Verizon Confirms BlackBerry Outage
Verizon Wireless today posted a confirmation via its official Twitter account about a nationwide BlackBerry BIS service outage. Phone Scoop was also able to independently confirm that BIS services are down. The outage affects all BIS users across all networks (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, et al.), which means BlackBerry users will be unable to send/receive email. According to Verizon, the problem should be fixed by Noon eastern time, though it persisted to be offline at the time of this posting.
Verizon Says Its Pixel Will Receive System Updates At the Same Time as Other Pixels
Verizon Wireless will not stymie system updates for the Google Pixel phones, according to Ars Technica. Earlier this month, Google said Verizon would be responsible for pushing system updates to its variants of the Pixel and Pixel XL.
Verizon Settles with FCC Over 911 Outage
The FCC today said Verizon has settled with the agency over an outage that affected 911 operations last year. In April 2014, 750,000 Verizon Wireless customers in nine California counties were unable to reach 911 for a period lasting 6 hours.
BlackBerry Shows Off the Priv
BlackBerry today posted some official images of the forthcoming Priv smartphone. The Priv is a vertical slider that runs Android.
Sprint Reneges On the BlackBerry Priv
Sprint appears to have had second thoughts about selling the BlackBerry Priv smartphone. In January, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the device — initially an AT&T exclusive — would reach Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless.
It was down as early as last week
Nice job BB.