Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I'm stuck in a contract, but want BlackBerry 10!

With #BB10 right around the corner there is a lot of buzz happening right now for #TeamBlackBerry. Twitter is on fire with posts from Bloggers, analysts and fans alike. All proclaiming how wonderful BlackBerry 10 will be. While we have no doubt it will be great, #TeamBlackBerry has been waiting a long LONG time. Most of us hard core fans knew it was coming and saved out contract renewal for the launch of #BB10. (right?)

But what about those people who didn't know BlackBerry 10 was coming? Or those that got fed up and left #TeamBlackBerry? They have more than likely signed a new contract and are now locked in for another year or two. Even worse, what if you're a techno geek and strayed away temporarily but want to come back now that BlackBerry 10 is here. We'll we did some snooping around on Kijiji to see what some of the newer, more popular devices were selling for. Here's what we found:

Samsung Galaxy III seems to sell around $500
Samsung Note II seems to sell around $600
iPhone 4 is approximately  $250
iPhone 4s is approximately  $400
iPhone 5 is approximately $600

So where does that leave the BlackBerry die hards? Well the new #BB10 devices will likely come out at around the $700-800 (without any carrier subsidies). That will leave you with a few hundred dollars to pay if you choose to upgrade. This means purchasing an unlocked device from a retail outlet (unless RIM plans to sell them outright on the BlackBerry site.) Keep in mind also that you may be able to "influence" your carrier to help you switch back to BlackBerry. Sometimes it takes some effort (i.e. complaining), but I've seen miraculous things happen when you push a bit :-D

So in the end it will come down to your own personal situation. You may be 2 years in to your 3 year contract and a small payment may allow you to upgrade again. Just as every contract is slightly different, so is every carrier. Call 611 and see what they have to say!

#TeamBlackBerry would love to have you back!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

BlackBerry Elite and BB10 Launching!

Hello #TeamBlackBerry!!!

It's been a while since my last post and thought I'd mention some new stuff that's going on.

I was given the privilege and honour of being asked to join a group of people that RIM is referring to as the BlackBerry Elite.  These people are the hardest of the hard core fan(atics) like me.  While details of what this group will get or be invited to are still secretive, I was asked to head out to Waterloo to get a first hand glimpse of BB10!  Myself and about 20 others were brought to RIM and met with lots of VERY cool and VERY excited people.  We spent the day talking about BB10 and apps and anything else BlackBerry related.  Imagine... a whole day!  One thing we all came away with from this day is that RIM has changed.  There is a new sense of excitement and feeling of pride.  This isn't the RIM of old.  They WANT IT! They BELIEVE IT!  It's a very exciting time for all of #TeamBlackBerry.

Part of our day involved Thorsten Heinz actually coming in and speaking with us!  He spent about 45 minutes with us and we all got to take a picture with him! (He loved my shirt!)

After spending a day at RIM a few of us were asked to offer our thoughts on BlackBerry 10.  Little did we know we would end up in a video posted on the BlackBerry Blog site!

With the launch of BlackBerry 10 just around the corner, I'm super excited to be attending the launch party in Toronto!  Once BlackBerry 10 is released expect some new how-to articles!

2013 is the year of RIM!!! #BB10Believe