Unlocked BlackBerry Priv is fully compatible with T-Mobile, including band 12 LTE and Wi-Fi calling

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T-Mobile hasn’t announced any official plans to sell the BlackBerry Priv, but if you’re thinking about picking one up, you’ll be glad to hear that it’ll play nicely with T-Mo’s network.

Mike Sievert has confirmed (twice) that the unlocked BlackBerry Priv will be fully compatible with T-Mobile, including band 12 LTE — aka Extended Range LTE — and Wi-Fi calling support. As a refresher, the BlackBerry Priv supports HSPA+ on bands 1, 2, 4, 5/6, and 8, as well as LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17, 20, 29, and 30.

As far as an official release goes, rumors have suggested that T-Mobile will sell the Priv, but there have been no announcements from T-Mo so far. Mike Sievert recently said that an @TMobileHelp Tweet saying that T-Mobile won’t carry the Priv is wrong, explaining that T-Mobile doesn’t carry the Priv right now. “Will update as soon as we have something to report,” he added.

If you’d rather not wait to find out whether or not T-Mobile will sell the BlackBerry Priv, you can pre-order an unlocked unit directly from BlackBerry for $699.

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  • Sushimane

    So we can buy it from tmobile or buy it unlock and it’s still work with extended range and wifi calling

    • IqaluitZen

      tmobile will have it, but in the meantime, if you buy it unlocked before tmobile has it = no problem.

  • Verizonthunder

    Without T-Mobile EIP this device will be very hard to swallow.

    • nearvanaman

      Agree. Real shame. I’m still thinking of ditching JOD though to pick it up.

      • IqaluitZen

        Buy it unlocked and not have to wait for tmo.

    • Dale Cosby

      That’s is a lot to shell out without the EIP, when I got my blackberry passport last year, I waited about 3 months on got one $200 off on ebay. However, Blackberry does offer paypal financing which is 6 months. Not as easy as the 2 years you get with T-Mo, but better than paying in full plus buying from BB direct usually gets some extra accessories in the box vs T-mobile.

      • Dominick Wheeler

        Not to mention quicker OS updates. Do they really offer paypal financing? That’s neat. I might have to look into that. The real loss here is the lack of TMo’s insurance if bought from BB

    • Acdc1a

      Many credit cards offer purchase protection. If you can find one with 0 interest for 12 or 18 months it could take the bite out of it for you. I stand by my earlier comment that no Android phone is worth $700 and for that matter I can generalize and say NO phone is worth $700.

  • I’ve screamed for years that i want a flagship QWERTY android. I will likely become a Priv owner, unless reviews come out showing it to be awful.

    I might try to wait for a price drop or maybe black friday sale for it.

  • tmorules

    YEESSSSS, my new phone, can’t effin wait.

  • Mike

    I never owned a BB but this looks tempting. I’ve been using Samsungs for over 6 years now i think it’s time to switch up. I’m waiting to see what windows 10 phones offer.

    • IqaluitZen

      DO IT!!

      • Dominick Wheeler

        JUST DO IT!!!
        Don’t let your Privs be Privs!

    • eanfoso

      As a previous note owner I just got my priv today, it’s amazing and size has nothing missing from the galaxy line, plus it’s cheaper than an edge and you still get the nifty edge screen, keyboard and better camera.

  • nycplayboy78

    HOLY FISHSTICKS BATMAN!!! Right out of the box the BB Priv is Band 12 and VoLTE compliant and yet the Motorola X Pure and Nexus 5X/6P are not….DaFuQ is going on here??!!

    • Actually, you’re wrong about the Nexus 5x and 6p. Both have VoLTE, per Spectrum Gateway.

      • Medion

        They do, just not on band 12, yet.

    • steveb944

      BB has their stuff together from the get go.

  • And we’re still waiting on T-Mobile to certify the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.

    • yankeesusa

      It’s not tmobile who certifies it. Its the manufacturer that certify their phones based on settings that the provider gives them. Nexus 6 did it, and nexus 6p and 5x are working on it.

    • eanfoso

      It’ll be unlocked at the Microsoft store so who cares if it’s coming to t mobile. Yes it also has band 12.

      • I don’t care if it T-Mobile sells them themselves or not. All I want is for the phone to have VOLTE and be in compliance with T-Mobile’s Band 12 LTE policies.

        • eanfoso

          VoLTE remains to be seen, but on the meantime you’ll tap into LTE and sms over band 12

    • Is there even a release date? MSFT is a joke!

      • 11/20 for AT&T. Big Orange always release new phones on Fridays. Because it’s payday for most American workers. As far as Microsoft themselves? That’s another question.

  • Eric Butler

    AT&T has an exclusivity deal with the Priv at the moment. Tmo will have to wait til that expires before they can sell it themselves.

    • Dominick Wheeler

      Source? They stated it was “exclusive” on their site before changing that to “first in the US”. No word on whether or not an exclusivity deal was actually signed or if they’re just stating that as a marketing stunt.

  • guest

    first article of the day wow. tmobile reddit has more news everyday then this website

  • AS118

    Nice! Even if T-mobile doesn’t carry it, we’re set.

    • Dominick Wheeler

      Exactly! I give Tmo by the end of November to announce it, otherwise I’ll just buy it from BB using my November bonus.

      • yankeesusa

        If it sells well i’m sure their will be resellers on swappa selling it and you never know, pricing my go down by end of year.

  • danny4G

    Those accessories look straight out of 2007. I remember ordering those sleeves for the Curve 8xxx series.

    With this device BlackBerry formerly known as RIM is just another of of the dozens of Android OEM’s.

    Nice to see this but I don’t think I’ll be choosing BlackBerry for my next Android device at this point.

    At least this is Band 12 out of the box. But then again, BlackBerry, like Samsung, has always been pioneer supporters of new spectrum bands.

    • GinaDee

      LOL agreed.

      BB just has a cult following. Mostly nostalgic, unattractive and old IT virgins. They could put Windows Vista on a BB and the RIMheads would drool.

      The 4 or 5 people on the planet who still use a BB are probably on cloud 9 right now over this news.

      • An old used-up hag like you couldn’t even snag one of those “unattractive and old IT virgins”.

        • GinaDee

          Is that all you got Peter?

          With a name synonymous with Pecker it’s wonder you’re still a virgin.

          Aim for 2’s and 3’s or other girls with more manly features. I hear they’re freaks.

        • Project much?

        • I’m surprised you have time between doctor’s visits for all your meds, trips to the store for adult diapers, and your stints in the cathouse to post on the internet.

        • GinaDee

          I give you credit for trying which is better than anyone else on this board will give you.

          Good job Pecker. Comedy isn’t your strong point.

      • Dominick Wheeler

        I’m married with a child and plan on buying this phone. And no, I am not getting it for the brand (been using Samsung for the past 5 years). I want a solid android phone with an sd slot and a physical keyboard. Please don’t generalize an entire market based on your own opinions of a device.

        • GinaDee

          This is the internet Dom. You need to have a sense of humor.

          I interviewed 4 of the 5 people on earth who have a BB and they all fit my category including Pecker. Apparently you (the 5th) don’t. You should be congratulated.

        • Aaron C

          Agreed. I ALMOST pulled the trigger on this. Only owned one BB device long ago, had it for about three months then ditched it. I love the different design of the PRIV, would have enjoyed going back to a physical keyboard, size was right.

          Traded in my Nexus 6 and picked up a V10 instead. Enrolled in JoD, so who knows. If T-Mo eventually carries this, I might give it a try. Love the V10 so far, but I really wish that wireless back would come out soon.

      • Mods, @troll

  • inmotion

    Nice phone but steep price. I hope it gets Android 6.0 and wish for success to BlackBerry on this one.

    • Dominick Wheeler

      It will in the “coming months as the Priv rolls out”. Already confirmed by BB UK’s head of marketing in an interview. Adoptive microSD storage and doze mode, here we come! :D

  • eanfoso

    Another blackberry news, another set of I-won’t-pay-that-much-money-for-blackberry-but-samsung-is-worth-more comments.

    • Acdc1a

      $700 is too much for any android phone. Forget Samsung vs. Blackberry.

      • AS118

        That’s my thing as well. Now that I’ve seen stuff like the Alcatel Idol 3, Moto G, and the Asus Zenfone, I’m done paying premium prices for high specs I don’t even need on a phone.

        As it is, it’ll probably take another year or two before the LG G2 I have right now even gets challenged by the apps or games I need to run. The fact that the G3 and G4 are big-screen phones with the a single speaker on the back (instead of stereo on the bottom or the front) made me decide not to upgrade.

        The only thing that tempts me right now is the Xperia Z5 series, which is waterproofed and has front stereo speakers. It has practical features, like water and dust resistance that I would pay a premium for. Especially in the compact model.

      • eanfoso

        What do you mean by forge Samsung vs blackberry?

    • dtam

      I say, wait until the price drops to $500…probably by early next year

      • AS118

        If it goes down to anywhere in the $500 zone, I’ll probably end up buying it. I strangely mostly use my phone for typing texts and e-mails. This looks built for people like me.

        • eanfoso

          Point made, hahaha comments like these make my day.

      • eanfoso

        Point made lol thanks for the feedback.

      • HibikiRush

        That’s what I’m waiting for. I have been using my Samsung Relay 4G up until now, hoping it keeps up until the price drops.

      • BlackBerry doesn’t play that game. The Passport is still $500 9 months later and the new model is $649.

        • dtam

          then bye bye blackberry as a hardware manufacturer

  • Stud Henry

    I pre order the phone
    Everybody I know says they will never buy it
    They are also the ones that have ask to borrow it… so they must want one
    I bet if we had it on JOD they would get it

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  • yankeesusa

    That is great news. Don’t know how blackberry could get all this certified but motorola can’t on their pure edition.

    • Dada

      Blackberry took the time to get their shit together, I doubt motorola really gives a shit about band 12 support, people already bought the device.

    • Because they worked with T-Mobile USA and are a North American company as opposed to a Chineses one that is Government owned?

  • daveC

    Still crossing my fingers Tmobile will get the Lumia 950…

    • patt

      Didn’t know people still buy WP phones lol

      • DaveC

        Now you do!

      • NardVa

        I played with a few Window phones and they run smooth, but once you go Android it’s hard to go Windows.

        • patt

          yup I will never ever buy a windows phone and I bet there is so much more people :D

        • For me, it’s the exact opposite. I came to Windows from Android. My main problem with the two Android phones I had was overheating, especially during the summer.

          I bought a Lumia 822 originally after I read about AT&T buying out Alltel in my area. Big mistake because Verizon dinged me with a crippling $400 credit check.

          So, I had to end up getting the Lumia 521 from T-Mobile. I liked everything about the phone, except for the lack of a front-facing camera. That’s why I got the Lumia 925 earlier this year. The only downside to the Lumia 925 is that its battery life is the same as every IPhone and Android phone: Bad.

          Windows is the only smartphone for me. There’s nothing the IPhone or Android phones have that attracts me.

      • A lot of Southerners and older people buy Windows Phones!

    • Medion

      You can stop crossing your fingers. It’s a carrier exclusive to AT&T. You’ll have to buy the unlocked model.

      • Stephen

        That is incorrect. It was original published that it was an AT&T exclusive but was later updated to say they are the first US carrier to have it.

        • Dcwiker05

          I think he’s talking about the Lumia which I think is exclusive. The Priv is not.

        • Andrew Singleton

          Legere himself announced it is ATT exclusive.

    • They’ll need to certify the device so T-Mobile will allow it as a BYOD.

  • vic l. joseph

    I’m just waiting for t-mo to come out and say they are getting the device but it will be the white one just in time for Christmas.

    • taron19119

      Verizon just announced they will carry it soon so it’s possible that at&t has a short executive on the bb priv

    • Dcwiker05

      They will carry it, my friend works for them and has the phone in hand. No official launch date but he thinks mid December.

      • Mario Muriel

        Did you check if he didn’t just buy it unlocked? Because I work for them and for now there are no news about it.

        • Dcwiker05

          It’s a test device straight from T-Mobile as he’s the BlackBerry champion. He would never buy a phone full retail with how many he wins and such, it’s the real deal, trust me.

        • Mario Muriel

          well you mean blackberry ambassador first off and secondly we just got one as well but they got the classic, so still not sure until we get more information.

        • Dcwiker05

          Ambassador, champion what have you. What I know is he has the phone, I’ve seen it, t-mobile is getting it just not exactly sure when. Best guess is mud December which seems right gives att a month exclusive but doesn’t loose too much hype in the mean time.

      • vic l. joseph

        Where is your friend located? I am in Dallas, TX. Ask your friend if I can borrow it for a week or so?

  • mosquitoguy

    what’s sad is that they could have done this 5 years ago and be successful… except they were still under the delusion that their OS was better. I can make ramen while the BlackBerry OS boots.

    • Phycisist

      This shows that you know nothing about OS or programming. Blackberry 10 is built under the QNX platform which controls the International Space Station. For sure NASA, the European Space Agency and Roscosmos do not use Android for this. Just because consumers want “millions” of applications that none needs let alone fit inside our phones with limited memory, it doesn’t mean that their OS is bad. Have you tried hooking up an Android to any secure network?
      Android is a disaster but unfortunately our public (in the USA) doesn’t understand the benefits of privacy. I do and I have a PhD in Physics with application in the electronic world. Trust me an Android can’t pass the parking lot security gate, my Blackberry Passport, granted with some updates not available to the public, goes on no problem. However I think that the stock blackberry is still excellent for the average consumer. Before posting be informed so you won’t make a fool of yourself when the big boys that know what they are talking about enter the room!

      • Phycisist

        Parking lot security gate at my place of employment. I forgot that!

      • mosquitoguy

        Wow, really? the space station must have a lot of ramen.

      • 21stNow

        Most users will not enter your parking lot, so that is a non-issue. Android devices have been in use for seven years now. While some users don’t like them, it hasn’t been a disaster for many other people in the general public.

        There have been worse things that have happened due to data breaches in retail stores and banks than what has happened to people with cellular phones in the US. Different people have different needs and wants and choose their phones based on those desires. You may think that a stock BlackBerry device is excellent for the average consumer, but that average consumer disagrees with you, as is evidenced by where he/she chooses to spend money.

        • Phycisist

          Android is a disaster in programming terms. Customers are not the best to determine the quality of something. The Maserati is one of the best cars in the world and sells 4000 units more or less. Consumers, specially in the USA are highly uneducated and buy into the marketing bull shit. I still remember in Vienna when an American asked my Austrian friend why it was 32C and it was so hot!! I felt ashamed that this high paid CEO didn’t know the difference between F and C.
          Anyways the issue here is programming, stability of OS, kernel properties and so on. Android is never and will never unless they get the Blackberry OS patents be even close to the quality of Blackberry software! You said consumers disagrees fine ask anyone who owns an Android, maybe you included, what is QNX user interface integration? and how the QNX software is the most stable real time software? People really don’t know anything but what the marketeers tell them is best. Let me ask you this, did you read the owners manual of your vehicle?

  • HibikiRush

    I can’t decide if I want this phone on T-Mobile or Verizon. I’m in the Chicago area and have a ton of dead zones with reception, but have been with T-Mobile for years and enjoy their WiFi calling and international data. Just have no idea how much better Verizon’s reception really is. Hmmm.

    • Allen Alberto Enriquez

      My God Mother, God Father, Sister, have T-Mobile in Chicago They recently said it’s going very good so I would say do like a couple of calling and data applications while in TMUS stores and see how it fairs in you area. Please keep us posted!

    • Remember that T-Mo & VZW share towers and spectrum now :-)

      • HibikiRush

        Was not aware, thank you for the information

      • Andrew Singleton

        This is a bit abbreviated for Habiki’s purposes. They are not cohabiting eachothers spectrum except in extremely small areas or in the case of 700mhz which is also not double-occupied

  • I think this will be the last Blackberry in the States. The OS and the price will lead to an untimely death of BB.

    • Every single comment about every Android phone reads the same in regards to pricing. You realize that these are NOT cheap to make with the QC that goes into then, right? Get a low end RIM device then. #SMH

      • Blackberry should have maintained their own Operating System instead of slapping Android on it. The Priv guarantees failure of Blackberry US simply because of that.

        • Jay Holm

          Obviously people like Android!

        • Not those who invested their all with BlackBerry over the years. They prefer BB to release Blackberry 11 as the operating system for the Priv.

        • Jay Holm

          Go to sleep, you will find BB 11 in your dreams, just go to sleep!

        • You pro-duopoly sheep are so funny. No wonder your devices are so easy to hack, a caveman can do it!

        • Cole Cawtuh

          Yeah you’re leaving out windows phone. The new Lumias are either going to flop so hard or make them.

        • As I mentioned in a newer post on here, the phone division will solely determine whether Windows 10 is a success or failure. If the Lumias flop, it doesn’t matter what Microsoft does or how many people have Windows 10 on their PCs or Xbox Ones – Windows 10 WILL BE A FAILURE. Period. Full stop.

        • I used to only use blackberry and am now excited to get back into it because it’s running Android.

      • Jay Holm

        Your trying to justify $699 for a smartphone? Wow, just wow!!!

    • Jay Holm

      The OS? Umm…the Priv runs Android!

      • No duh. That’s why it’ll fail. Blackberry diehards will not get this phone, and it’s going to win only a handful of people over.

        • Jay Holm

          Blackberry died quite a few years ago, people have moved on.

        • logical

          I’m sure blackberry will miss all 12 of the diehards

    • Cole Cawtuh

      $700 is a lot of money. It’s not an IPhone or Note 5. Yeah it will be impressive running 3 gigs of RAM with the 808 SOC with its close to vanilla lollipop, I bet it will be updated to Marshmallow pretty damn fast (the unlocked one anyways) BlackBerry needs to be on top of software certain updates along with monthly security updates if they want to stay alive.

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  • T Redd

    Hmm another phone tmobile wont carry?

    • Dcwiker05

      They will carry my friend works for them and has the phone in hand. No official launch date but he’s thinking mid December

    • Andrew Singleton

      another? explain

  • Dcwiker05

    T-Mobile will carry the Priv 100% my friend works for them and he has a test device in hand. No date just yet but he thinks mid December

  • Here’s a country/carrier compatibility table for the Priv http://www.frequencycheck.com/models/AraXG/blackberry-priv-stv100-3

  • Cole Cawtuh

    That’s awesome on BlackBerry’s part! Their first step in the Android playing field and they got the T-Mobile certification which pretty much no other phone than the Nexus 6 has but that was 6 months or so after it’s release. Seriously E every other unlocked phone has physical band 12 specced on their list but it has to disabled because they didn’t get it certified from T-Mobile. Still waiting on the Nexus 5X & 6P to get it.

  • Cole Cawtuh

    On a scale of 1-10 how important is band 12? What’s so special about it? I understand it can penetrate a lot better and travel earth. Is it any faster? Lastly does it have anything to do with carrier aggravation? I have no clue what carrier aggravation is. I think it makes data speeds faster. Is it by using two or more bands at the same time, what is 10+10, 5+5 or 15+15 or is it 15×15? Could one of my fellow T-Mobile brethren please explain the best you can?

    • logical

      no it’s not faster, but offers superior in-building coverage.

      • Brad

        For distance, in building penetration, and wide areas of the US coverage wise are Band 12 only. Meaning you need it. It’s very important not for speed as it’s quite narrow, but it blankets large amounts of area with magenta signal goodness. Especially in the midwest where there is ONLY LTE from T-Mobile, and it is Band 12 only.

  • MidloJagz

    But WHEN will it be on Jump! I don’t want to buy a phone that doesnt have carrier support or payment plan.. that’s a real issue for me and many customers. If BB and MS dont get that, then the both deserve to fail.

  • mikeZo6

    12 band is nothing special been testing for 3 months it sucks, does not help ” 4x signal ” as tmo says

  • NEO2U

    Band 12 is “special”. There are numerous places I did not have ANY signal. I switched to a phone with band 12 and now I have plenty of signal . A number of these places did NOT have wifi . So do not believe the “it sucks” poster.

  • Michael Hughes

    I use a Priv and get near 0 signal with t-mobile indoors unless I’m within range of an extender or a very short building. Even at the Grocery store I get 1 or no bars.

    • Brad

      I have the same problem. I purchased direct from BlackBerry through Amazon for an unlocked device. They’re fighting me really bad about replacing it and blaming T-Mobile when they aren’t the issue.

  • Brad

    Been using a Priv for several weeks. What a disappointment. I love everything about the phone except for the fact that I get almost NO reception in places that had great LTE coverage. As it stands, it is NOT the T-Mobile network at fault here. We have a Samsung S5, S6, and an iPhone 6 all in the same home on T-Mobile and they all get all 5 bars of LTE without dropped calls or issue. Now, on the other hand my Priv barely gets 1 bar of LTE and constantly cycles between LTE/4G anywhere I go and it heats up really bad. Like can’t hold it and it will throw up a heat warning that it is slowing down until the device cools. My battery life is also poor. The heat and battery drain isn’t as bad when I’m on WiFI because WiFi calling is active. I really wish they would fix this and it’s like pulling teeth trying to get them to replace it under warranty.