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Sprint no longer plans to offer the BlackBerry Priv

by Killian Bell | April 11, 2016April 11, 2016 4:08 am PST

Sprint no longer has plans to offer the BlackBerry Priv, according to tweets from the carrier’s official Twitter account. The news comes just three months after BlackBerry CEO John Chen promised Sprint support for the company’s first Android-powered smartphone.

Chen told us during CES back in January that the Priv would be coming to Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon this year. While the latter two are now selling the device, Sprint is yet to make it available — and it doesn’t look like that will change now.

“Sorry to say but we will no longer carry the BlackBerry PRIV,” Sprint told one customer on Twitter. “If this changes in the future we will update customers.”

It’s unlikely there will be a change given Priv’s sales performance so far. Last week, Chen confirmed to investors that BlackBerry sold just 600,000 smartphones during its fourth fiscal quarter, down from 700,000 the previous period.

Sprint probably feels like it isn’t missing out on much, then. BlackBerry has now cut the unlocked Priv’s price tag by $50, but that probably won’t boost sales by much. With increased competition from the likes of Samsung and LG, it seems a bigger cut is needed.

If Sprint does happen to change its mind, we will update you. But you probably shouldn’t get your hopes up too much. If you had your heart set on the Priv, maybe it’s time to think about switching carriers instead.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...