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Carphone Warehouse is selling the BlackBerry Priv for £559 SIM-free


BlackBerry is enjoying a sort of renaissance thanks to the positive publicity generated by its first Android-powered smartphone, the Priv. Featuring a physical QWERTY keyboard that slides out, the Priv has seen demand outstrip supply, with direct orders from BlackBerry only shipping from November 30th. In the UK though, it’s possible to order the BlackBerry Priv SIM-free from Carphone Warehouse (CPW) with next-day shipping for £559 ($849). Read more

Carphone Warehouse announces the Huawei Y3, the UK’s lowest priced smartphone

Huawei_Y3_CPW_UK dwellers in the market for an affordable, no-nonsense handset might be interested in the country’s lowest priced smartphone; the Huawei Y3 which is available from Carphone Warehouse. The handset is available on CPW’s iD network from just £5 per month with no upfront charge on a 2-year contract or £59 SIM-free. While for many it won’t be suitable as their main handset, the Huawei Y3 could do a job as a secondary, backup device. Read more

Blackberry Priv unboxing video released by Carphone Warehouse

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Blackberry’s first Android powered smartphone, the Blackberry Priv, will be hitting consumers’ hands soon. U.K. retailer Carphone Warehouse has released an unboxing video for the device so buyers can get a better idea of what to expect from the new smartphone. The video is standard fare for an unboxing video, giving viewers a glimpse of the actual packaging and how Blackberry went about fitting everything in the box. The latter half of the video shows a little bit of how the software, especially the Blackberry specific apps, work on the device and how the physical keyboard is accessed. Blackberry appears to be following the path of Motorola in keeping Android pretty much close to stock and adding apps to the device as opposed to layering on their own user interface.

Hit the break to check out the video and let us know in the comments if you plan to give the Blackberry Priv a try. Read more

You can pre-order the BlackBerry Priv from Carphone Warehouse in the UK for £579

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Blackberry has been slowly revealing the various features of its first Android-powered smartphone, the Priv, and everyone seems to be excited about it so far. Blackberry has managed to differentiate the Priv with its physical keyboard, slider design and a secure, Android experience. Unlike most brands that hire out huge halls to announce a new handset, BlackBerry seems to be content with simply making the Priv available to pre-order, yesterday from the Canadian carrier, Rogers, and today in the UK via Carphone Warehouse.

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Sprint will open 20 new US stores in partnership with Europe’s Dixons Carphone


Sprint has been in the headlines recently, with the news that its CEO, Marcelo Claure, is paid handsomely, that the carrier’s unlimited All-In plan launched with some limits after all. Sprint did get some brownie points for responding swiftly to the video streaming cap, removing the measly 600kbps limit, albeit by slipping in that streaming traffic would be managed when the network became congested. Now, it seems that Sprint is looking at re-invigorating its retail stores strategy by partnering up with Dixon’s Carphone to increase the number of its physical stores.  Read more