Verizon version of the BlackBerry Priv gets FCC certification

Verizon version of the BlackBerry Priv gets FCC certification
On January 20th, the BlackBerry Priv becomes a free agent, and will no longer be an AT&T exclusive. We know that a Verizon version is coming because on November 6th, the carrier tweeted that the Priv is coming soon. In addition, a photo displayed on social-media showed the Priv running over Big Red's network.

The BlackBerry Priv has taken a step closer to its launch on Verizon. Big Red's version of the Android slider has paid a visit to the FCC. This is important to BlackBerry as the company reported a lower than expected sales figure of 700,000 handsets for its fiscal Q3. Having the Priv available on the nation's largest carrier can only be a positive for BlackBerry.

While the Priv might seem pricey at $699.99, BlackBerry CEO John Chen hinted during the company's Q3 earnings conference call, that the Priv will be getting a price cut. Chen made it sound as though this will take place in late February, around the time that MWC kicks off.

Since we can't imagine the phone launching on Verizon and getting a price cut just a few weeks later, we wouldn't be surprised to see the Priv launch on Verizon in February at a reduced price.


source: FCC 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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12 Comments

2. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 970; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I'm sure the 6 people that buy it will love it.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22490; Member since: May 28, 2014

The Priv has already accounted for roughly 15% of the 700,000 handsets sold last quarter, which equates to far more than 6 people. And that's not including pre-ordered devices, shipped devices, etc. Only activated devices, and only for a 3 week period. But don't let the facts get in the way of a good story. Carry on.

7. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Please the source of this info (15% of handsets) I also have a question. Why did BlackBerry get that Fairfax's loan when they have enough cash in bank?. They are now paying interest over it each fiscal quarter. After deducting the sum of this loan, BlackBerry is still having almost $1.5 billion.

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2487; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Actually, I chose the Priv over the iPhone 6S Plus (which I traded back in). And you're right, I do love it. In fact, I loved it so much I decided to write my first ever review on this website for it: http://www.phonearena.com/phones/BlackBerry-Priv_id9744/reviews You can also check out my review at att.com under the Blackberry Priv. It's a great device made even better by constant software updates. I don't regret trading in the 6S Plus.

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol I'm sorry but that was too funny.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22490; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is welcomed news. With the Priv being introduced to more carrier partners and more regions, we will definitely get a good look at how well an Android powered BlackBerry can sell, I definitely think sales will ramp up.

9. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I'm sure Verizon will find a way to ruin this device. I hope everyone enjoys whatever software is loaded on the device at release. It won't get any updates. I'm sure the Galaxy Nexus 4.3 update is going to be released any day now. I can feel it.

11. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

VZW never does any updates for their phones, thats why i LOVE GSM getting any phone u want vs being stuck with junk and yes vzw will add even more BS software just to take up space and with this phone u wont be able to root it!..buy straight from BB and get on a GSM carrier

14. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

Where is the sprint version

18. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

Sprint prob wont get this due to the fact that they are lacking in customers and their network is well know as to be CRAP...they need to keep their heads working on the network...once that is done THEN they can come back in the game to compete....thats what t-mobile did and still doing

27. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

Meanwhile, Aunt Martha, having taken a tramp through the woods, lies in a ditch on the edge of town... -- Hawkeye The way you guys rant back and forth would be much more interesting if it were interesting. I'm a BlackBerry fan and can't wait for the Priv to be released on Verizon. I'd go AT&T but it's coverage is a distant 2nd in my area. So, I wait... Meanwhile...

39. albie1937

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

I'm glad for Blackberry. I will check it out when VZW gets it next month. Be together. Not the same. Android.

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