“Will you buy the Rogers BlackBerry Bold?” (Weekly Contest)

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Questioning Rogers Pricing of the BlackBerry Bold

So the news has finally broken on Rogers’ pricing for the BlackBerry Bold, due out next week on the 19th: $399 on a three year plan. I’d like to say it’s a surprise, but honestly at this point, we should be expecting this from Big Red, right? Andy Brown of Strategy Analytics already told us that enterprises won’t be taking the Bold, except as perhaps executive candy. And after the dirt-cheap Pearl and the mid-ranged iPhone 3G, Rogers has a gap in their “high-end prestige” demographic, which the Bold fills nicely.

The question then becomes: what do the rest of us do? Are we really willing to shell out $400 on a three year contract for the BlackBerry Bold? Has the wait been so unbearable that we’re willing to do anything for BlackBerry goodness at this point? Or do we have the guts to hold out until Christmas, hoping they drop the price a little? Maybe we should follow the advice of reader Jack Frost:

The trick is for people to complain and hold-out on buying the Bold. If demand is low, then they will lower their prices. Soon it will be cheaper to get a plan in the USA and pay roaming in Canada rather than sign a 3 year deal with Rogers.

Post a comment and let us know if you’re still planning to buy the BlackBerry Bold or if $50 for the Pearl 8220 sounds a lot more enticing. The person with the best comment will win THREE FREE GAMES FROM MAGMIC.

  • Geoff

    I’ve had 5 different berry’s… I’m an addict, but the pricing on this is sending me towards the iphone.

    ROGERS OFFICALLY SUCKS ASS.

    GREEDY @#$@$@#$@

  • Geoff

    I’ve had 5 different berry’s… I’m an addict, but the pricing on this is sending me towards the iphone.

    ROGERS OFFICALLY SUCKS ASS.

    GREEDY @#$@$@#$@

  • old bluetooth

    I am fine with my Curve, too bad they didn’t load it with 3g and WiFi to begin with, then the 3g iPhone would have not mattered as much. As far as cost goes, they have to be kidding if they think the consumer market will pay those prices. The enterprise groups might, but why as a consumer would you pay for the Bold, when you could have a consumer delight iPhone? really marketed to different segments. RIM seems to be going back to their roots, the enterprise area, and letting Apple have the consumer area.

  • old bluetooth

    I am fine with my Curve, too bad they didn’t load it with 3g and WiFi to begin with, then the 3g iPhone would have not mattered as much. As far as cost goes, they have to be kidding if they think the consumer market will pay those prices. The enterprise groups might, but why as a consumer would you pay for the Bold, when you could have a consumer delight iPhone? really marketed to different segments. RIM seems to be going back to their roots, the enterprise area, and letting Apple have the consumer area.

  • Futurdreamz

    Might as well buy the Bold with a shorter contract and then bring it to T-Mobile, or another one of the new carriers coming to Canada, immediately.

  • Futurdreamz

    Might as well buy the Bold with a shorter contract and then bring it to T-Mobile, or another one of the new carriers coming to Canada, immediately.

  • conor

    I am stilllgonna buy it before the new school year, but those greedy rogers guys are gonna get angry when people don’t buy it because of the price. If you want the best phone out there, then it will be worth the money. Right now I have an iPhone 3G and I hate it, so I will be buying this one.

  • conor

    I am stilllgonna buy it before the new school year, but those greedy rogers guys are gonna get angry when people don’t buy it because of the price. If you want the best phone out there, then it will be worth the money. Right now I have an iPhone 3G and I hate it, so I will be buying this one.

  • http://www.videos4blackberry.info/ Bla1ze

    @Shaun Rotman

    “The only thing I can think of is their replacement program. No one seems to ever talk about that. With Rogers you can call in UP TO A YEAR (and in some cases even longer than that) after getting your BB and they’ll replace it if need be at no cost to you!”

    How is this a BENEFIT of Rogers?, it’s a manufacturers warranty which is STANDARD…across the board, I don’t know of any manufacturer who doesn’t offer that.

    For that matter you can even call RIM and take advantage of it, granted it’s faster through your carrier but 1-866-BLK-BERRY will honour that as well.

  • http://www.videos4blackberry.info Bla1ze

    @Shaun Rotman

    “The only thing I can think of is their replacement program. No one seems to ever talk about that. With Rogers you can call in UP TO A YEAR (and in some cases even longer than that) after getting your BB and they’ll replace it if need be at no cost to you!”

    How is this a BENEFIT of Rogers?, it’s a manufacturers warranty which is STANDARD…across the board, I don’t know of any manufacturer who doesn’t offer that.

    For that matter you can even call RIM and take advantage of it, granted it’s faster through your carrier but 1-866-BLK-BERRY will honour that as well.

  • http://www.videos4blackberry.info/ Bla1ze

    Err..1-866-BLK-BERR..lol, one too many #’s there..

  • http://www.videos4blackberry.info Bla1ze

    Err..1-866-BLK-BERR..lol, one too many #’s there..

  • old bluetooth

    RIM you are making the people at Apple very happy. Your very poor release of the Bold is more of a laughing stock than their mobile me, and a 3g iPhone that doesn’t work properly.Maybe you should come out and actually say something instead of all of these incompetents on these blogs.Real instead of rumor.Hello is anyone home up there or are you playing with your moose?I work for a multi-billion dollar corporation and they muff things too, but at least they put out the truth, or at least the truth as they see it.

  • old bluetooth

    RIM you are making the people at Apple very happy. Your very poor release of the Bold is more of a laughing stock than their mobile me, and a 3g iPhone that doesn’t work properly.Maybe you should come out and actually say something instead of all of these incompetents on these blogs.Real instead of rumor.Hello is anyone home up there or are you playing with your moose?I work for a multi-billion dollar corporation and they muff things too, but at least they put out the truth, or at least the truth as they see it.

  • iphone bound

    Have they not heard our cries? Do they not understand that Canadians are getting sick of their corporate price gouging? I have been comparing the iphone and bberry bold for about two months now and is the bold really worth 200 dollars more. Now what to do? Wait till the price drops? Well if you do wait, you won’t be able to take advantage of the special promotion that will soon expire. Let’s be honest, the big red doesn’t listen to it’s consumers because if they did, they wouldn’t have sent me another blackberry after I put mine in the wash. Yep, you heard me correctly I called rogers about 15 times and must have spent hours on the phone with them. After being a gov’t corporate acct holder(apparently the highest esteem in their eyes and I kept being told that even though no one cld help me), they would places orders for phones only to have them, dissappear. Then when I would call to verify, they told me I was ineligible because I was gov’t corporate and the program was only for corporate but then they would remind me that my class was so high. I was bewildered by that but then came to the realization that credit class f probably stood for the four letter word that starts with f and throw an ed at the end for arguments sake. So finally after calling about 15 times and telling them I put my phone in the wash, a company rep suggested calling “the red” and suggesting that my bberry just stopped working (and yes I am aware of the dye run that happens when you water log your bberry). Sure enough it worked! Like new bberry in the mail in approx. 3 days. Thanks “r” for not listening to me and thanks for not logging your customer’s complaints! You figure by now that carriers would start logging their customer’s problems so at least if you were to get disconnected or check up on an order, they would have some reference material.
    400 bucks for a bold? After your paying customers shell out upwards of 60 bucks a month (lest we forget the mystery system access fee)to use the device. Not worth it in my opinion! albeit what does my opinion matter; I’m just the guy who put’s it in the wash lol!

  • iphone bound

    Have they not heard our cries? Do they not understand that Canadians are getting sick of their corporate price gouging? I have been comparing the iphone and bberry bold for about two months now and is the bold really worth 200 dollars more. Now what to do? Wait till the price drops? Well if you do wait, you won’t be able to take advantage of the special promotion that will soon expire. Let’s be honest, the big red doesn’t listen to it’s consumers because if they did, they wouldn’t have sent me another blackberry after I put mine in the wash. Yep, you heard me correctly I called rogers about 15 times and must have spent hours on the phone with them. After being a gov’t corporate acct holder(apparently the highest esteem in their eyes and I kept being told that even though no one cld help me), they would places orders for phones only to have them, dissappear. Then when I would call to verify, they told me I was ineligible because I was gov’t corporate and the program was only for corporate but then they would remind me that my class was so high. I was bewildered by that but then came to the realization that credit class f probably stood for the four letter word that starts with f and throw an ed at the end for arguments sake. So finally after calling about 15 times and telling them I put my phone in the wash, a company rep suggested calling “the red” and suggesting that my bberry just stopped working (and yes I am aware of the dye run that happens when you water log your bberry). Sure enough it worked! Like new bberry in the mail in approx. 3 days. Thanks “r” for not listening to me and thanks for not logging your customer’s complaints! You figure by now that carriers would start logging their customer’s problems so at least if you were to get disconnected or check up on an order, they would have some reference material.
    400 bucks for a bold? After your paying customers shell out upwards of 60 bucks a month (lest we forget the mystery system access fee)to use the device. Not worth it in my opinion! albeit what does my opinion matter; I’m just the guy who put’s it in the wash lol!

  • Kevin

    iPhone- that is UnCanadian- buy something your neighbours build!! Anyway, I would never give up a full keyboard for a full touch device- I can’t imagine the email interface working that well, and since I send over 100 emails per day, that means everything.

    O’Canada, RIM’s native land! (c’mon everybody, sing!)

    I am in the middle of migrating from my 8820 to the BOLD right now. The USB loading speed seems much quicker than the 8820.

    So far so good- I am loving the look and the crisp screen!

    Kevin

  • Kevin

    iPhone- that is UnCanadian- buy something your neighbours build!! Anyway, I would never give up a full keyboard for a full touch device- I can’t imagine the email interface working that well, and since I send over 100 emails per day, that means everything.

    O’Canada, RIM’s native land! (c’mon everybody, sing!)

    I am in the middle of migrating from my 8820 to the BOLD right now. The USB loading speed seems much quicker than the 8820.

    So far so good- I am loving the look and the crisp screen!

    Kevin

  • iphone bound

    silly! Nothing is Canadian anymore! lol Seriously, people talk about buy Canadian. Canadian businesses need to understand that in order to play with the global big boys, they need to be more competitive. I am sick and tired of people saying buy Canadian when that is all that Canadian businesses are using to selling their products. Buy Canadian, we’ll charge you more, less selection. Frankly, blackberry knowing that they would pretty much be in direct competition with the iphone 3g, comes out with this half a$$ed product launch and charges $200 more in price? If RIM wants 4 percent market share, they better start acting like it!

  • iphone bound

    silly! Nothing is Canadian anymore! lol Seriously, people talk about buy Canadian. Canadian businesses need to understand that in order to play with the global big boys, they need to be more competitive. I am sick and tired of people saying buy Canadian when that is all that Canadian businesses are using to selling their products. Buy Canadian, we’ll charge you more, less selection. Frankly, blackberry knowing that they would pretty much be in direct competition with the iphone 3g, comes out with this half a$$ed product launch and charges $200 more in price? If RIM wants 4 percent market share, they better start acting like it!

  • http://www.tedesco.ca/ Tony GotBold

    A little late for a comment, since this story published how long ago? But I had to say my piece. Rogers knows how to play the game. I must have made several calls to Rogers on release day, which started with “no bold available yet” to “$649 + can’t keep cheap voiceplan + no promo data plan” and after some serious haggling and being transferred several times – paying $399 for the phone while extending my current contract to 3 years and getting the 6gb/$30 dataplan – suddenly seemed like a steal.

    Now if only Rogers had used someone other than UPS to send it, I would actually have it in my hands… instead I am at the mercy of some delivery contractor, who apparently has had several excuses as to why he couldn’t delivery my package this week. But that is another story.

  • http://www.tedesco.ca Tony GotBold

    A little late for a comment, since this story published how long ago? But I had to say my piece. Rogers knows how to play the game. I must have made several calls to Rogers on release day, which started with “no bold available yet” to “$649 + can’t keep cheap voiceplan + no promo data plan” and after some serious haggling and being transferred several times – paying $399 for the phone while extending my current contract to 3 years and getting the 6gb/$30 dataplan – suddenly seemed like a steal.

    Now if only Rogers had used someone other than UPS to send it, I would actually have it in my hands… instead I am at the mercy of some delivery contractor, who apparently has had several excuses as to why he couldn’t delivery my package this week. But that is another story.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/2008/08/will-you-buy-the-rogers-blackberry-bold-weekly-contest/ Bubba – BOLD

    Well purchase a new Bold as of Sept 30, and then as of Oct 1, price drop — look at the data plans. they are giving less, 5 gig for 75.00 — should have left as it was for 6 gig for 30.00 bucks…. I have been with Rogers for 20 yrs, will just have to fight with them on getting my 100.00 back

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/2008/08/will-you-buy-the-rogers-blackberry-bold-weekly-contest/ Bubba – BOLD

    Well purchase a new Bold as of Sept 30, and then as of Oct 1, price drop — look at the data plans. they are giving less, 5 gig for 75.00 — should have left as it was for 6 gig for 30.00 bucks…. I have been with Rogers for 20 yrs, will just have to fight with them on getting my 100.00 back

  • Michelle

    I would really like to get the new balckberry bold 9700 but I am still on a contract and do not wish to renew afterwards as to buy a new phone right from the store would cost me $700… I also find the contract price a little over priced.. where right now you can get the iphone 3Gs for 299.00 on a contract and was told that this phone does so much more.. I am also looking into to that one too where I might switch to an iphone.. As my blackberry curve 8320 doesn't have a big enough memory.

  • Michelle

    I would really like to get the new balckberry bold 9700 but I am still on a contract and do not wish to renew afterwards as to buy a new phone right from the store would cost me $700… I also find the contract price a little over priced.. where right now you can get the iphone 3Gs for 299.00 on a contract and was told that this phone does so much more.. I am also looking into to that one too where I might switch to an iphone.. As my blackberry curve 8320 doesn't have a big enough memory.

  • Michelle

    I would really like to get the new balckberry bold 9700 but I am still on a contract and do not wish to renew afterwards as to buy a new phone right from the store would cost me $700… I also find the contract price a little over priced.. where right now you can get the iphone 3Gs for 299.00 on a contract and was told that this phone does so much more.. I am also looking into to that one too where I might switch to an iphone.. As my blackberry curve 8320 doesn't have a big enough memory.