BlackBerry Priv launching today at T-Mobile


Months after rumors suggested that the BlackBerry Priv might launch at T-Mobile, the Android slider has officially hit Magenta’s shelves.

You can now buy the BlackBerry Priv from T-Mobile’s online store, and you should also start seeing it in your friendly neighborhood T-Mo store. Full retail pricing for the Priv is $719.99, but if you’d rather not pay nearly one thousand Benjamins all at once, you’ve got a couple of other buying options.

First up, you can get the Priv through JUMP! On Demand, which will see you pay $0 down and $34 per month for 18 months. At the end of those 18 months, you can return the Priv to T-Mo and get another phone or pay off the remaining balance and keep the Priv. T-Mobile also offers an equipment installment plan that’ll see you make 24 monthly payments of $30 each. After the final payment, the Priv is yours to keep.

As a refresher, the BlackBerry Priv’s spec list includes a 5.4-inch 2560×1440 AMOLED display display, hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, NFC, 32GB of storage, and a microSD slot for adding up to 2TB of additional storage. The Priv is also packing an 18-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Powering the Priv is a 3410mAh battery.

Of course, what really makes the Priv notable is its physical keyboard, which is a feature that’s become nearly extinct in the smartphone world. Several of BlackBerry’s BB10 phones have had keyboards, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen an Android flagship with a physical QWERTY. So if resting your thumbs on a set of physical keys and proceeding to pound out messages sounds like something you’d be into, maybe pay a visit to your local T-Mobile store to see if the Priv is right for you.

If you already have a Priv or end up buying one, be sure to share your thoughts with all of us!

Source: T-Mobile

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  • ArchangelRenzoku

    How much extra for blackberry services?

    • rtger

      Normal data plan now I believe, BIS hasn’t been needed for years now.

      • ArchangelRenzoku

        That’s good to know.

  • Mi

    I don’t think Bb services are offered anymore.

    • Philip

      Google services so much better.

  • Rob

    This phone is going to fall flat on its face with that price tag and those specs.

    • It’s gonna fail because it runs ANDROID and not the Blackberry OS.

      • Anthony820

        Right. The most popular os in the world is the problem. They should have went with the one that almost put them into bankruptcy.

        • Keep deluding yourself in thinking slapping Android OS on the Priv will save Blackberry.

        • steveb944

          So what will? Nothing else has worked.

        • iCrap

          it could have, but upper mid range specs for flagship prices is not the way to go. also this should have launched on all four carriers simultaneously. it was a one step forward five steps back type of deal. but, maybe att paid them big, big bucks for the exclusive rights while blackberry worked out some kinks, and also gave them the budget to work on a follow up. if this was $400, i would have gotten it in a heartbeat, but that $700 price tag for a phone that may or may not receive support (for the long haul) is a big gamble for most people.

        • Ordeith

          Popular != Good, especially in this case.

      • Paul

        The market showed that the BB OS was not good enough. Android will help bring users from iOS and Android over to BB.

        • You’re posting comedy right now. No IPhone user will switch to the Priv. If anything, they’ll switch to LG V10, HTC One A9, the Samsung Galaxy J Series, the Acer Liquid Jade Primo, one of the new Lumias, or one of the new Nexuses.

  • Acdc1a

    So wish it was 1/2 this price.

  • Jose Lugo

    Should have been 599, just saying.

    • Acdc1a

      I think for Blackberry to get any market share back they needed to launch this at $399 and just blow the doors off the place. Anything more than that does nothing for the brand.

    • AS118

      That, with a 1080p screen that would lead to great battery life would’ve been a smart move, imho.

  • Ordeith

    Wrong OS for a blackberry. Throw it in the priv.

  • patt

    will this sell even 1k?

    • Daniel Marchand

      I think if the price comes down, price points insane. I resisted going to a virtual keyboard as long as possible when all touchscreen became the norm.

    • steveb944

      Of course. Now will it be monumental sales? Likely not.

  • No to current BB price

    Looks like a cool phone. I also likes the passport but they are insanely priced. If BB is going to make a comeback they need to be more price friendly. Gone are the days that BB is the phone of choice for business. With an abundance of internet connected phones BB has lost its special appeal. I used BB for years and they were rock solid (except the first touch screen that lacked a keyboard) and would consider going back but not at the current price point. Probably others would as well if price was <400$.

    • eanfoso

      If it’s not worth it to you then it’s okay, this phone is aimed at the enterprise sector and they’ll gladly pay this much. Typing this from my passport. The priv is my first Android phone in 4 years, my last android was the note 2 and sure it’s neat, but strictly OS wise android lags behind bbos so much. I have my priv as my secondary phone. Also the passport is dirt cheap right now.

  • steadymobb

    I want a new phone -_- this one doesn’t have a finger print scanner and the nexus doesn’t do wireless charging. Ugh. Guess I’ll wait to see what the g5 looks like

    • eanfoso

      Why exactly do you need a fingerprint scanner?

      • iCrap

        its convenient to unlock the phone and for using android pay

      • steadymobb

        I have an s6 right now and have gotten so used to it. I don’t think I can go back – it’s awesome

      • Paul

        It’s a good level of security. A friend has a spouse that reads their text messages and such. so They got an iPhone, their choice, with the fingerprint scanner and noe the spouse cannot access their phone and privacy.
        Sounds crazy but this is where it can be helpful. As well, if someone steals my Note 5 they won’t be able to gain access since I use the fingerprint scanner.

  • Rick_Diesel

    so far so good…had phone in hand for about 2 hours and I’d say its the best Android I have ever used. Also made me switch from iPhone 6s Plus

    • I agree. It’s one of my top 3 that I’ve ever used. The form factor is almost perfect (LG G2 had the perfect size, but Priv is close).

      • Rick_Diesel

        The physical keyboard is very nice to have. Only gripe is it kind of runs hot but that’s most likely due to the excessive app downloads happening on a new phone

        • I’ve had mine since November. After the downloads, installations, and updates, it settles down. They’ve already released a couple of system updates, and I believe one addressed that. The frequent updates is what’s really nice, and I’ve become a big fan of the Hub. It’s incredibly convenient to manage all seven e-mail accounts from a single app.

        • Rick_Diesel

          Blackberry Hub is the best BB feature i have found so far…not many people are on BBM anymore so that may be dead

  • Steve Cramer

    Not happy ; two local stores beginning stock in Northern VA, zero phones and two phones, what’s up with that?

  • AS118

    I wish they’d made it have a more reasonable 1080p screen for more battery and a lower price. I also think that they should’ve kept the classier “Venice” name instead of the bathroom-sounding “Priv” one.

  • Paul

    While I hope BB does get back on it’s feet, mostly for the job market, I’m not sure this will be the phone that does that. A small step, but not the shot that will bring them back.

    Too high of a price point, in my opinion.

  • Rick_Diesel

    there was an update out of the box, in case anyone cares