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BlackBerry Priv pre-orders may start as soon as this Friday, Oct. 23

It turns out that we may be closer to the launch of the Android-powered BlackBerry Priv than we thought. According to some recent advertisements that have begun popping up around the web—including our own sister-site, CrackBerry—we could see pre-orders open up this Friday, October 23.

Priv Order Ad

This isn't a firm confirmation quite yet, as the ads could have simply started circulating a little earlier than intended. Still, we've seen carriers like Rogers start to open up reservations, indicating that a launch is approaching. As for pricing, we haven't heard anything concrete from BlackBerry yet, but MobileSyrup reports that Rogers has confirmed that the smartphone will sell for $400 on a 2-year contract, or $800 unlocked.

Via: MobileSyrup

  • $800???? Why not just make a million phones then dump them in the ocean.
  • 800 Canadian dollars. Don't sweat it. Nexus 6
  • Yeah it looks like people can't read where it says 800CAD not 800USD SMH Posted via the Android Central App
  • Rogers is a Canadian carrier. Put 2 and 2 together. Nexus 6
  • It does not say CAD. It says $. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wow....I was seriously interested in this phone...long time berry user....not now....I'll keep my GN4. Posted via the Android Central App
  • $800? No.
    Less than $800? Maybe.
    WAY less than $800? Probably.
    $800÷2? Hell yes! Posted via the Android Central App
  • This.
    This in American dollars, too. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not sure I'd rely much on Rogers for that info. Canadian carrier pricing has always been one of the worst in the industry. Though it's a little more regulated now, their retail device pricing still tends to be higher than the exchanged equivalent of that of US carriers. Even just a couple years ago (legislation changed in 2013 that restricted device subsidies to not more than 24 months) most Canadian carriers were still requiring 3-yr contracts for phone subsidies and charging upfront prices with the same or HIGHER upfront costs than identical devices sold on 2-yr contracts in the US. And in 2013 the exchange rate was all but equal between the US and Canada, so the MSRP in both countries was usually the same. So they were essentially getting a year's worth of subsidy payments for free and could penalize you if you left even though you've already paid back the device cost. tl;dr don't trust Canadian carriers for pricing info.
  • I'm not sure why anyone would even be interested in this... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Uhhh maybe because it's different than every other Android brick? Maybe because it offers a physical Keyboard? Maybe because it offers better security? Or maybe because it offers BlackBerry productivity suite with BlackBerry HUB? There are many reasons and I'm counting the days. I will buy this phone regardless of what it costs period! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Agreed. Anyone's who's owned a bb knows they make the best devices regardless of the OS. Now with this android device we can have all the apps that were lacking. Can't wait to get my hands on one Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's pretty ironic, because to me this thing looks like a brick. To each their own I guess. :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • Keep in mind, these are Canadian prices. For what you get, it's comparable to all other high end offerings on Canadian carrier plans.
  • 400 for the two year pricing lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yep, in Canada you can't make a mobile contract more than two years. The price is the same for other highend offerings. Nothing out of the ordinary.
  • That's $609 in US Dollars folks.
  • Money conversion is not apparent today. Posted via the Android Central App
  • US buyers will likely have to pay 599 outright. Nexus 6
  • It really makes you wonder what some of these companies expect to prove? Companies with 0 brand recognition can not attempt to charge the same prices as market leaders. At the end of the day (as interesting as this device is) this is a dated brand, offering a saturated operating system, with an experimental device.
  • By the way, does anyone else have issues with ALL of the Mobile Nations sites when it comes to commenting from a mobile device? At first I assumed it was due to the browser on my Lumia, but I am having the same issues with my Galaxy Note 4 and chrome. Very laggy. It's also difficult to "reply".
  • Yeah, the AC site is horrible especially in that devices section. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Yes! On my iPhone every time I go to type it throws me out of the comment bubble. On my Android tab the cursor likes to play whack-a-mole jumping all over the place putting sentences in the middle of other sentences or just straight up freezing. Once linked in completely butchered pulse reader I DL'd the AC app and it works perfectly. Kudos on a quality app AC. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If those prices are confirmed, BlackBerry will have another flop on their hands to add to the collection of fanboy only devices.
  • $800 Canadian is cheap you guys are lucky compared to us in Europe it will probably cost us $1160 Posted via the Android Central App on my LG G4
  • To much sorry. Who does Blackberry think they are and the carriers for such a high outrageous price. 649-749 would be ideal at least. Posted via the Android Central App From my Blackberry Priv where I am out of toilet paper
  • That's basically $600 American Dollars.... I'm OK with that. LG G4 today... idk tomorrow.
  • Damn! Just a week ago everyone was singing their praises. I guess they thought they would be getting a $350 powerhouse... Now it's like 2009 around here. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think I want it! Posted via the Android Central App