Hey it's good to be back! Although I'm still retired in an official capacity 😛
Optus stocks heaps of phones other than iPhone & Samsung, Huawei, (P10 is awesome), HTC, (U 11 coming soon), and Oppo, Microsoft and Alcatel. That said, I agree that these all pretty much look the same.
You gotta remember that while Optus chooses which phones we ultimately stock, the choice is made with significant research and is highly dependant upon current demand in the market along with marketing spend commitments from vendors. For example, if BB told us that they were planning on spending $X Million on marketing in Australia, we'd be more confident that our investment would pay off. If, on the other hand, they tell us their marketing spend is minimal compared to competitors then there's additional risk on our end.
As far as Optus actively promoting particular phones to Australian markets, it doesn't make business sense unless there is already a demand for the phone. We don't gain as much from getting people excited about the BB Priv as we do from getting people excited about *our product* (mobile/fixed network, customer service and content through FetchTV etc). To put it another way, Optus wants to get people to buy the phone and get a plan through us, MORE than specifically to get them to buy the phone.
Check this out, everyone
Priv did not give me any impressions, but the KeyOne does. Solid design and focusing into experience are truly what I expect from a phone. It is obviously not for everyone but many are waiting for it so badly.
Hey notbadday, Van & Others,
@notbadday- I agree that the KEYOne looks to be a solid performer.
From what I've been reading and viewing about this new KEYOne smartphone on line, many users and reviewers are reporting some positive first hand experiences. BlackBerry appears to have struck a neat balance in designing a quality secure communication productivity smartphone, with solid battery performance, for the Android OS ecosystem (with the latest Nougat 7.1), whilst also delivering a reliable multimedia and social media experience.
The KEYOne is very much aimed at the business and professional market. But it also appeals to savvy prosumers and traditional BlackBerry users who want a solid and reliable productive phone, with BlackBerry's proven security and privacy and with the ever reliable BlackBerry QWERTY physical keyboard. The KEYOne offers all these valued qualities, at a midrange price.
The KEYOne also offers this productivity edge over all the other standard 'slab' design handsets in the market, and importantly with BlackBerry's now proven record of securing the Android OS ecosystem, based on its proven 20+ year history of delivering security and privacy, that even the US military still values.
The KEYOne also has a decent 12MP rear camera (and front facing 8MP camera) similar to the hardware camera version used in the Google Pixel smartphone and offiers a solid multimedia experience too.
Trust that people find these video reviews about the BlackBerry KEYOne that I have been looking at, insightful :
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ndufUVMbCGs https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nBYFy5sc8lM https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6gg_fYZonXs https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yhkY0bb5X-s
Van, I also do appreciate that Optus do market phone plans and not phone handsets per se. However, in the end, the plans that we as Optus customers do like to take up, are linked to smart phone devices.
I also appreciate that Optus did try with the Priv and the sales volumes didn't match early expectations. The Priv whilst being a great and innovative BlackBerry handset, was their first foray into the Android OS space. The Priv also had some performance issues for some, due to the earlier Snapdragon processors used in them. This combined with the Priv's initial higher end price tag, meant that it was less competitive, in an already competitive and crowded smartphone market.
BlackBerry appears to have taken stock of those lessons with the Priv and are now adopting a different tact. They are also partnering with Alcatel / TCL as its outsourced device hardware manufacturer, to give discerning smartphone users a truly innovative handset in the KEYOne, in a midrange price.
As Optus customers perhaps a lot of us (and myself included) would hope that Optus connects with TCL in Australia as the the hardware manufacturers of this new and innovative BlackBerry designed and BlackBerry secured Android OS device. Given that Optus matches its innovative phone plans for a key segment of the business and professional market, and the still faithful BlackBerry users, this provides us with some additional genuine 'YES' choice in the smartphone market!
.....And for those who might be interested about how the new BlackBerry /TCL KEYOne stacks up against its previous BlackBerry Priv predecessor, here are a couple of further insightful on line comparative video reviews...
KEYOne vs Priv:
Ah right! If that's true, I'm glad that the BB fans can find a way to get aussie stock of this handset. I've asked the device guys on our end and unfortunatly doesn't change Optus' position. 😞
At least we have JB Hi-fi. Had a look at the Telstra thread...it's one of those insider rumours which usually come to nothing. We've had them here at Optus as well.
It would be good if Optus were willing to work with retailers like JB Hi-fi so that their existing customers could take advantage of the stock. If JB Hi-fi sells to an existing customer, Optus foot the device bill and pass a subsidised cost on to their customers...if not, JB Hi-fi are the ones covering the cost of the unit. It's a win-win if you ask me.
That's some great lateral thinking Clancy10 about Optus partnering an arrangement with a retailer like JB HI-Fi to open up the opportunities for prospective KEYOne owners to access phone plans with Optus!
The BlackBerry / TCL KEYOne continues to earn some great reviews in the market as providing excellent productivity and performace outcomes as a midrange priced smart phone.
Optus have some great value for money phone plans and it would be great to enable existing Optus customers, as well as future customers to access them with the innovative and productive BlackBerry / TCL KEYOne!
All it needs is the Optus 'Yes '!