You Can Now Buy BlackBerry’s Priv Android Device At Verizon
BlackBerry’s Priv smartphone used to be only available at AT&T and T-Mobile. But Verizon Wireless has since announced that it is also selling the BlackBerry device, although at a higher price. Even though the Priv can be purchased at a price of $700 unlocked, the Big Red is offering the device at a price of $720 without a contract, or at a rather high $30 a month price over a period of a couple of years. With this latest development, the BlackBerry Priv is now made available at three major wireless carriers in the United States, with only Sprint the only one left among the Big Four who has not joined in on the fun yet. More importantly, in light of Verizon Wireless’ considerable reach, the Priv is now accessible to more than 80 percent of all mobile users in America.
Back in November of last year, it was reported that the BlackBerry Priv would only be offered exclusively by AT&T. But early this year in January, John Chen, the chief executive officer of BlackBerry, has since revealed that the device will also soon be available to the rest of the Big Four wireless carriers in the US, namely Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and Sprint. After AT&T, T-Mobile followed suit in making the Priv available to its subscribers. However, it took some time for Verizon Wireless to follow suit. Now that the device is made more available, more users now get a chance to experience for themselves what the Priv is really all about.
The Priv is a flagship BlackBerry device, and is the first smartphone offering from the Canadian phone maker that is powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system instead of its BlackBerry OS. Apart from featuring a fully QWERTY keyboard (just like other old BlackBerry devices), the Priv also comes with a touchscreen display. One can say that the Priv has the potential of appealing to today’s mobile users accustomed to touchscreen displays, while at the same time, catering to old school types who still like owning a smartphone that comes with a physical keyboard.
As for its other specifications, the BlackBerry Priv comes with a 5.43 AMOLED display screen with a resolution of 1,440 by 2,560 pixels and a 540 ppi pixel density, flanked by an 18 megapixel camera on the rear side and a 2 megapixel camera on the front side. The device features a curved edge screen and is fitted with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Inside the device’s frame, it houses a 64 bit hexa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chip set, further supported with 3 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) as well as 32 gigabytes of onboard memory (plus a micro SD card slot for expanding up to 2 terabytes of storage space).