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The Priv is the phone loyal BlackBerry users want over all others

BlackBerry Passport and Priv

When it comes to buying a new phone, we have a tendency to stick close to home. In our first look at the purchase interest and intent of the Mobile Nations' communities, we tapped into the level of demand for tablets, watches, and TV boxes being offered by the biggest smartphone providers. But the smartphone itself remains the primary digital device for many, and plenty of companies have...

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BlackBerry will operate in Pakistan

BlackBerry won't be pulling out of Pakistan after all. The local government has rescinded its shutdown order and dropped its request for access to BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) email and messaging content. A new post from Marty Beard, BlackBerry's Chief Operating Officer, revealed that the two reached an agreement, and that the Pakistani government was able to accept BlackBerry's position...

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AT&T reportedly set to ditch 2-year smartphone contracts on Jan. 8 [Update]

AT&T reportedly set to ditch 2-year smartphone contracts on Jan. 8 [Update]

Update: AT&T has sent over a statement that both confirms, as well as clarifies, the carrier's plans: "With $0 down for well-qualified customers, the ability to upgrade early and down payment options available with even lower monthly installments, our customers are overwhelmingly choosing AT&T Next. Starting January 8, AT&T Next will be the primary way to get a new smartphone at...

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Qualcomm looks to strengthen ties in China with new patent license deals

Qualcomm

Qualcomm is looking to head into 2016 with a clean slate in China now that the company has signed new patent licensing deals in the country. Qualcomm has reached an agreement with smartphone manufacturers Beijing Tianyu Communication Equipment and Haier Group. The move comes after the company itself was investigated by Chinese officials over an antitrust dispute. As well as working with...

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BlackBerry Priv now available in the UAE and KSA through Axiom

BlackBerry Priv now available in the UAE and KSA through Axiom

Although BlackBerry's official announcement had the Priv arriving in the UAE early January and in KSA during the first half of January, the folks at Axiom Telecom were taking preorders for the earlier date of December 27, 2015. With that date now behind us, those who never preordered can now also pick up a BlackBerry Priv from Axiom, which is currently listing the Android-powered smartphone as...

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Verizon will pay up to $650 to cover your switching costs

Verizon

Verizon is now offering up to $650 per line to those who are looking to make the switch to its network. We've seen other carriers offer to pay your switching costs, and now those looking to jump to Verizon's network can do so without a huge financial impact. Whether you are in the middle of a contract or making monthly device payments, Verizon will pay up to $650 per line of service that you...

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Mobile Nations Yearly: A quick look back at 2015

Mobile Nations Yearly: A quick look back at 2015

A year in review. For our final edition of Mobile Nations Weekly in this calendar year, we're mixing things up a bit. To be honest, a look back at the last week would be pretty dull anyway — thanks to those holiday things, the people who make the news take some time off, which means the people like us that write the news and the people like you that read the news get to take some much-deserved...

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SaskTel drops price of the BlackBerry Priv to $249.99 for a limited time

As part of their 'boxing week' deals in Canada, regional carrier SaskTel has decided to save their customers some cash on the new BlackBerry Priv. For a limited time, SaskTel is offering the Android-powered BlackBerry Priv for only $249.99, down from their usual $399.99 with a new two-year contract. Customers interested in picking up a Priv will have to hit up a retail / dealer location, though...

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Snag an unlocked BlackBerry Priv from Daily Steals for only $650

Snag an unlocked BlackBerry Priv from Daily Steals for only $650

Didn't find a BlackBerry Priv among your presents but still really want one? You might want to hit up the Daily Steals site then. Right now, they're offering up unlocked versions of the BlackBerry Priv for only $650 USD. Sure, that's not really a 'steal' considering you can purchase the device from ShopBlackBerry right now in a bundle with a Leather Smart Flip Case and a Sync Pod for $699,...

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BlackBerry Priv camera earns high marks in DxOMark Mobile test

BlackBerry Priv camera earns high marks in DxOMark Mobile test

One of the key device highlights for the BlackBerry Priv, even before its official release, has been that 18MP camera shooter on the back helped by a Schneider-Kreuznach lens. While there have been many debates about the quality of the pictures Priv is capable of taking, especially after recent updates improved the camera performance, the folks at DxO Labs have now put the Priv's camera through...

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BlackBerry Priv for Verizon rolls into the FCC

BlackBerry Priv for Verizon rolls into the FCC

A little something for those of you on Verizon who have been waiting for the BlackBerry Priv to arrive. You're now one step closer to being able to pick up the device as it has now checked in with the FCC seeking approval. Although it's no surprise given the fact Verizon has already announced the Priv as coming soon to their network, it's still nice to see. Plus, it adds a bit more...

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You'll be able to stream The Beatles this holiday season

The Beatles

The Beatles are set to arrive on various streaming services this week. Starting from tomorrow, Thursday 24, the group will be available for streaming on the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Amazon Prime Music, and Tidal. The greatest band. The entire catalogue. Tonight at midnight. #BeatlesOnSpotify pic.twitter.com/zVD4T5I6eJ— Spotify (@Spotify) December 23, 2015 A side...

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BlackBerry Priv officially arrives in Italy priced at 849 Euros

BlackBerry Priv officially arrives in Italy priced at 849 Euros

While folks in Italy haven't had too hard of a time getting their hands on a brand new BlackBerry Priv through retailers such as Amazon and Euronics, BlackBerry has finally made the Priv release in Italy official. The Android-powered smartphone will be available starting this week at physical retailers and selected online stores with a retail price of 849 Euros. That's approximately $928 USD...

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Google Play holiday promo lets you snag any one album at half price

Google Play holiday promo lets you snag any one album at half price

If you fancy some new music as we head into the holidays, Google Play is currently offering a 50 percent discount on any one album of your choice. There's really nothing to speak of as far as catches are concerned. The deal is wide open to any one album you'd like, so you can score the discount on anything ranging from Bette Midler to Dimmu Borgir. Thankfully, this isn't limited to just U.S....

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SecuSUITE for Enterprise protects businesses from electronic eavesdropping

Initially announced back in November, BlackBerry today has now officially released SecuSUITE for Enterprise, the new VoIP, software-based, cloud-hosted solution voice encryption solution for Enterprise that works across iOS, Android and BlackBerry 10 operating systems. The software-based, multi-OS solution provides secure calling and text messaging on mobile devices, safeguarding...

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BlackBerry's AtHoc selected by Dept of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has expanded its deployment of BlackBerry's AtHoc, this time to the Farm Services Administration. AtHoc helps organizations ensure safe and effective communications, like alerts, messages and more, during times of emergency. With this expansion, more than 15,000 personnel from the department will be covered for emergency communication and personnel...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: 'Twas the week before Christmas

Mobile Nations Weekly: 'Twas the week before Christmas

Gather 'round the digital yule log. 'Twas the week before Christmas, and no new tech was shown, Not a new watch was released, nor tablets, nor phones; The blogs were not restless, for there was still news, In updates and comparisons and years-in-reviews.Project Fi went data-only and BlackBerry posted results,Apple shuffled execs and the Windows apps you must consult; And at the week's end we...

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BlackBerry Priv will arrive in UAE and KSA in January

BlackBerry Priv will arrive in UAE and KSA in January

As we learned during the BlackBerry Q3 2016 earnings call, BlackBerry plans to have the Priv rolled out to 31 countries this quarter and now those in the UAE and KSA now have a timeline on when they can expect the device to arrive. As announced on Twitter by BlackBerry Mid East, the Android-powered Priv will be made available in the UAE early January and in KSA during the first half of January...

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You can save $5 when unlocking your BlackBerry 10 smartphone with coupon code

Save $5 on unlocking BlackBerry 10 phones

If you've got a BlackBerry 10 smartphone that you want to use on another carrier, you'll want to check out this deal from GetUnlocked. With coupon code CRACKBERRYXMAS you'll be able to save $5 on the cost of the unlocking service. To unlock your phone, all you'll need is the IMEI number, which you can find in the phone's Settings, and then a payment method. Supported phones for unlocking...

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Looking behind the numbers: BlackBerry's on the right track

Looking behind the numbers: BlackBerry's on the right track

All great changes are preceded by chaos. That's a quote from Deepak Chopra, and right now, it seems fitting for BlackBerry. It's certainly no secret that BlackBerry has struggled for the past few years, and everything surrounding the company has been chaotic, but for the first time in a while now, it would seem as though there's a change in the air. Earlier today, BlackBerry released their Q3...

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