Remember when BlackBerries dominated the smartphone market? Remember when "BlackBerrying" was a commonly-used verb?
The device is called the KEYone and, amazingly, it doesn't look a whole lot different from Blackberries of yore. It still sports an analog keyboard, and vaguely the same boxy design as the old ones.
Under the hood, the KEYone packs considerable horsepower, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 mobile platform, a "smart" keyboards that allows for customizable shortcuts to apps, and "the largest battery ever found in a BlackBerry," enabling 26 plus hours of usage. The phone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat.
Manufacturer TCL Communication makes special note of the KEYone's security features in their press release for the device. This includes the world's first keyboard-embedded fingerprint sensor, and a software called DTEK that constantly monitors the operating system and apps, letting users know when their privacy is at risk.
There might really be something to BlackBerry's performance when it comes to security--after all, former President Barack Obama famously used a Blackberry throughout his time in office (albeit a specially-encrypted one).
Sprint is selling the device starting tomorrow, July 14, for 18 monthly payments of $22, totaling $396 when all is said and done. Sprint wants you to know that it pairs perfectly with their Unlimited Freedom plan, which is still the cheapest unlimited deal among the majors, at $50 a month.
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Sprint is considered one of the "big four" carriers in the United States. Sprint's many retail locations are scattered throughout the country, and the company is headquartered in Overland Park, KS.
- Network Sprint operates a nationwide 3G/4G CDMA network on the 1900 MHz PCS band. Sprint's LTE band frequency will support bands 25 and 41.
- Coverage: Sprint consistently ranks #4 in national network coverage tests.
- Where to Buy: Sprint sells their plans and phones online and at their over 4,500 stores.
- Bring Your Own Phone to Sprint: To bring your phone to Sprint, it must be unlocked and have previously run on CDMA technology. Find out more about bringing your own phone here.
- Tethering: Customers who purchase Sprint's Unlimited Freedom Plan will get 10 GB/month for tethering purposes. Customers without the Unlimited Freedom Plan can purchase network data for $15/1GB.
- Prepaid: Sprint's prepaid arm is called Sprint Forward.
- Taxes & Fees: Sprint will charge state taxes and fees on top of your monthly cell phone plan cost.
Fact: Sprint's origins stretch all the way back to 1899 (!) with the founding of Brown Telephone Company in rural Kansas. Learn more about Sprint via our carrier review.