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!