PRIV by BlackBerry: Coming to America's better network

Mar 03, 2016, 06:09 ET from Verizon

NEW YORK, March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon will offer PRIV™, the first Blackberry® smartphone powered by Android, online beginning Thursday, March 3, then in stores beginning Thursday, March 11. PRIV will be available for $30 per month for 24 months on the Verizon installment plan or $720 (full retail price).

PRIV sets a new standard in form factor, offering the best of both keyboards — the freedom to choose between a best-in-class physical QWERTY keyboard that slides out from under the display or a touch-screen keyboard. In addition, the PRIV offers the exclusive new DTEK™ warning system app that monitors and controls application access to your camera, personal information and more. DTEK also evaluates your device security and offers suggested actions to improve your privacy. Through the Android platform, PRIV gives users full access to over one million applications: whether it's Instagram, Spotify, Uber or BBM®, you'll find it on Google PlayTM.

The best devices on America's #1 ranked network

Your new PRIV deserves the top network and only Verizon wins the number one network in three leading studies, in multiple tests, year after year. When you choose Verizon, you can unlock the full potential of your PRIV with Verizon's 4G LTE network, ranked number one by Root Metrics for overall network performance across the United States for the past five consecutive testing periods. That means after using the camera, you can quickly and reliably share your favorite moments with your friends and family.

Switch to Verizon and get 24 GB of bonus data every year and up to $650

When you purchase your new PRIV you can stream more music, watch more shows and publish more videos — for free. You'll receive 24 GB of bonus data every year for life when you upgrade or activate a new phone on a Verizon Plan XL or larger and choose the device payment option. The 2 GB of monthly bonus data is shareable, can be combined with other offers and applies as long as the line remains active on a Verizon Plan XL or larger.

If you're switching to Verizon from a discount provider or a company with a poor network, you can also receive up to $650. Visit for additional pricing details and device specifications.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) employs a diverse workforce of 177,700 and generated nearly $132 billion in 2015 revenues. Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide. Headquartered in New York, the company also provides communications and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.

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