Trade in a BlackBerry handset and receive two sausages valued at $5

If you have an unused BlackBerry handset squirreled away somewhere, you can actually trade it in for two sausages from a Canadian butcher shop. One of the owners of the Fore Quarter Butcher Shop in Kitchener, Colby Lemoine, has a vision of lining the walls of his store with older BlackBerry handsets. As a result, he is offering two free sausages to those who hand over an older 'Berry model. And if the BlackBerry you trade-in is especially unique or rare, Lemoine says that he might throw in a little steak.

He also says that customers have been drawn to the BlackBerry phones already up on the wall and point out the models they once owned, or remember. The butcher shop is located in Waterloo region, where BlackBerry still has its headquarters, and its Grand Opening will be held tomorrow. The butcher notes that the value of the two sausages is $5, and says "I know that some people might take that as an insult to BlackBerry, but the idea is to pay homage to this history."

If you do own an older BlackBerry model, your best bet might be to list it on eBay. The online auction site has a BlackBerry Bold 9000 on sale for $33 and a BlackBerry Storm 9530 priced at $18. Even a BlackBerry Pearl 8100 can bring in $12. And BlackBerry 10 devices fetch even higher prices, like the BlackBerry Passport that started at $75 and now has a bid near $90 on eBay.

source: CTV via CrackBerry



1. Venom

Posts: 3418; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

So is this a way of saying sausages and steak are worth more than a blackberry device?

4. lyndon420

Posts: 6739; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Meat has always been more valuable than fruit lol.

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3125; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

For legacy BBOS7 devices, yes. But not for the troll reasons you think. See, AT&T has already sunsetted their 2G & 3G service and T-Mobile has done the same with 3G. Verizon will no longer activate a non-LTE device (buh-bye CDMA and your precious universal unlock). Oh and let's not forget T-Mobile is the only carrier that still offers BIS which is necessary for essential OS7 functions. LTE didn't come about until OS10 so you literally have a paperweight that doesn't go down very well with beer.

8. Rager722 unregistered

LTE was available for late bbos7 devices like the bold 9790 and the 9900

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3125; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That was 4G HSDPA, not LTE. The Z10 was BlackBerry's first LTE handset.

9. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

T-Mobile isn’t sun setting 3G til 2020. And from what I’ve read they’ve already seen issues with getting rid of 2G since a lot of voice calls still rely on it. I’d say it’s going to be at least a few more years until they get rid of 2G/3G. There’s also HSPA which will probably be last to go and there are BB devices that run on that network too. I still have an old Blackberry I use as a burner phone with a cheap prepaid plan. I miss the old days of small little phones that fit so easily in your pocket.

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3125; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The old 1900 PCS band that T-Mobile acquired as part of the failed AT&T merger was refarmed for LTE (Band 2) and not in widespread use anymore. Their ever-present 1700/2100 AWS band (Band 4) no longer serves 3G and that's the one they're keeping the lights on for until 2019 or 2020 as 2G because they use it for parking meters and other non-voice applications. Maybe in as your neck of the woods the old Band 2 is still being used for rural 3G access, I wouldn't doubt it.

12. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

If you go on OpenSignal website you can view the current 2G/3G coverage map and all the major carriers are still using 2G/3G and it covers the entire U.S.

13. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Actually you can use T-Mobiles own coverage map where it shows “non-LTE data” areas out in the Midwest especially. So they’re still using non-LTE for their coverage.

2. matistight

Posts: 982; Member since: May 13, 2009

Slow news day I guess

3. Elvis358

Posts: 220; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Best Deal Ever! :D

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Is the butcher out of his bloody MIND? Blackberries are worth 3 sausages, at least. And it wouldn't hurt if he throw hot dog buns and some mustard in there too. Extra mustard and ketchup if it happens to be a KEYone or Priv. Oh well, G'Day!

7. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I’ll wait for the 5G sausages

14. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

at first i was like, "this is pathetic", then I read the article and, I'm actually inspired by the intention of the idea.. nevermind, cool trade to honor your old companion.

15. Brewski

Posts: 672; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Q: What do you get when you eat a BlackBerry®? A: BlueTooth™

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