BlackBerry Z10 price: £480 SIM free?

BlackBerry Z10 price: £480 SIM free?We have high hopes for BlackBerry 10, set for launch this Wednesday. Surely someone has to come along and ruffle some iOS/Android feathers at some point.

A few factors will be absolutely crucial in BlackBerry 10’s success, not just the OS itself, but also hardware design, big-name app support, and price. So, er, how much would you pay for a BlackBerry Z10?

A leak purportedly coming from Carphone Warehouse’s internal system thingy has been passed to Engadget, revealing the BlackBerry Z10’s SIM free price, and it ain’t cheap.

We’re told that the BLAZ10WHI (BlackBerry Z10 White) will go for a whopping… wait for it… £479.95.

To give that figure some context, it’s just £50 less than the super-expensive iPhone 5 (16GB), while the Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 would in fact be cheaper.

Hmm, we’re kinda hoping that won’t be the case, but there’s no reason to doubt that the leak is legit.

In any case, we’ll find out all the official goss on BlackBerry 10 on Wednesday. The all touch BlackBerry Z10 is tipped to be joined by a QWERTY-rockin' BlackBerry X10.

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 28, 2013 at 12:11

The 'old' 9900 is still £450 at Expansys simfree - more elsewhere. €499 on prepay at O2 Ireland etc.
On the plus-side: apps will be cheaper from now on http://news.softpedia.com/news/RIM-Changes-Price-Tiers-for-BlackBerry-World-324485.shtml
Also: it is significantly cheaper than an iPhone...
But that can change now that Apple face bankruptcy :p

Pondlife  Jan. 28, 2013 at 13:42

Not sure how significant the extra 30 quid on top would be, is the 5 the only one it could be compared to even?

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 28, 2013 at 16:10

Well, they'd better sell a lot on contract then, 'cos they ain't gonna shift many at that price SIM free. £425 for a Note 2 or £480 for an as yet untested phone and OS from a company which is in serious difficulty...hmmm, let me think which one seems like the better purchase.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 28, 2013 at 16:32

Well, they'd better sell a lot on contract then, 'cos they ain't gonna shift many at that price SIM free. £425 for a Note 2 or £480 for an as yet untested phone and OS from a company which is in serious difficulty...hmmm, let me think which one seems like the better purchase.
True.
On the other hand: the first 6 months Nokia's N9 sold better than all WP devices combined. MeeGo = untested; Nokia = in biiiiiig trouble then.
Don't forget the 80 million or so current and active BB users. How many of them decided to skip the overpriced and underimproved OS7 range?
And a fact is there are a lot of people who are bored with iOS and Android. WP? The Lumia 920 - arguably the best WP8 device - ticks in at over £600 sim-free. And BB offers a few things extra, and plenty of new services (though, granted: yet untested)...

I personally wouldn't pay full price for a sim-free X/Z10, but I wouldn't pay full price for an iPhone 5 or any of the Andro-clones, either.
On the other hand: I rather liked my 9900, and BB10 seems to add many of the things I was missing.

Too much optimism? Maybe. It took MS nearly 2 years to get from utter flop to mildly positive WP8 news-worthiness... It took Android 2 years plus to become THE thing! And they all had powerful OEMs behing them. Loads of them...

smecky01  Jan. 29, 2013 at 00:59

But the Galaxy S3 was £499 on release and the Note 2 was even dearer wasn't it? So its not like its the only manufacturer to have an overpriced phone on release. Also Carphone Warehouse's sim free handsets have never been particularly cheap, other places will have it cheaper.
The other factor is most people will buy the Blackberry on contract to get the BBM and Blackberry data. I know you can get BB sims on GiffGaff and everything, but a lot of people will still choose the contract option, which will take the handset price down considerably.

Edit: I don't actually know why i'm trying to stick up for this phone... But it looks cool and would be nice to see another big player shake things up.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 29, 2013 at 09:20

But the Galaxy S3 was £499 on release and the Note 2 was even dearer wasn't it? So its not like its the only manufacturer to have an overpriced phone on release. Also Carphone Warehouse's sim free handsets have never been particularly cheap, other places will have it cheaper.
The other factor is most people will buy the Blackberry on contract to get the BBM and Blackberry data. I know you can get BB sims on GiffGaff and everything, but a lot of people will still choose the contract option, which will take the handset price down considerably.

Edit: I don't actually know why i'm trying to stick up for this phone... But it looks cool and would be nice to see another big player shake things up.

True, but the S3 and N2 weren't running an untested OS and weren't made by a company who hasn't done anything right in years.

Pondlife  Jan. 29, 2013 at 12:39

True that their prices have come down from launch, but also true that the bb has to compete with what the prices are not what they were, and that the components should be rather cheaper..

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 29, 2013 at 12:54

But the Galaxy S3 was £499 on release and the Note 2 was even dearer wasn't it? So its not like its the only manufacturer to have an overpriced phone on release. Also Carphone Warehouse's sim free handsets have never been particularly cheap, other places will have it cheaper.
The other factor is most people will buy the Blackberry on contract to get the BBM and Blackberry data. I know you can get BB sims on GiffGaff and everything, but a lot of people will still choose the contract option, which will take the handset price down considerably.

Edit: I don't actually know why i'm trying to stick up for this phone... But it looks cool and would be nice to see another big player shake things up.

True, but the S3 and N2 weren't running an untested OS and weren't made by a company who hasn't done anything right in years.

Oh LOL, Mr Drama... EVERY NEW phone runs an untested OS. Wait, we forget a month in your calendar; we forget a few vital roads in our maps, we suddenly slurp battery like mad, and gobble your monthly data allowance in a day...
BB OS7 wasn't revolutionary, but it had fewer bugs and glitches than any iOS or Android version.
The only valid concern are re. the BIS/BES problems. RIM need to work with networks on alternatives; on fall-backs and double redundancies. BIS f*cks up - switch to default network APN until BIS is fixed. O2 Ireland do it. But in exchange it's almost impossible to use the AppWorld with an O2 Ireland BB... Those are problems. Your personal dislike for BB isn't.
It's okay. You needn't like RIM or their phones, but you can't ask your opponent to serve over the net and then take the net down before you return.

"Untested OS"??? THAT applies to EVERY network-fiddled ROM; to every new handset of ANY OS... To every software update. By your reasoning Windows Vista was better than Ubuntu 7.4 - cause hey, Windows is less "untested"....

Pondlife  Jan. 29, 2013 at 13:04

I'd agree that Vista was better too ;)

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 29, 2013 at 13:09

I'd agree that Vista was better too ;) No, it wasn't :p

Anywhoooo... Vodafone Uk sell the Z10 from January 31. No prepay (initially).
On contract "from free" http://news.softpedia.com/news/BlackBerry-Z10-Coming-to-Vodafone-UK-on-January-30-324768.shtml

Pondlife  Jan. 29, 2013 at 13:19

Was. :D

I've read elsewhere on here though that softpedia lie so I don't believe it lol (the verge link they link is more useful anyway with more price details)
From free is pretty meaningless though I see it's £47 and up they quote.
Damn well ought to be free for that..
...who do they think they are EE ;)

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 29, 2013 at 13:30

Ah, yes... Softpedia are anti-MS, anti-Vodafone and anti-RIM trolls... I forgot. ***deleting bookmark***scritchy scratchy***

Pondlife  Jan. 29, 2013 at 13:38

Mind you I see that it does still undercut the i5 by £29 as that's needed upfront on same £47/m contract..
Undercuts Note 2 too, as that's same as i5

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 29, 2013 at 13:44

How do you guys keep track of these contracts? I got a headache from deciding what rip-off prepay add-on to pick :D

Pondlife  Jan. 29, 2013 at 13:52

Keep track, nah, I just went to look to compare the price for this. About the only time I'd be on the vodafone site, reception awful here.

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