Starting roughly ten days ago, the first ever Android-powered smartphone from BlackBerry was up for grabs in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, and Netherlands. But while everywhere else you could opt to do business with the device manufacturer itself or third-party retailers and carriers like Amazon, Carphone Warehouse or Rogers, the Priv was only available stateside through shop.blackberry.com.
That’s no longer the case, although you might be surprised to hear it’s B&H Photo Video that jumps the gun in the US, not Best Buy or Amazon. The New York City-headquartered imaging store promises to deliver the BlackBerry Priv on November 20 to early online buyers, as well as stock it in its specialty shop in less than three weeks.
Keep in mind shipping straight from BB’s warehouses will kick off November 9, and the unlocked price is the same $699 in black only. Also, the touchscreen/QWERTY keyboard hybrid device is not compatible with Verizon or Sprint yet, possibly coming to both CDMA operators, plus their AT&T and T-Mobile GSM rivals in the next month or two.
Alas, none of the “big four” have confirmed that for the time being, so what still gives us hope are pre-release rumors of nationwide network support and a newly surfaced live Priv pic. The photo most definitely stars a Verizon-bound phone, despite the front panel lacking any trace of Big Red’s notoriously aggressive branding.
We’re guessing we’ll see a couple of logos on the back therefore… whenever the country-leading carrier decides to actually pick up and sell the BlackBerry Priv.