Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Interested In Buying a Pre-Released Blackberry?

Where to look for them?

Nice and easy:

1) e-bay is always a good place to find pre-releases.

2) Craigslist, believe it or not. You might be surprised what you can find in there.

3) People around the forums of every blackberry website (You never know who's really who, so pay close attention to people that make a couple of comments on the "upcoming" devices forums).

Always have this in mind: IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, ITS A SCAM.

How to Avoid Getting Scammed:

1) Always ask the seller for references (Who have you sold phones to?, and do you mind me asking them about your transaction?).

2) Ask for a picture of the phone next to a piece of paper with your "Nickname" on it.

3) Ask for pictures of the back of the phone, the front of the phone, the sides, and the camera. (This way you won't get a broken/scratched phone).

How to Make Sure You Are Getting A Fully Working Phone:

1) Ask the seller to make a video of the phone texting you, using the video camera, the camera, and the ABOUT SCREEN.

2) Ask the seller to send you a PIN MESSAGE, then reply to that PIN MESSAGE from your current phone, and finally ask the seller to take a picture of the phone you want to buy showing your PIN MESSAGE on the screen.

* I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WHATEVER HAPPENS IN YOUR TRANSACTIONS, NOBODY IS ASKING YOU TO BUY THESE PHONES, THESE ARE JUST TIPS.

If you have any questions regarding these few points, please comment on the blog, and I'll be more than happy to help you.

13 comments:

  1. If you don't mind me asking... What is the going rate for a pre-released BB?

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  2. I probably couldn't convince the wife of dropping over a grand for a pre-release device. Only if I could make some money off of it that would cover the cost of the device plus allow us to put in a new kitchen and deck. That might convince her. So I'm wondering how would one monetize the actually owning of a pre-release device?

    ~ @blueshound

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  3. Awesome info Sal, I've been hunting a 9520 but for the right price, like what you told me... No luck :(, I'll keep trying, thanks bud!

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  4. Thanks for the awesome info sal as always!

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  5. A pre release usually runs between 800 up to 2k, depending on the seller and how "hot" the phone is at the time.

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  7. there is a Pre-Released Onyx on Ebay right now for $1400 which is the starting bid,

    Copy and Paste:
    http://ow.ly/oIcU

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  8. I can always wait for the official release i will not pay for a pre-release, just to have it b4 heck no.

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  9. Just a thought: Didn't I read somewhere that pre-release PINs are blacklisted after the official launch, rendering the pre-release device unusable?

    Please educate me :)

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  10. Yanis, I'm still using my Tour, which was a pre release and it NEVER got blocked. :)

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