SIM free BlackBerry Z3 now available in the U.K.


When BlackBerry CEO John Chen took over from Thorsten Heins in November 2013, one of the first things he did was sign a deal with contract manufacturer Foxconn to produce a phone for emerging markets. Under the terms of the five-year pact, Foxconn designs, manufactures and stores each model. BlackBerry is responsible for promotion and for the software.

The first phone to roll off the Foxconn assembly line as part of this contract was the BlackBerry Z3. The phone was launched in Indonesia back in May, and was subsequently released in India, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries in the region. Now, the low cost 'Berry is making a big jump to the U.K. where smartphone retailer Clove is offering the device SIM free for the equivalent of $235 USD after tax.

The BlackBerry Z3 is equipped with a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 540 x 960. A dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU is under the hood, with the Adreno 305 GPU handling graphics. 1.5GB of RAM is inside along with 8GB of native storage. Those needing additional storage can use the 32GB capacity microSD slot. Back and front-facing cameras weigh in at 5MP and 1.1MP respectively and a 2500mAh battery keeps the lights on. BlackBerry 10 is pre-installed.

If you're looking for a low price, unlocked BlackBerry handset in the U.K., you can now pick up the BlackBerry Z3 from Clove by clicking on the sourcelink.

source: Clove via Crackberry

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Z3
  • Display 5.0" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2500 mAh(15.5h talk time)

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53 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nice to see BlackBerry rolling this handset out unlocked in the U.K. Great bang for your buck with this handset.

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Not exactly bleeding-edge specs but BB security and OS10 for a little over $200 is excellent.

3. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

The price is great. If only the screen was 720.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

At least 720. I'd prefer 1080p.

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

For $200 and SIM-free? Not likely.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Which is why I said at least 720 since that's what the Moto G is.

6. Cyagocaliz unregistered

This is CRAP. You know why? Because it runs on Blackberry OS, not iOS nor Android!

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Have you even used BB10 to call it crap, or are you just trolling?

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Don't do it. Don't try to engage a complete moron. One of the unknowns Darwin's theory never accounted for.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

I know I shouldn't, but i just couldn't resist. Somebody's gotta school 'em.

10. Cyagocaliz unregistered

BB10? I just searched it up on Google and I was like, 'OMG, this one is way uglier than One M8' Oh, and have YOU ever used iOS? If you haven't, then you gotta use once!

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Right, so you've never used it before. Just Googling it doesn't give you any type of experience. So you're trolling. Got it. Oh, and yes, I have extensive experience with iOS. I've used all iterations of iOS up to iOS 7.x. I've owns every iPhone up until the 5. I've also owned the OG iPad, iPad 2, and the iPad mini with retina display. Just so you know, I've also owned a plethora of Android devices from every Galaxy S handset up until the 4, the OG HTC Evo and Evo shift, and a bunch of low end Androids like the OG LG Optimus. I've also owned just about every Lumia Windows Phone to hit the U.S., and several HTC Windows Phones. And I'm not even going to get started on OG operating Systems like Symbian and Windows Mobile. So I think I can honestly accurately say that BB10 is my OS of choice, having used BlackBerry's from BlackBerry OS all the way to BB10.3.x. And what have you used?

20. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Using iOS once is no different than banging a fat chick once. Your friends push you into it then you spend the rest of your life trying to live it down.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's well known that the Z10 doesn't have the greatest of battery life. It's also well known that iPhone users are "wall huggers". By the way: http://blog.gsmarena.com/blackberry-z30-battery-life/ GTEAT battery life!

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

*Great

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

http://www.gsmarena.com/blackberry_passport-review-1149p3.php That's why they made the Passport. BB10 is far better optimized so you actually get better battery life. But you would know that, had you actually USED a BB10 device as opposed to Googling the battery life. You clearly have no experience using BB10 and are therefore trolling. How's that working out for you in real life? Being an unpaid troll and all? Or are you a paid Apple shill?

18. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This is the guy Dark was defending earlier right? Oh I see...http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/01/supermoon_2015_first_closest_m.html All makes sense now.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yep! Darkk needs to reevaluate who he defends on PA.

24. Cyagocaliz unregistered

'You clearly have no experience using BB10 and are therefore trolling' Waatt Thaa Heeeck are you talking about? I'm just saying BB sucks as it actually sucks, but now you are calling me troll because I haven't used BB phone yet????? Man, just grow up. Why do I have to use a device with poor battery life, no proper app store and crappy display, anyway? Passport? Oh, you mean a phone with a weird square display and a oddly placed crappy keyboard? Who uses that, a paid BB shill like you? Oh come on!

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're telling me to grow up, and yet you're on here like a kid saying something sucks that you've never even tried...and look at the way you type? Only a child types like that. You've got a lot of learning to do, kid. Look up the definition of troll. You'll see that you fit the description perfectly. I use a Passport and Z30, so what poor battery life would you be referring to, especially when the iPhone 6 has a crappy 1810 battery? Who use a Passport? Try governments, enterprise and regulated industries. The movers and shakers of the world. Something a kid like you would know nothing about. I'm done with you, kid. I've schooled you enough for today.

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh crap I forgot the popcorn

22. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

And daddy forgot to pull out.

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well you have to get in before you worry about pulling out.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

You just got owned, Mxy.

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

He's just a bitter old man.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nah, you got owned.

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No I didn't.

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yeah, you did.

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