Though yet to be launched in North America, BlackBerry's new smartphones
were already for sale online Friday, stirring bidding frenzies.
claimed they obtained the sleek new handsets at launch events in New
York, Toronto, Dubai, London and Johannesburg. Journalists and analysts
who attended the events were given a BlackBerry Z10, which retails for
On online auction website eBay bids soared to $3,000 for two
"very rare" white Z10 devices, according to the British seller. Another
from New York was listed at $1,775. Most of them however went for about
The Z10 devices began selling in Britain on Thursday and
will launch in Canada on February 5, but won't be available until
mid-March in the key US market.
Chief executive Thorsten Heins
said the reason for the delay in the US is "a rather lengthy" testing
process but noted some carriers are taking pre-orders. Verizon is
marketing the phone in the US for $199 with a two-year plan.
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