BlackBerry Priv wireless charging support varies depending on where you bought it

Support for wireless charging used to be one of the most contentious issues you’d face when buying a new handset. Would the phone you were buying support it at all? Would it support the same standard as your existing charging hardware? And even if the manufacturer built such support in to the handset’s international edition, would local carrier variants see the feature stripped? By and large, the situation’s much better these days: dual-standard support is becoming more common, and carriers are much more likely to leave the ability intact. But that’s still not the case everywhere, and as shoppers checking out the new BlackBerry Priv are learning, not all phones sold under the same name are created equal.

Here in the US, BlackBerry’s selling the Priv as its model STV100-1, and as the manufacturer confirms on its Priv spec breakdown, the phone supports dual-mode PMA and Qi wireless charging.

But up in Canada, on BlackBerry’s home turf, the situation is much more confusing. While the model listed on the company’s site is still STV100-1, it no longer advertises wireless charging support on its spec page. And Canadian carriers are selling model STV100-3, which also make no claim as to wireless charging support.

In a statement responding to questions about the differences between all that hardware, BlackBerry explains: “Only devices purchased via ShopBlackBerry in the USA will support wireless charging. They are both STV 100-1 models — however, wireless charging support is only specific to devices purchased via the USA ShopBlackBerry site.

While not formally confirmed, sources have suggested that wireless charging was dropped for the Canadian release as a cost-cutting measure.

Source: Mobile Syrup

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