BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 Graphite comes to India priced at more than $1500 USD

Consumers in India are being asked to dig deep into their wallets if they want to purchase the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 Graphite. The phone is priced in the country at the equivalent of $1535 USD. Some of the features you get for the money include a special back door cover made of hand-wrapped leather. Graphite colored elements on the phone explain why it is called the P'9983 Graphite...
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1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

expensive than the galaxy s6 edge and iphone..

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Apple and Samsung have brand image. Blackberry doesn't even have a quarter of the users both OEMs have. I'm puzzled why they think this is a good idea.

12. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

First time I agree with Mxy here.

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh I'm pretty sure you've agreed with me before.!

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Neither does bently but they are doing just fine.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22222; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's a luxury phone made and marketed to the luxurious. It's for politicians, celebrities, leaders of countries and the like. It's a status symbol marketed in places where the BlackBerry brand is still strong, and marketed to big money types that don't care about or need uber-spec'd handsets. You'll never see it marketed in the U.S. or Canada or most places in Europe. More like in places like the UAE, Malaysia, India, etc. It's not marketed to compete with other smartphones. It's more like a status symbol for the luxurious.

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

1500USD for status symbol? what a joke, it will be symbol that they dont have that much money and totally clueless about technology.. if they want something luxury for status symbol, just get those virtu, or other flagship decorated by goldgenie.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22222; Member since: May 28, 2014

"1500 USD". You totally contradicted yourself. At first your implying that it's too much for a "status symbol", then you say "it will be a symbol that they don't have that much money". Do you read what you type before pressing "comment"? Bendy, I couldn't care less about your uninformed opinion. Seek your weekend entertainment elsewhere.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22222; Member since: May 28, 2014


21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Especially considering if you tell people in that group you have an expensive blackberry they're going be like huh? Blackberry doesn't have a base to be a status symbol. This is just a joke and a waste of money.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22222; Member since: May 28, 2014

"Over 130,000 Porsche Design P’9981 Devices Sold – Best ...​esign-p9981... Mobile-friendly · Nov 22, 2013 · ... that they have sold over 130,000 Porsche Design P ... 9981 was the top selling luxury phone over ... to Sell The Porsche Design BlackBerry P ..." The link is crappy and won't take you to the article. I will search for a better one. I just wanted show that there are quite a few individuals (over 100,000) that actually buy Porsche Design BlackBerry handsets. This one was about $2,000 when it was launched. 130,000 handsets at $2000 a pop is a couple of hundred million dollars. If I were BlackBerry, I'd keep putting out these handsets as well.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm have to see some hard numbers from other sources, preferably sources that are more financial and analytical based. I'm finding it a little hard to believe they sold that many devices at that price.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22222; Member since: May 28, 2014

Why is it difficult to believe? And why do you think a website wouldn't produce the official numbers? And would you have the same belief (or disbelief) if it were about a different product and website? Whether you choose to believe it or not, there are those that would pay that price for a "luxury", limited edition BlackBerry. It caters to a different crowd willing to spend the money. Especially in places like Dubai, where BlackBerry is still strong.

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm just asking for official numbers from blackberry or a reputable source that is known for providing accurate numbers. Yes people in Dubai tend to have a higher than average income compared to other places. That still doesn't really change the point.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 22222; Member since: May 28, 2014

Fair enough. And actually, it does change the point. If people in Dubai have higher than average incomes, are BlackBerry fans, and are willing to spend $2000 on an elitist BlackBerry smartphone, then there you have it.

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

But that doesn't apply to everywhere though. In Dubai they have money to throw away.

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 22222; Member since: May 28, 2014

Which is why they only market this device in select countries.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 22222; Member since: May 28, 2014

Gotta admit though, they must be selling well enough to warrant BlackBerry and Porsche Design to keep producing new models. This is the third iteration.

37. Mxyzptlk unregistered

There may be some demand for them but I'm just curious as to what the official numbers are.

17. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

TO be fair ,iphone and Galaxy do have some luxurious phones that costs much more than this one. This one is a special edition while the normal BB porsche costs much less.

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Samsung and Apple have brand awareness so they're able to sell luxury models of their devices.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22222; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's not that BlackBerry doesn't have "brand awareness". They do. Their image is tarnished, but they certainly have brand awareness. In places like the UAE, Indonesia, South Africa...the BlackBerry name still holds a lot of weight.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They don't have much of a brand awareness like they did years ago. The market has changed a lot since then.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 22222; Member since: May 28, 2014

The brand awareness is still there, people are just leary of the brand. They don't hold as much weight worldwide as in the past (in the consumer market), but in the places that I named in my previous post, BlackBerry handsets sell quite well. In South Africa, for instance, BlackBerry sales are on par or greater than Samsungs.

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Those markets are probably a little different compared to your traditional market. Abd wouldn't they also count as a consumer market even if it's a rich person with a huge expendable income?

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 22222; Member since: May 28, 2014

Sure would. But when I listed South Africa, I wasn't referring to the Porsche Design BlackBerry's. Regular BlackBerry devices, including legacy ones, sell very well over there.

32. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Since BB is more toward security and enterprise, I think they have some rich people who would prefer these kind of phones more than a normal BB for their company. Also the number of these expensive BB could be lower than Samsung or iphone because of that brand awareness. However , that doesn't means that they won't sell as BB expecting. Only time can tell

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Notging is more secure than blackberry and I'm sure there's some overly rich schmuck who would probably buy it just for the reason you mentioned.

2. TechNeck

Posts: 655; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I might order one of these to see how it's like...

3. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

These Porsche BlackBerry's are bonafide scams. Old Q10 in a $50 new wrapper. Give me a break. Apple, Samsung, Huawei, HTC, etc. are already making phones with more "luxurious" builds, but they're not BS special additions and they have top of the line specs.
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