> BlackBerry PRIV pre-orders go live at $699 USD
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Priv by BlackBerry is showing pre-order availability on ShopBlackBerry with shipping staring on November 6th. The pricing shows as 699 US and 559 in the UK. Canadians can expect to pay 899. As with previous ShopBlackBerry releases it seems the store is only stocking GSM variants of the device. We’ll have to keep on the lookout as to whether CDMA carriers like Verizon and Sprint pick up the BlackBerry PRIV in carrier variants.

We’ve yet to hear official carrier availability but it hsa been widely rumored that device will be supported by the major carriers here stateside including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. We’ve seen test units of the device and can most certainly confirm T-Mobile as a supporter of the new Priv Android handset.

BlackBerry PRIV

BlackBerry secure smartphone, powered by Android.

The smartphone will be shipped starting November 6, 2015.

PRIV™ combines everything you expect from BlackBerry plus the full eco-system of Android and its apps. PRIV comes with added security to let you know when your data could be at risk, so you can take action to improve it. PRIV features:

  • Elegant slim design with slide out physical keyboard
  • 5.4-inch dual-curved screen
  • 3410 mAh battery. Battery Life: up to 22.5 hours*
  • 18 MP dual-flash Schneider-Kreuznach® certified camera
  • DTEK™ by BlackBerry®
  • Memory: 32GB Flash
  • Hot-swappable MicroSD slot (up to 2TB)

Bands:

  • FD-LTE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17, 20, 29, 30
  • HSPA+ 1, 2, 4, 5/6, 8
  • Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE

PREORDER BLACKBERRY PRIV

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  • Jimmy McConico

    Fingers crossed….and “Mantra-ing” Please let this one be the one to bring BlackBerry back to its glory days. Advertise, advertise, advertise!

  • Graecus

    I wish the company every success. I hope they keep making phones but don’t betray their bb10 loyal fans.

    • ELLAS

      Based on JC’s many comments pertaining to this “Priv” this particular device is meant to attract Android customer. It’s not meant for current BB10 owners. That would be a downgrade.

      My question is where is the BB10 version of this phone?

  • Yusri

    I own a passport and I don’t know if this Priv is even better than my passport.

    • ELLAS

      It’s not. The Passport battery also lasts a lot longer. BlackBerry will find it very difficult to make Android battery friendly. Because it’s not.

      I’ll stick to my Z30 and crossing my fingers for a BB10 Priv and/or a Z50 BB10. Not down-grading to Android.

  • Tris1977

    Ordered mine too. At the very least it will be a good Android device. Will be interesting to see how well integrated the hub is. No silly adware in notifications like on samsung hopefully.

  • I’ve ordered mine, it’s on its way hope it’s good as my passport.

  • Ija Ali

    Soooooo what’s the word on a launch party event???? I can’t imagine they would finally make a phone that appeals to literally everyone and not have a launch party to show how it differentiates itself from a sea of existing android devices.

    • Nick Coper

      Why doing that… carriers will make the job and all medias are speaking about this phone for weeks. Now we need a strong review from famous youtubers. The specs are huge