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Get an unlocked BlackBerry Priv for $434.99

From the Cheapskate: Huh? A BlackBerry? It's not what you think: This one runs Android, but still delivers that beloved 'Berry keyboard.

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I remember when the iPhone first arrived on the scene -- many a phone owner balked at the idea of having to use a non-tactile onscreen keyboard.

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Are you all thumbs? The BlackBerry Priv may be the phone for you.

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Needless to say, we all got used to it. But I'm sure there are some folks who would still prefer a physical keyboard, kind of like the one that made BlackBerrys so popular.

If you're one of them, happy day: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Daily Steals has the unlocked BlackBerry Priv smartphone for $434.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code CHEAPSKATE15 at checkout. Lowest price on the Interwebs, cheeps!

This isn't some warmed-over BlackBerry from years ago; the Priv was introduced in November, and although it didn't set the world on fire, it did fill a niche very nicely.

The big trick up its sleeve: an awesome slide-out keyboard. That superlative comes from CNET's review, which also praised the Priv's impressive performance and security-minded Android modifications. Although it scored only a middling 7.6 rating overall, I encourage you to read Sean Hollister's recent follow-up, "How I learned to stop worrying and love the BlackBerry Priv." Key takeaway: "As a standard Android phone, the Priv is remarkably competent."

Whether remarkable competence is enough of a sell for you, I can't say. I will say this is the first slider phone I've featured here, and that it sells for at least $650 most everywhere else.

This is an unlocked, AT&T-branded GSM model, one you should be able to use on any GSM network. It features an ultra-high-resolution display, 32GB of expandable storage and Android 5.1. Will it get Android 6.0? At least one sign points to yes.

Thoughts?

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