In keeping with their promise to have Priv rolled out to 31 countries, BlackBerry has now announced the next market for the device. The first-ever BlackBerry smartphone powered by Android will be available in Nigeria as of tomorrow through SLOT retail outlets.
Back in October of last year, BlackBerry and Interswitch announced a new partnership to integrate payments through BBM by way of a new app called Quickteller Mini. That app has now been updated and makes sending and receiving money over BBM easier than ever.
Although it was previously announced that MTN, Vodacom and Cell C would be offering the BlackBerry Priv in South Africa, at the time of the announcement there was no real date set for release but as it turns out, potential Priv owners didn't have to wait all that long. All three carriers are now offering the device online.
In addition to the launch in India, BlackBerry has also announced the Priv is headed to South Africa, although pricing details have yet to be revealed. South African carriers announced to be offering the Priv as of as of next week through MTN, Vodacom and Cell C.
At an event held at the Oberoi in New Delhi, BlackBerry India Managing Director Narendra Nayak and Damian Tay Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Product Management at BlackBerry introduced the company's first Android-powered smartphone to the market which will be available in stores across India starting January 30th, with a price tag of Rs. 62,990.
As BlackBerry noted back in December, the Priv is now seeing a broader release in the Middle East. Saudi Telecom Company (STC) is now offering the first-ever BlackBerry smartphone powered by Android to their customers through their website and retail outlets.
Adding to the already existing availability of Priv through ShopBlackBerry in the Netherlands, BlackBerry has announced their first Android-powered smartphone is now also available through the various KPN channels including KPN retail stores, KPN XL stores, KPN B2B channels and online through KPN.com.
If you live in the UK, you now have another outlet to pick up a BlackBerry Priv from. EE has now made the BlackBerry Priv available to customers through their website for consumer and business accounts.