T-Mobile Prices BlackBerry’s Priv Android Phone

Joining AT&T in offering device; Verizon, Sprint to come
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BlackBerry’s Priv Android-based smartphone

T-Mobile priced Blackberry’s first Android phone, the Priv slider, at $719, or $34/month for 18 months when it becomes available January 26 through T-Mobile-branded stores and T-Mobile’s web site.

Consumers who lease it through the Jump! On Demand program will pay $34/month for 18 months and get the opportunity to upgrade the device whenever they want.

The phone has been available since late last year only on the AT&T network, but earlier this month,  BlackBerry announced a major breakthrough in smartphone distribution in the U.S., bringing its Priv Android-based smartphone to Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.

The device is priced by AT&T at $739, with multiple installment-payment plans available. The Priv will be available at the end of March through Verizon, and Sprint plans availability at an unspecified date.

The Android 5.1.1-based Priv slider, launched last November, features 5.4-inch touchscreen with two curved sides. It also features slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The phone is said to combine BlackBerry features such as encryption and a BlackBerry physical keyboard with the ability to access the Google Play store’s extensive Android app library.


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