BlackBerry KEYone BLACK (4GB RAM model) £382.06 @ GearBest
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BlackBerry KEYone BLACK (4GB RAM model) £382.06 @ GearBest

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Found 4th Nov
I've not seen this phone at this price before - the lower 'standard' model (3GB RAM) I've seen here down to just shy of £400. The standard model has silver edges.
This does appear to be a parallel import so I don't know how you'd go for warranty, etc. - I've no opinion on whether buying this way is safe or not, I just posted as it seemed a relatively good price for this handset.

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From China No warranty , no feasible way of returning , import duties +VAT . Who in their right mind would consider buying from a Chinese seller ?

£399.99 from Amazon yesterday. This is a good price but can't vote hot due to the seller and the lack of warranty.

Blackberry!!!!!! Who ?

Excellent phone, but not for everybody. Really good review over here:

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seabs40 m ago

£399.99 from Amazon yesterday. This is a good price but can't vote hot due …£399.99 from Amazon yesterday. This is a good price but can't vote hot due to the seller and the lack of warranty.


Just curious - was that the black or the regular version?

come from touch keyboard is there any advantage of this?
i really wouldnt mind a keyboard if it meant faster typing

davocc12 m ago

Just curious - was that the black or the regular version?

Original 32gb silver version.

rogparki1 h, 9 m ago

From China No warranty , no feasible way of returning , import …From China No warranty , no feasible way of returning , import duties +VAT . Who in their right mind would consider buying from a Chinese seller ?



I've bought a few things from eGlobal Central. They give full warranties and cover the return postage if anything does go wrong. They also guarantee no import vat charges (electronic goods are exempt from import duty), and I have never been hit with any charges. Delivery times are also very fast, under a week is the norm.

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wakkaday13 m ago

come from touch keyboard is there any advantage of this?i really wouldnt …come from touch keyboard is there any advantage of this?i really wouldnt mind a keyboard if it meant faster typing


it is a personal preference thing for many however I have been told that in areas that require situational awareness an experienced operator can home their fingers and then rely on muscle memory while keeping an eye on their surroundings.

mickrick24 m ago

I've bought a few things from eGlobal Central. They give full warranties …I've bought a few things from eGlobal Central. They give full warranties and cover the return postage if anything does go wrong. They also guarantee no import vat charges (electronic goods are exempt from import duty), and I have never been hit with any charges. Delivery times are also very fast, under a week is the norm.



If that's your belief or experience ,then well done you . Its not what I read on here on a daily basis - or on revue sites . Even the supporters of buying from China to save 10% to 20% admit its a risk ,but one they can "afford to take" - each to his own I guess, but less experienced buyers should look beyond the price saving and decide whether they can afford to lose the lot when it all goes pear shaped .

Blackberry phones were dead about 2 years ago. To pay nearly £400 for one in 2017 is stupid.

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jonathangarner20141 h, 10 m ago

Blackberry phones were dead about 2 years ago. To pay nearly £400 for one …Blackberry phones were dead about 2 years ago. To pay nearly £400 for one in 2017 is stupid.


This isn't quite the same as what you're expecting, it's not an old style Blackberry nor is it evolved from one (no longer running their proprietary OS).
It's made by TCL now - I was happy to hear this as BB weren't building things well. It's a proper Android phone with high frequency (low lead time) OS updates for patching, etc. and also has some of their security software onboard (some researchers equate many modern releases of Android as being about as secure as Windows 98SE was when it was a current release). They've done a rather good job of balancing battery size, usage (only a moderately powerful processor, restraint in screen size, etc.) and the long term usage reviews are quite good, a few reviewers are using it as their daily carry now.
It would mainly appeal for keyboard users and security aspects; that's one aspect that endears it to corporate buyers. AFAIK the 4gig memory bump (up from 3gig) improves responsiveness at the edges of usage when you have a lot open, it's an appreciable difference from those who have reviewed it.
Were I in the market for a new phone - this would be a my go-to choice (even though I had a lot of trouble with my Q10). That this isn't built by BB themselves - that's a bonus for me.

wakkaday2 h, 52 m ago

come from touch keyboard is there any advantage of this?i really wouldnt …come from touch keyboard is there any advantage of this?i really wouldnt mind a keyboard if it meant faster typing

It's definitely slower unless you are a hardcore BB fanatic. Check the review I've posted above, the guy literally hates that keyboard.

jonathangarner20142 h, 28 m ago

Blackberry phones were dead about 2 years ago. To pay nearly £400 for one …Blackberry phones were dead about 2 years ago. To pay nearly £400 for one in 2017 is stupid.



Dear, dear, dear. Yet another "authority" on phones.

rogparki2 h, 38 m ago

If that's your belief or experience ,then well done you . Its not what …If that's your belief or experience ,then well done you . Its not what I read on here on a daily basis - or on revue sites . Even the supporters of buying from China to save 10% to 20% admit its a risk ,but one they can "afford to take" - each to his own I guess, but less experienced buyers should look beyond the price saving and decide whether they can afford to lose the lot when it all goes pear shaped .


The last thing I bought from them was my LG G6. The Asian version with 64gb rom and quad DAC. It cost £392 when the UK 32gb, no DAC version cost £500. So in that case 20% turned out to be £100 of a difference, for a hell of a better phone.
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