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!

1 comment:

  1. BlackBerry 10 is definitely an amazing phone. I recently got it and I love it. It has such amazing features and BlackBerry did an amazing job with it.