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The BlackBerry PRIV still costs a bomb even on contract


The BlackBerry PRIV is finally here, and you must be pretty privileged if you could afford to buy one. For the rest of us, you could get it slightly cheaper via Celcom.

The PRIV is offered together Celcom’s new revamped FIRST postpaid plans, where you can save up to RM1,051 with a 24 month contract. The new plans focus on more on data with additional internet allocation for the weekends plus extra usage via Celcom’s WiFi hotspots.

The BlackBerry PRIV is priced as follows with 24 months contract:

Celcom FIRST Blue (RM45/month) – RM2,768
Celcom FIRST Gold (RM100/month) – RM2,508

During registration, you’ll need to fork out either RM250 or RM450 upfront as advance payment for FIRST Blue and FIRST Gold plan respectively. This amount will be rebated back to your account across 10 months. To spend RM2,508 for a device on contract, you could be better off buying other flagship smartphone without the extra commitments. Is the BlackBerry PRIV worth its insane price tag? Read our first impressions to find out.

If you wish to pre-order a unit, you can register at their participating outlets listed over here.

UPDATE: Celcom’s BlackBerry PRIV page is now live on their website.



Alexander Wong