Ever since the BlackBerry Z10 release date stepped out of the realms of fiction, something rather odd has been happening in the UK.
Right off the bat we were told by one BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins that the Z10 had been a blistering success and sold out across the nation – something that got many of us quite excited. Sadly, this was immediately followed by a series of responses from UK BlackBerry 10 retailers who claimed to have “loads” of the things left and didn’t have a clue where Heins was getting his information from.
And as for right now, two of the biggest retailers in the UK – Phones4u and Carphone Warehouse – are behaving similarly strangely in the early days of the BlackBerry Z10. Not only have both retailers abolished online sales of the sim-free version of the Z10, but they are apparently only offering unlocked versions in-store if their inventories suit.
Even more alarmingly still, Carphone Warehouse has bumped up the price of the BlackBerry Z10 from £479 to £529, while Phones4u has also added on a premium now charging £549 instead of £479.
Say what you want about value for money, but it is pretty much unheard of for an official Smartphone retailer to increase the sim-free cost of a device at such a time after its launch.
Of course, all this probably comes by the by to those waiting patiently in the US as we’re still to find out exactly when our own BlackBerry Z10 release date will eventually come about. It’s recently been uttered that the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 could potentially share the very same release date in the US and thus to some extent justify the wait, but in the meantime it is still pretty frustrating to have no calendar date to count down to for a device that in other parts of the word is fast becoming yesterday’s news.