BlackBerry’s latest handset might soon be available from Sprint. You may recall that the company has given the exclusive manufacturing rights to TCL. China-based TCL is now manufacturing smartphones and selling them under BlackBerry’s brand. The BlackBerry KEYOne is the first love child of this partnership and it appears to be heading to Sprint in the near future.
The unlocked and off-contract version of the BlackBerry KEYOne is already available for purchase in the United States. However, that particular version doesn’t have support for Sprint’s network.
A Sprint community forum user asked a question about the unlocked version’s compatibility on the carrier’s network. A representative for Sprint said that “While the BlackBerry KEYone is coming to Sprint we’re not supporting the factory unlocked version at launch.”
Another representative responded to a separate query about the availability of the KEYOne on Sprint. The representative confirmed that the BlackBerry KEYOne will be available for online direct ship ordering from July 14th and that it will be available from all other channels starting July 28th.
BlackBerry is yet to officially announce that Sprint will begin carrying the device. If it does do that, Sprint will be the first major carrier in the United States to carry the BlackBerry KEYOne because no other carrier is doing that right now.