New BlackBerry Z10 Unlocked Selling For $3,000 Or More On eBay

By Alexandra Burlacu email: a.burlacu@mobilenapps.com | Feb 04, 2013 01:54 PM EST

Share This Story

  • Print
  • Email

BlackBerry launched its new BB10 operating system this week and the event attendees received brand new Z10 phones running on the new platform.

BlackBerry, formerly known as Research in Motion (RIM), gave away hundreds of Z10 phones to journalists, analysts, and others in the tech industry. The handset is not set to hit the market for another month and a half, but within hours of the BB10 unveiling, eBay had a bunch of BlackBerry Z10s ready for sale.

Follow us

Considering that the phones are not yet out, it doesn't take mad detective skills to figure out where the unlocked smartphones came from. Some of those who attended the BlackBerry 10 launch likely appreciated their gift so much that they decided to share the joy. For a price, of course. In some cases, bids for a Z10 went up to a whopping $3,000 or more.

The new BlackBerry Z10 will launch in the U.S. sometime in mid-March, and will sport a $150 - $200 price tag, depending on the carrier. That's nowhere near the outrageous bids showing up on eBay, but it seems that some people are willing to pay (far) more to get the device ahead of launch. Phones on eBay typically come unlocked, i.e. they don't require a carrier contract. When the device officially goes on sale in the U.S., the unlocked version is expected to sport a $599 price tag.

The high bids the Z10 has attracted on eBay is a notable sign of early demand for the device in the U.S., where it takes longer to arrive. BlackBerry has already made the Z10 available to UK consumers through Vodafone Group Plc and other carriers, and the phone is also set to go on sale in Canada on Feb. 5 and in the UAE on Feb. 10.

In the U.S., BlackBerry's latest smartphone faces a lengthier carrier-testing process. The U.S. is BlackBerry's biggest single market, but delaying a product that was already so late seems to spark mixed reactions. While some consumers got tired of waiting and decided to go for another option, others are apparently willing to pay thousands of dollars to finally get the long-awaited Z10. 

Get the Most Popular Mobile&Apps Stories in a Weekly Newsletter

© 2014 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Featured Video : Intel Pocket Avatars

Join Our Conversation

Smartphones
Microsoft Miracast dongle leaked with Surface brandingMicrosoft planning Miracast dongle to rival Google’s Chromecast, FCC documents reveal
iPhone 6 revealed by China Telecom ahead of official unveiling
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera specs & features detailed, include Side Touch and four selfie modes
Apple to launch 128GB iPhone, ditch 32GB model?
Tablet / Laptop / PC
Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8Dell unveils Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablets
Retina iPad Mini facing delays, may not launch until early next year
Refurbished 128GB iPad with Retina Display now available on the Apple Online Store
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition: Pricing and availability now official
Gadgets
Amazon LogoAmazon reportedly to launch ‘Firetube’ set-top box before 2013 holidays
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear India launch: Pricing and availability
Samsung Galaxy Gear Android smartwatch now up for pre-order in Canada
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 reportedly in the works already, may debut at CES or MWC 2014
OS / Software
HTC LogoHTC reportedly considering Android/Windows Phone dual-booting smartphone as Microsoft pushes for deeper Windows mobile integration
iOS 7 Chrome Incognito mode leaks private searches due to bug
Sprint HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean already rolling out, AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon to follow
Microsoft Windows 8.1 now available for pre-order
Internet / Social Media
Google DowntimeGoogle blacks out for two minutes, causes 40 percent drop in world’s Internet traffic
Xbox Music web player is live and ready for Xbox Music Pass subscribers
Facebook Android app collected phone numbers even if users never logged in
Firefox 22 brings support for web video calls, 3D gaming, and Unreal Engine 3
What's App
Vine update brings new camera experienceVine gets major update, lets you upload previously-shot videos & more (VIDEO)
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) finally hits Windows Phone – Available as a free download now
Instagram releases Bolt ephemeral messaging app in select markets to challenge Snapchat
PayPal for iOS update brings loyalty card support, other features and enhancements
Copyright © 2014 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. mobilenapps
Real Time Analytics