Blackberry Priv and HTC One A9 Now Available

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Today two new phones came available for purchase here in the US. First off, the Blackberry Priv is now available from AT&T stores nationwide. AT&T has an exclusive on the phone in the US for now, but we expect other carriers to follow soon. Unfortunately those that preordered the Priv from Blackberry’s website will not receive their phones until next week as the company just started shipping the devices today. In order to compensate customers for the late arrival, Blackberry is throwing in a free car charger. You should note that if you choose to buy the phone from AT&T that it will run $739.99, a full $40 over the retail unlocked price from the official Blackberry website. I stopped into an AT&T store today to pick up a Priv, and it appears most stores only received 2-3 units. Make sure to call ahead if you’re trying to pick up a Priv for yourself this weekend!

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Verizon also tweeted a quick announcement today that they will carry the Priv soon, though they have not given an exact date or pricing. It seems likely AT&T will have the exclusive for at least a few weeks, so look for the Priv to arrive at Verizon after that.

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The other phone that landed in the US officially is the HTC One A9. The A9 is available from HTC directly, Sprint, and AT&T. The phone is on sale for $399 from HTC’s webstore, but only until midnight tonight. Both AT&T are selling the phone on installment plans as well, but for $500+ this phone is a pretty easy miss in my opinion. I did sneak my order in for an A9 at the $399 price, but HTC has yet to send me shipping information. I just noticed Sprint is actually selling this phone for $696 off contract, LOLZ. Please don’t be the person that buys this phone for that price.

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"

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