The Blackberry Priv launched in November, but the availability of the phone has been a little limited. It was previously only available on AT&T, Walmart and Amazon alongside the Blackberry website. However, now the phone is available on T-Mobile as AT&T’s exclusive on the carrier version of the handset has effectively expired.
This is not a surprise as the rumor mill suggested that would be the case from January 26. T-Mobile effectively confirmed it was in discussions with Blackberry about establishing another partnership. In addition, a leaked image of a T-Mobile calendar also highlighted the mobile would become available on Jan 26.
The handset is available on T-Mobile at $719. Alternatively, you can also purchase the Blackberry Priv with monthly installments. T-Mobile has a $30 monthly installment plan for 24 months.
JUMP! On Demand, customers can make a $34 monthly installment over 18 months, which amounts to a discounted $612. Another advantage of the plan is that you can trade-in the phone for another model up to three times over one year. With that plan, there are no waiting or upgrade fees.
As you might have guessed, the Blackberry Priv is a high-end phone. It’s Blackberry’s first Android phone. The handset includes 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, which you can expand up to 200 GB with microSD. Furthermore, it boasts an 18-megapixel primary camera. The mobile has a longer-lasting 3,410 mAh battery. Its 5.1-inch display also has a decent 1,440 x 2,560 resolution.
FYI, the Blackberry Priv is currently an Android Lollipop phone. However, an Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update for the handset will roll out in March.
The Blackberry Priv will also become available to other U.S. carriers. At CES 2016, Blackberry announced its Android phone would be available with T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint. However, the company has not made it clear when the phone will launch on the Verizon and Sprint.