The BlackBerry Priv is many things: new, novel, secure, sound, and pretty pricey. The device, which is a little over a month old, has now received its first major price cut via Canada’s SaskTel, albeit for a limited time. The Priv’s standard retail cost of $399.99 on a new two year contract has been diminished by $150 and thus the device can be had for just $249.99. Please note that as these are Canadian dollars, it translates to a savings of $109 USD, making the new retail price $181.08.
While the deal may sound superb, be aware that the price does not include the one-time activation fee of $25, nor does it include any relevant taxes. Perhaps more concerning however, is the fact that the carrier’s website currently lists the BlackBerry Priv as “Out of stock online” thus those eager to take advantage of the offer need to head to a physical retail location for the cash savings.
While this price cut is listed as temporary, the next few months are likely going to see a real price cut across the board, at least as hinted by BlackBerry’s CEO, John Chen. In a recent interview the corporate executive alluded to the fact that once Mobile World Congress hits, the hardware and components inside the Priv will seemingly lose some of their top-tier classification thus a price cut would be a logical step.
Canadian readers, what do you think? Is the Priv more of a proper purchase at the lower price point? Should the hardware have been set around this cost tier from the beginning? Leave your thoughts below in the comments section and let your voice be heard!