The BlackBerry Priv has gotten a lot of attention as the first Android phone from BlackBerry, complete with support for a series of BlackBerry apps and services including communication, search, and security tools.
It’s also one of the only major Android phones to launch this year with a physical keyboard. But there’s another thing that makes the BlackBerry Priv stand out: a pretty high price tag. An unlocked BlackBerry Priv with 32GB of storage sells for $699.
Now there’s (kind of) a cheaper way to get one: AT&T begins selling the BlackBerry Priv on November 6th, and you’ll be able to buy one for $250 when you sign up for a 2-year contract.
Sure, you could probably save money by paying full price up front and using the phone on a cheaper wireless network — the unlocked model should work with any GSM carrier in the US. But that only works if you’ve got the extra $500 to spend up front, and if you’re satisfied with the service offered by low-cost carriers.
AT&T is the first US wireless carrier to sell the BlackBerry Priv, but the phone is eventually expected to be available from most major networks.
In addition to selling the Priv for $250 with a 2-year commitment, AT&T Next customers will be able to get one for $0 down when they agree to one of the following plans:
- $24.67 per month for 30 months
- $30.84 per month for 24 months
- $37 per month for 20 months
While those plans let you spread out your payments, the total price of the phone comes to about $740… and that’s not including the cost of your wireless plan.
The Priv features a 5.4 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel AMOLED display with curved edges, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8080 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSDXC card slot, 3,410 mAh battery, an 18MP rear camera, and a 2MP front-facing camera.
Hah! To think BB is touting some sort of “Privacy” with this over-priced POS. Here in Indonesia (what used to be one of BB’s largest markets), the second the Government told them to give up access to all their subscriber accounrs, they just rolled over. Screw BB.
This is the most interesting smartphone to be released in a long time. Hopefully more carriers are planning to offer it too.
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