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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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Naj Khan your mum
Mashuk Hossain Ooh boy!too too much for a bkackberry.
Mark Belcher i phone 5 is rubbish note 2 all the way. . samsung is so coool
Arxi Kay Engraving the word Porsche at the top must've cost a lot of dosh eh, ol' chum?
Ross E. wait for it to go on sale when the new phone comes out the year after... (say it with me free)
Dale Swanson A grand is nothing! http://media.techeblog.com/images/cellphone.jpg
QM McClean Hell no!!!!!
Randy Walker Sr. Not a chance.
Humza Ahmed Over £800 for a device that can bearly stream videos... No thanks.
Dustin T. Robles I want a Samsung phone with the apple App Store
Dustin T. Robles If I was a millionaire maybe but I doubt it cus it's a blackberry
Jose Be Julme Maybe, if its made by Samsung with the best features Apple cant ever have or sue.
Jacob Grumbles Well I'm about to spend 659 plus taxes on a note 2 so who knows maybe in the future .
Mark Fisher Jr. It better guess the right lottery numbers.
Angel Hernandez No,my HTC ONE x+($580) can most definitely out preform a meaningless $1000 blackberry lol
Jody Warrick Uh...it's a blackberry...hell no.
Miguel Antonio Morales If it had a portal gun, and in fact will not blend, then possibly.
Trinity Kolarova Hoodrich n cook my TV dinner
Trinity Kolarova Hoodrich never a phone more than $250 is way to much it better have wings n fly weeeeeee
Luis Robles Figueroa I personally wouldn't but I know one of my friends paid full retail price for the IPhone 5 64GB $800.00 dollars. So it depends if you have the cash to waste.
Lanh Nguyen why did this fool just @ reply people on facebook
Mike Burr Only if I get brain damaged
Michael A. Lococo For the one tool I use all day, EVERY day? Of course! But that had better be one heck of a tool! @htcusa @nokiaus @samsungtweets
Darrien Glasser It better be a Transformer for that kind of money.
Ryck Roland Absolutely not. I'll buy a car.
Kevin Alexander Medina He'll no 650$ + tax the maximum for me
Leroy Langston If it could do literally everything a super computer can do, yes.
Joel Diaz If the phone transformed to an actual high tech porsche then yes.
Jamie Crane no way especially not a blackberry they are crap
Abram Wenevermet Dennis Hell noo.. why would anyone pay $1000 for a phone only for it 2 be outdated in a matter of weeks??
Marlin Steel Robinson HELL NAWWWWW!
Antonino Rosario Massa I'll never buy a phone for $ 1000, that's ridiculous! Phones are overpriced at about $ 600, at $ 1000 is even worser!
Joe Czo No freaking way
Daniel McCarthy After the Nexus 4, I will never pay above 500 for a phone.
Hassan Rock de Julien I don't hate BlackBerry only becuz it was my phone for the last 10 years but now lol i truly realize dat i had never had a phone, it was a piece of #$%&
Arturo Atherly The reason we're only having this conversation is because there are plenty of people that would with that being said I think it's absolutely absurd to pay 1000 dollars for that matter 500 dollars for a phone a phone everything that comes with it is only driven by American greed and blind demand these phone companies are truly expecting that if they building we will buy it what happens when we stop buying it
Dillon Brantner I'd consider it but I definitely wouldn't pay a penny for a BlackBerry.
Hassan Rock de Julien c'mon now Note II is the best and I would have pay doble the price if it was requiered and am in Haiti so here its way more expensive than Mexico
Christian Ybañez Guioguio o come on.....that phone specs is good for $150 or $180 and they retail that godforsaken phone in $2000......
Shaun Nicholson Oh and I wouldn't buy the porche phone for 200 dollars
Ming Ye That's Porsche Design for you. Overpriced as always.
Shawn Gergler Note for a grand. To much.
Shaun Nicholson If I had it to spend and it was worth it... Also if it was going to be the flagship for longer than six months
Kevin Eusebio it's already priced the same as branded HDTVs out there as it is now. it should stay at $699 price point. any manufacturer who wants to go past that line should have a serious talk with a dementor on Azkaban.
Christian Ybañez Guioguio sure why not if the specification of the phone is 5 times better than note II then why not....you get what you pay for...
Daro Cabo that is the Price of an IPhone, Samsung SIII or Lumia 900/920 in Mexico. (1 Dollar=12 mexican pesos) (IPhone 11,000 pesos, Samsung SIII 12,000 pesos, Lumia 920 10,000 pesos)
Connor Henderson Not in a million years and blackberry sucks
Amie Lee Greenway No. For that price it better wipe my ass.
Kenny Kraly Jr No as much as I don't like contracts I would never spend over $1,000 for a phone even if it is a un locked version.
Michael Hickey Sold mine on ebay a few months ago for $1080-crazy
Hassan Rock de Julien I bought my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for 999.99




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