AT&T to sell BlackBerry Priv on installment plans or $249 with contract

The U.S. carrier will offer the Android-powered Priv for $0 down on three different Next installment plans or $249 with a two-year contract.

Don't like the idea of ponying up $699 in full for a BlackBerry Priv smartphone later this week? You've got other options, provided you subscribe to AT&T's network.

The carrier announced on Monday that it will sell the BlackBerry Priv starting this Friday with four different payment options; three of which are AT&T's Next installment plans.

For $0 down, AT&T will give you a BlackBerry Priv and the monthly payment is based on which Next plan you choose.

The Next 24 Plan is the cheapest monthly option at $24.67 and requires 30 payments. Customers opting for Next 18 will make 24 monthly payments of $30.84 while the Next 12 plan is $37 a month for 20 months. All of these plans allow for early upgrades if you trade the Priv back in.

Plan B is to sign a two-year contract with AT&T and pay $249.99 for the BlackBerry Priv.

Just remember: Friends don't let friends buy phones on contract these days because they're so inflexible. Cancelling service before the two-year plan, for example, adds an early termination fee of up to $329. And AT&T's contract customers pay more each month per line of service as well.

The Priv is BlackBerry's first handset to run Google Android, has a sliding hardware keyboard, focuses on security and offers unique software features such as the company's BlackBerry Hub software.