eBay pre-release BlackBerry devices are a waste of money

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Here at BlackBerry Cool, we have had our share of pre-release BlackBerry devices in the office. While it’s fun to play with the device and get an idea of the form factor, the software hasn’t been through the requisite testing and is usually very buggy. The OS is generally outdated and overall, it’s a very limited version of what you will get when the device comes to market.

A company on eBay is currently offering two pre-release BlackBerry devices: the BlackBerry Storm 2 and the BlackBerry Bold 9700 (listed as the BlackBerry Onyx).

The above image is a screencap of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 listing and it shows just how ridiculous this listing is. The image shows the 9700 with a trackball. We know the device will be shipping with a trackpad and if you were to purchase this device you would be seriously missing out. Currently, the item’s highest bid is at US $1,625.00.

The BlackBerry Storm 2 is currently bidding at US $1,125.00 and it’s looking like it might be a scam. While the seller has a great seller’s rating, the item uses a picture from Engadget. The only other image attached to the auction looks like a mess of wires. If the user was serious about this sale, you would think they would take the time to post a proper picture as in the case of the 9700 listing. Again, with this purchase you are going to miss out on what could be a great device. A touchscreen BlackBerry such as the Storm 2 will have to go through an incredibly rigorous testing period as the accelerometer and new UI adds more levels of complexity. Buying this device before it’s ready for market will be a complete waste of your hard earned money.

I’m not even going to link to the eBay auction out of principle.

  • Ted

    I like the low low Buy it Now price of only US$18,000. LMAO!

  • Ted

    I like the low low Buy it Now price of only US$18,000. LMAO!

  • Ted

    I like the low low Buy it Now price of only US$18,000. LMAO!

  • ed

    If we go by the storm one’s history, you might not be missing any buggy goodness at all. Bid away!

  • ed

    If we go by the storm one’s history, you might not be missing any buggy goodness at all. Bid away!

  • http://twitter.com/BlackBerryCool/statuses/3586659479 BlackBerryCool (BlackBerry Coo

    eBay pre-release BlackBerry devices are a waste of money http://bit.ly/npCP5

  • http://twitter.com/BlackBerryCool/statuses/3586659479 BlackBerryCool (BlackBerry Coo

    eBay pre-release BlackBerry devices are a waste of money http://bit.ly/npCP5

  • http://twitter.com/BlackBerryCool/statuses/3586659479 BlackBerryCool (BlackBerry Coo

    eBay pre-release BlackBerry devices are a waste of money http://bit.ly/npCP5

  • http://twitter.com/melissadianep/statuses/3586711366 melissadianep (melissa plumlee

    RT @BlackBerryCool: eBay pre-release BlackBerry devices are a waste of money http://bit.ly/npCP5

  • http://twitter.com/TreyDaPrince/statuses/3587524544 TreyDaPrince (Trey)

    RT @BlackBerryCool: eBay pre-release BlackBerry devices are a waste of money http://bit.ly/npCP5 —true indeed.

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    RT @BlackBerryCool eBay pre-release BlackBerry devices are a waste of money http://bit.ly/npCP5

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  • Franky

    You can upgrade the software, so a buggy OS is not a long-term downside. The pre-release hardware is what would come back at you.

  • Franky

    You can upgrade the software, so a buggy OS is not a long-term downside. The pre-release hardware is what would come back at you.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Kyle

    @Franky – True, you can upgrade the OS, but I don’t think you can upgrade a Storm 2 with a Storm 1 OS. I’m pretty sure they’re different builds for different devices. I could be wrong about that though.

    That being said, you would just have to wait until the device launches and carriers start offering OS updates.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com Kyle

    @Franky – True, you can upgrade the OS, but I don’t think you can upgrade a Storm 2 with a Storm 1 OS. I’m pretty sure they’re different builds for different devices. I could be wrong about that though.

    That being said, you would just have to wait until the device launches and carriers start offering OS updates.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Kyle

    @ed – I really can’t agree with you. If you go by the Storm one’s history, then you DEFINITELY shouldn’t buy a pre-release device. The Storm was a sluggish device until OS updates came out 6 months later that made the experience smoother.

    Again, just have some patience. The Storm 2 is coming in November.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com Kyle

    @ed – I really can’t agree with you. If you go by the Storm one’s history, then you DEFINITELY shouldn’t buy a pre-release device. The Storm was a sluggish device until OS updates came out 6 months later that made the experience smoother.

    Again, just have some patience. The Storm 2 is coming in November.

  • John R

    @Kyle there is nothing wrong with the Storm 1…

  • John R

    @Kyle there is nothing wrong with the Storm 1…