It rarely happens that a smartphone can be purchased right after its announcement. It can take anywhere between a couple of days and a few months to get the device and the carrier or retailer ready for sale. In the case of the BlackBerry Priv and T-Mobile it’s been three months almost to the day. The phone went official in October 2015 and earlier today it became available online and through carrier’s local stores.
T-Mobile is finally selling the BlackBerry Priv
T-Mobile is offering a few payment options so you can pick the one that fits best your budget condition and your preferences. First off, you can get the Priv through T-Mobile monthly payment plan in which case it will set you back $30 per month over 24 months with no upfront fee. You can also opt for JUMP! On Demand and get the device for $0 up front and $34 per month for 18 months. At the end of that period you can either pay off the remaining balance and keep the phone or trade it in for a new model.
Finally, if none of the above sounds good to you, you can pay full price of $719.99 at checkout and you won’t have to worry about monthly payments. Should you choose this options, though, it might be a better idea to buy the Priv unlocked straight from BlackBerry, since the manufacturer is asking for it $699.99.
The BlackBerry Priv was sort of an experiment and judging by warm reception and favorable reviews, it was a success. Probably the most unusual thing about the phone is that it runs Android OS and no BlackBerry phone in the past was launched with a platform other than BlackBerry. The handset will ship with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with almost no modifications, though as the manufacturer promised, we can expect 6.0 Marshmallow update by the end of Q1.
Spec-wise the Priv is a match for the most premium Android smartphones out there. For starters, it sports a large 5.4-inch QHD AMOLED display with curved edge design and Gorilla Glass 4 for protection. Under the hood, the phone has a 64-bit hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and power is delivered by a large 3,400 mAh battery which should be good for up to 22.5 hours of talk time.
Other key features include a slide-down QWERTY keyboard with enhanced functionality, 32GB of expandable storage, 18-megapixel main camera with Schneider-Kreuznach optics, optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus, and 4K UDH video recording as well as a 2-megapixel selfie shooter.
T-Mobile took its time bringing the BlackBerry Priv to its network, but let’s not complain too much. What’s most important is that the phone is finally available for purchase through financing plans which is great news for potential buyers who can’t afford to pay full price.