BlackBerry didn’t have anything new to showcase at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, despite the encouraging box-office debut of its rookie Android effort, and loud and clear statements regarding imminent sequels.
But that doesn’t mean the slowly recovering sleeping giant can’t make a few headlines from its Waterloo headquarters, taking to the official company blog earlier today to add three more European countries to the Priv’s world tour.
Thus far sold through ShopBlackBerry only in the United States, Canada, the UK, and Germany, the security-focused smartphone spreads to Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands at a pretty hefty unlocked price.
Namely, €779 across the board, VAT included, which converts to around $835, compared to the $699 charged by BB stateside. Whew, good thing discounts are upon us, even though the financially struggling device manufacturer never confirmed they were global.
Elsewhere, the BlackBerry Priv can be picked up from third-party retailers, like Sosh and Orange in France, MemoXpress in Philippines, M1, Singtel and StarHub in Singapore, and genuine armies of electronics merchants in Hong Kong, Malaysia or Vietnam.
Let’s not forget about the looming expansion to Verizon and T-Mobile US after a limited exclusivity period of AT&T carriage, all signs therefore pointing to a massive distribution ramp-up that can only mean great things for BlackBerry. See, it sometimes pays off to gamble, albeit in the eleventh hour.
Source: Inside BlackBerry