BlackBerry Ltd’s latest Android device is finally making its way to T-Mobile. The move makes T-Mobile the second major U.S. carrier to offer the new BlackBerry Priv to its customers. Elsewhere, the Canadian tech firm has asserted itself in other ways. It was reported before the new year that BlackBerry will no longer be making an exit from Pakistan. The Asian state and the company have reached an agreement on certain terms.
Priv comes to T-Mobile
From the date of the Priv’s released in early November, AT&T has been the only major cell carrier to support the device in the U.S. According to a T-Mobile internal launch schedule leaked by sources, the new Priv handset will be available on the carrier from Tuesday, the 26th of January.
However, though the Priv is only supported by one carrier in the U.S., BlackBerry has been selling the device unlocked from its online store. The company has also pushed the device onto third party retailers like Amazon and Wal-Mart. Such commercial giants have been reported to have sold out of the devices during the Christmas season. Stocks has since been replenished.
Though we are aware that both AT&T and T-Mobile will soon be raking in BlackBerry fans together, the Priv-based plans of other major carrier are still unclear. Sources have insisted that the likes of Verizon will come to the party in “early 2016”. However, no official confirmations has been offered.
The Priv is unlikely to be supported by CDMA networks though. Customers with Sprint, Verizon and any other CDMA carrier cannot pre-order the device. BlackBerry has only made the device available to GSM-supporting carriers.
The Priv holds a large range of appealing features. This evident in its very high demand. Bearing this, it comes as no surprise that other carriers like T-Mobile wish to cash in on its success.
BlackBerry stays in Pakistan
Elsewhere, BlackBerry has been stopped at the door. The Canadian tech entity seemed certain that it would be exiting Pakistan after the state demanded access rights to its user data. BlackBerry declined and was given til the end of December to cease operations and leave the state.
Reports now say that BlackBerry will no longer be leaving the country. According to sources, the company has struck a deal with the Pakistani government.
“We are grateful to the Pakistani Telecommunications Authority (PTA) and the Pakistani government for accepting BlackBerry’s position, says COO Marty Beard. “[W]e cannot provide the content of our BES traffic, nor will we provide access to our BES servers.”