Would you buy a phone for $1,000 or more?

Evan Selleck
Contributing Editor from  Arizona
| Published: December 21, 2012

Call me crazy, but I think that a phone has a price ceiling. For someone like me, who spends the majority of extra funds on pieces of technology, I know that the more advanced piece of technology is usually going to come together with a higher price tag. However, “special edition” devices are always an easy way for a company, or usually a few companies, to eke out more money for a device. Limited editions are the same thing, essentially, where there’s only a “limited” amount of that one thing, so owning it makes it so much better to show off, right?

I love showing off pieces of technology, but only for its features. Whether that’s design in hardware or software, I think the features are what make a phone, or tablet, or whatever else more interesting. I’ve purchased limited or special edition things in the past, but I can honestly say that I’ve never been “thrilled” to have done it. After all, other than some minor changes here and there, I probably (usually) could have spent less money to get the same thing.

Now, as I mentioned earlier, there’s a price ceiling. I’ll only pay so much for something, and for a phone I think that ceiling is right around $500. That’s without a contract, or anything like that, obviously. Unfortunately, that means my options for buying a device off-contract are pretty slim, especially if I want something new. (I won’t wait weeks to get a new phone that I’ve bought, either.)

So, last year, when the Porsche Design P’9981 BlackBerry was unveiled, I thought that maybe, just maybe, I’d consider buying it. I’m a fan of BlackBerry OS 7, and the Bold 9930, so getting my hands on a device that uses those things, but aims to make something better, seems like a good deal. But, that didn’t last long. With a price tag around $2,000, there wasn’t any kind of a chance that I’d give buying that device serious thought.

As of the time of this writing, the original silver version of the Porsche Design P’9981 BlackBerry is priced at $1,947.15.

When I saw earlier today that there would be a new model, a black version of the original device, I couldn’t help but click the title. I had to see what it looks like. And, sure enough, it’s a very attractive looking device. I like the black version more than the silver version, for sure. And, as I read the original report by Alex, I was hoping that the price would have dropped a year later. Unfortunately, I can’t say whether or not it has, as there is no final word on what the pricing will be.

A year ago, the phone was almost $2,000 – and that pricing hasn’t changed much since then. But considering BlackBerry 10 is right around the corner (yes!), I can’t help but think that this new version of the Porsche Design P’9981 can’t cost as much as its predecessor. Then again, Research In Motion's BlackBerry 10 is right around the corner, so I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t even consider buying this new device if it were to see a significant price drop.

I doubt it will drop to $500, though. That seems pretty unrealistic. So tell me, Dear Reader. Would you consider buying the new Porsche Design P’9981 if it were priced around $1,000? Would you consider buying any phone for $1,000 or more? Let me know!

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