to worry too much about this. It would make the steep price tag somewhat ok, but if that's not the case then I don't think it'll work.

20. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3084; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Per Verizon's deal with the FCC, they have to be unlocked. However, due to firmware, they lock MMS & Hotspot to their defaults. Since this device won't be rootable, I don't advise anyone to buy it unless they're on Verizon.

21. thowersome

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Takes time to install Verizon bloatware

23. eman99

Posts: 409; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

still hope for a sprint version

24. NewroticSlob

Posts: 181; Member since: May 09, 2013

You could try this and see if it works to take the logo off... :) http://www.androidheadlines.com/2015/03/heres-can-remove-verizon-logo-back-new-nexus-6.html ... or you could use a case.

27. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 371; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Knowing Verizon, I'd say Q2 2016. Just late enough for the hype to simmer. Had they offered this device for the holidays, I believe Blackberry would be able to sustain. But, I think this will be Crackberry's last device. Hope they go out with a bang.

28. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I thought the priv didnt have cdma bands? I dont know.....

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is most likely a CDMA alternative version.

30. fargoCwells

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 07, 2015

They will probably do it the way they did the Nexus 6. Being late to the game as always. Drop it some time in 2016. I'm pretty sure that their logo will be on the Priv somewhere.

31. TechDork

Posts: 400; Member since: May 10, 2010

It seems that the only phone that doesn't have carrier branding is the iPhone & I think the One+.

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