BlackBerry's Priv Android telephone involves Verizon

BlackBerry's Priv Android phone comes to Verizon

For energy Android customers who want a bodily keyboard, one of many few units left is the BlackBerry Priv. Till now, it might solely be discovered on AT&T and T-Cellular, however it’s now out there on Verizon, the most important community within the US — for a worth. Whereas it prices as little as $seven hundred or so unlocked, Huge Pink is promoting it for $720 sans contract, or a hefty $30 per 30 days over two years. Nevertheless, it signifies that BlackBerry’s first and solely Android gadget (thus far) is now obtainable to over eighty % of US subscribers, with simply Dash lacking from the large 4.

We appreciated the Priv general, however its attraction is restricted to BlackBerry followers. For a similar sum, you would get a model new Galaxy S7, a tool that may handily outperform it. Plus, we have been truly disenchanted with the keyboard itself, in case you examine it to these on earlier BlackBerry fashions. Now that it is broadly out there, it is going to be fascinating to see if sufficient individuals actually need a keyboard and the additional safety within the Priv. If not, it might spell the top of BlackBerry handsets, which first arrived in 2003 as the unique smartphones. CEO John Chen stated he might kill all units if they do not flip a revenue this yr.

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