• Possible Blackberry Z10 shortages at launch?


    Just heard that Canadian stores are getting their Blackberry Z10 stock now ahead of the Feb 5th launch.

    I've talked to a few stores and it sounds like while they're getting a lot of stock - 7 times as many Z10's as they got iPhone 5's - It sounds like most of the units are earmarked for pre-orders. So there's a chance that the Z10 may be scarce come launch day.

    Anyone got a Z10 pre-order in or thinking of picking one up launch day?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Possible Blackberry Z10 shortages at launch? started by howard View original post
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    1. migo's Avatar
      migo -
      That's pretty nuts, but good for BlackBerry. I guess they'll have no trouble selling out initial stock at $650 off contract/$150 on contract prices, which is exactly what they need.
    1. Tendenzi's Avatar
      Tendenzi -
      Quote Originally Posted by howard View Post
      Attachment 89275So there's a chance that the Z10 may be scarce come launch day.
      I unfortunately remain skeptical, and will have to see the results.

      Anyone got a Z10 pre-order in or thinking of picking one up launch day?
      No. I can name 5 phones in line that I'd want to buy over this.

      edit: just realized this is in the BB forum, i followed the link from facebook. I don't need or want to contribute to a flamewar.
    1. crocket's Avatar
      crocket -
      Quote Originally Posted by tendenzi View Post
      I unfortunately remain skeptical, and will have to see the results.


      No. I can name 5 phones in line that I'd want to buy over this.

      edit: just realized this is in the BB forum, i followed the link from facebook. I don't need or want to contribute to a flamewar.
      So if it isn't your intention to contribute to a flame war why didn't you remove your post completely? Huh...
    1. Tendenzi's Avatar
      Tendenzi -
      Quote Originally Posted by crocket View Post
      So if it isn't your intention to contribute to a flame war why didn't you remove your post completely? Huh...
      For the same reason you could have PM'd to get the following answer? Seriously though.

      3 parts.
      One my post shouldn't be taken as trolling, but rather speculative and skeptical.

      Two, Answering a question imposed by Howard.
      I tend to believe that each forum here is for enthusiast, and stumbling upon the article wasn't out of spite, it's not like I even visit the BB forums often. It's almost always because of a link from the HoFo FB page.

      Third, did I get off topic? No? I didn't feel a need to remove it completely. If you have more personal questions directed at me in the future, you could use a private message instead of contributing to the thread to interrogate me...

      Thanks for your concern. /implied sarcastically.
    1. GoreD's Avatar
      GoreD -
      I think this phone looks awesome. If I had $650 I would be all over it, i've always wanted to return to Blackberry since my switch to the i devices. Unfortunately all i've got is $6.50 and I will be lucky if that buy's me the usb cable to charge it ...
    1. crocket's Avatar
      crocket -
      Quote Originally Posted by tendenzi View Post
      For the same reason you could have PM'd to get the following answer? Seriously though.

      3 parts.
      One my post shouldn't be taken as trolling, but rather speculative and skeptical.

      Two, Answering a question imposed by Howard.
      I tend to believe that each forum here is for enthusiast, and stumbling upon the article wasn't out of spite, it's not like I even visit the BB forums often. It's almost always because of a link from the HoFo FB page.

      Third, did I get off topic? No? I didn't feel a need to remove it completely. If you have more personal questions directed at me in the future, you could use a private message instead of contributing to the thread to interrogate me...

      Thanks for your concern. /implied sarcastically.
      If you wish to discuss this further, Please open a thread in Crocket's Corner were we can discuss this without the involvement of the Hofo Moderator Team!
    1. Giovan67's Avatar
      Giovan67 -
      Question can you pick up your pre- order before launch date of FeB 5 as it is out in London already and have received confirmation that the device is at the store
    1. DerekToronto's Avatar
      DerekToronto -
      Line-ups for this phone in London UK!

      Come on fellow Canadians! Support our own better!


      http://www.thestar.com/business/tech...m_sinking.html
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      I would like to support a Canadian company but the Z10 can not even compete with the phone i use now which is 6 months old. It has a smaller screen, dual core vs. my quad core processor, and an abysmal app store at mostly high cost apps. It weighs more even though it is shorter and narrower then my phone.
      It seems to not have gorilla glass.
      So why would i buy it?
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Quote Originally Posted by ijcy View Post
      I would like to support a Canadian company but the Z10 can not even compete with the phone i use now which is 6 months old. It has a smaller screen, dual core vs. my quad core processor, and an abysmal app store at mostly high cost apps. It weighs more even though it is shorter and narrower then my phone.
      It seems to not have gorilla glass.
      So why would i buy it?
      to be fair, my experience, the dual core processor in the z10 is faster than the Tegra 3 in the 4x. Anyways, 2 different operating systems so the processor is less important here.
      As for the screen size it's meant to make it easier to use with one hand.
      I agree about the app store, it's going to be boring for a while.
      The weight is not necessarily a bad thing. Could mean it feels more solid.
    1. i0wnj00's Avatar
      i0wnj00 -
      I am tempted to skip over to Canada for a day and pick up a Z10.
      I would like to see how the Z10 compares to my iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S III for everyday use.
      But still a tough call since I prefer physical qwerty.
    1. migo's Avatar
      migo -
      better os, security built in
      Sent from my Lumia 710 via the HowardForums WP7 App
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Quote Originally Posted by howard View Post
      to be fair, my experience, the dual core processor in the z10 is faster than the Tegra 3 in the 4x. Anyways, 2 different operating systems so the processor is less important here.
      As for the screen size it's meant to make it easier to use with one hand.
      I agree about the app store, it's going to be boring for a while.
      The weight is not necessarily a bad thing. Could mean it feels more solid.
      The 4x is as fast as the galaxy S3 in Quadrant and in my personal experience from using both, So you are saying the Z10 is faster then the S3?
      regarding the screen size that is a personal preference but for me 4.3" screens are to small already, the smallest screen "i can live with" are 4.5" so 4.2 would just be to small. I didn't hold the Z10 but can say that even though the S3 and 4X weigh the same the 4X feels more solid, so i would think it would be more construction of the device and not it's weight. I also guess i am hooked on Android so i am not sure i am willing to switch OS's yet.
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Quote Originally Posted by i0wnj00 View Post
      I am tempted to skip over to Canada for a day and pick up a Z10.
      I would like to see how the Z10 compares to my iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S III for everyday use.
      But still a tough call since I prefer physical qwerty.
      umm you have an iPhone 4S and a Samsung Galaxy S III yet you prefer a physical qwerty?
    1. millergd's Avatar
      millergd -
      A quick check of Z10 prices on eBay (where they can already be had in the UK) shows several auctions bidding north of $1,625 for the privilege of being one of the first to have a Z10.
    1. turbogeek's Avatar
      turbogeek -
      I'm doubting shortages, or at least not for very long. The US carriers' delays have probably left Blackberry with more production capacity than planned to crank out the Canadian/UK carrier versions. IMO Z10 looks good (hardware & software), and with built-in security from a company with solid security experience and reputation. If my phone budget wasn't ≤ $400 this time around I very likely would've gotten one.
    1. jlsb's Avatar
      jlsb -
      I ordered one and got a txt that it's in stock and a phone call from the store to pick it up on Feb 5. Apparently they won't release it before then.

      Anyone want to buy it from me for $999?
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Seems some retailer's Z10 allocations are now sold out due to pre-orders...

      Who is upgrading from a dumb phone?
      Who is going back to Blackberry?
      Who is upgrading from a Blackberry?
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Apparently Futureshop isn't doing pre-orders (at least the one I talked to). So on Feb 5th it's first-come, first-served on any carrier, upgrade or new activation.

      So, who's lining up at Futureshop?

      Edit - the one I talked to has very few units so make sure you're first!

      Edit2 - stores may be getting more stock, the 5th is still a few days off so no need to panic yet.
    1. scaredpoet's Avatar
      scaredpoet -
      Quote Originally Posted by migo View Post
      better os,
      Not proven yet.

      security built in
      To summarize my past arguments about Blackberry security:

      1. Blackberry's "built in security" was a valid argument in 2007 and prior, when other smartphones of the time had squat for security measures. It's not so much today. With other mobile OS platforms supporting AES, SSL/TLS, Exchange ActiveSync encryption, S/MIME, IPSec and OpenVPN, they can easily match the security protocols that Blackberry has baked in to their infrastructure, without the added costs of maintaining BES servers.

      To say these other standards don't match up to Blackberry's security levels is to basically say the moment you or any of your contacts access the same resources on a desktop, you've made your e-mail and private communications insecure, since desktops rely on those same technologies for secure communications. In which case: why even bother?

      2. For BIS, security is pretty much out the window, specifically considering that Blackberry is readily offering various countries backdoors into the vaunted "secure" infrastructure. And for BB10, BIS is pretty much nonexistent anyway.

      3. With that "security" comes a price: if there's an outage on Blackberry infrastructure, the effects are near-total lack of data access. Blackberry's strongest feature is also its weakest link.

      Don't get me wrong: I actually think the Z10 and BB10 are steps in the right direction for Blackberry, and will make them respectable contenders. If I were still a die hard Blackberry user as I was back in early 2007, I'd upgrade to this. But the fact remains that the "security" argument is no longer valid. Security just isn't a Blackberry exclusive anymore.


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      Am I the only one who sees the irony in this?