If you are part of the demographic that likes both Verizon and BlackBerry, an Instagram photo of the BlackBerry Priv might get your hopes up.
The screen of the phone gives info about the network and tells that the device operates on the nation's biggest carrier.
The Verizon logo is not discernable anywhere, nor is the companies' name. However, in the upper right of the display users notice that the phone is linked to Verizon Wireless. Another reason why this is supposed to be a Verizon handset is that in the screen's notification list there is an announcement that reads "Enhanced Verizon Store visits."
The image of the anticipated smartphone appeared on the Instagram account of user apertura64. As we live in an era when 14-year-olds can master Adobe Photoshop, skepticism about the information is advised.
It is not the first time that Verizon-related rumors prove to be untrue. In 2014, sources indicated that Sony Xperia Z2 planned to play in the big red's team, but in the end it proved to be just empty talk.
Some months ago, a tweet from Evan Blass hinted that the BlackBerry Priv, formerly known as "Venice" will land on the all four important United States carriers: T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.
To this date, none of the mobile data providers in the U.S. made any official announcement about the Priv being supported.
BlackBerry, on the other hand, will start to answer orders and ship the unlocked phone beginning the week of Nov. 9. Due to the different GSM and CDMA mobile systems, American buyers of the unlocked devices may only use them on T-Mobile or AT&T.
What else is certain about the BlackBerry Priv? Its configuration, which shows a Snapdragon 808 processor with 3 GB RAM. The storage standard is 32 GB, but microSD expansion may push it to 2 TB. High tech features come from the Quick Charge 2.0 capacity, wireless charging support (Qi and PMA are both possible) that fuels the strong 3,410mAh battery. The 18 MP rear snapper is impressive and the display as well. We're talking about a curved 5.43-inch, WQHD Plastic AMOLED that supports a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440p. The Gorilla Glass 4 ensures durability to the portrait sliding smartphone.
If you choose to pre-order BlackBerry Priv directly from the producer, the price tag is $699.
Until Verizon makes any statement regarding its support for BlackBerry, users from the United States might want to look at the other carriers' offers.