BlackBerry smartphones don’t really get carrier support these days. No wonder the BlackBerry KEYOne has been sold unlocked and off-contract in the United States ever since it was launched earlier this year. Sprint is the only carrier to officially sell the handset so far. It has been selling the KEYOne online for a couple of weeks now. Sprint customers will now be able to purchase the BlackBerry KEYOne from its physical stores across the country as well.
Sprint did confirm that it will eventually bring the KEYOne to its retail stores across the country when it started selling the handset online. There’s no reason to believe right now that other carriers will follow Sprint’s lead and start selling the TCL-made BlackBerry KEYOne directly.
That doesn’t really matter, though, since the device has support for all major GSM and CDMA networks in the country so it will work on any carrier. Having a presence in Sprint’s retail stores will give the company a chance to sell more handsets as it will be able to capture the attention of customers that walk into a Sprint store with the intention of purchasing a new handset.
The BlackBerry KEYOne is being sold at a full retail price of $528. For that money, customers get a 4.5 inch full HD display, a Snapdragon 625 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage. The handset also has a 3,505mAh battery and a physical full QWERTY keyboard.