Verizon to launch BlackBerry Priv late March; news on the slider's Android 6.0 update due this quarter

Verizon to launch BlackBerry Priv late March; news on the slider's Android 6.0 update due this quarter
Earlier today, we told you that the BlackBerry Priv would soon be available from all four major U.S. carriers. AT&T's period of exclusivity expires on January 20th and as we told you last month, T-Mobile will launch the device for its subscribers on January 26th. At the time we posted the story this afternoon, neither Sprint nor Verizon had revealed when they would release the Android powered slider. But that has changed.

A tweet from Verizon's VP of communications Jeffrey Nelson, says that Big Red hopes to have the BlackBerry Priv available to its subscribers by the end of March ("if not sooner," adds Nelson). Back in November, Verizon tweeted its intentions to carry BlackBerry's first Android phone which was followed by an FCC visit by the handset. We still have no word from Sprint about when it plans on releasing the device.

There is some more news surrounding the Priv tonight. AT CES, BlackBerry's Ron Louks announced that sometime this quarter the manufacturer will announce news about the Android 6.0 update for the Priv. The executive added that information about third party accessories for the phone will be coming within weeks.

Also expected as soon as next month is a possible price cut for the phone. Currently sold unlocked by BlackBerry on its online store for $699.99, CEO John Chen has said that the Priv will have its price cut possibly around the time of the MWC in Barcelona. That expo kicks off on February 22nd.


source: @JNels via Crackberry (1), (2)

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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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11 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22490; Member since: May 28, 2014

And the good news concerning the Priv keeps on rolling in. Keep it coming. I hope it's released sooner than the end of March, though.

2. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Waiting for the king of all trolls, Mxy to show up and say he's not trolling while he trolls on.

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You all need to learn how to not mention his name. It's sad how I can't open an article anymore without someone mentioning him. Stop trying to cause trouble. It's annoying and makes you look stupid.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22490; Member since: May 28, 2014

And in your effort to get others not to talk about "him", you end it up doing it yourself. AND you insulted someone else in the process. That makes you even MORE annoying and stupid than you're trying to say BobbyD is. You would have been better off not commenting about it at all.

17. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

And yet... Here you are. Causing trouble and looking stupid. But that's par the course for you.

3. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

By the time this s**tty device hits all the major carriers the s7 is going to completely destroy it.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22490; Member since: May 28, 2014

Look, BobbyD! It's not the troll we were expecting, but it's a troll nonetheless! Hopefully you'll have stopped with your s****y trolling long before then. I mean seriously, you act like you were touched by a BlackBerry or something.

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

"Please show us on the troll doll where Blackberry touched you, sir."

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22490; Member since: May 28, 2014

You MUST be talking about Emmanuela up there.

12. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Indeed.

7. alterans

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 03, 2015

This is why I hate carrier exclusives. By time Verizon launches the PRIV, it will already be 5 months old. At what point to you just wait till the next thing comes out. Do you buy a PRIV with an 808 or just go with one of Sammy's upcoming flagships with the 820.

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