**UPDATE** JB Hi-Fi have updated their website to include the Black Edition of the KEYᵒⁿᵉ for $899 AUD. The original is no longer available.
At 7.11 this morning (AEDT) CRN Australia reported that Blackberry were taking Australian retailer blackberrystore.com.au to court for importing and reselling unauthorised BlackBerry devices.
According to CRN Australia;
It is claimed that BlackBerrystore.com.au caused a number of products to be imported into Australia, including 29 smartphones and four phone screens which were seized by Australian Border Force on 11 September, according to court documents.
BlackBerry alleged the products were “substantially identical with or deceptively similar” to BlackBerry’s own devices, including trademarks, but were made without licence or authority by the vendor.
BlackBerry claimed it had requested BlackBerrystore.com.au to cease the conduct, but the owner allegedly “neglected, refused or failed to do so”.
It is noted that, at this time, blackberrystore.com.au is still online. In 2015 blackberrystore.com.au were acquired by Smartphone Protection Pty Inc, a company who offer refurbished Apple and Samsung products.
It leaves us wondering who to trust when acquiring that new BlackBerry KEYone, Motion, or any of the previous BlackBerry Android and BB10 devices which are still available on the market. I have always advocated for genuine authorised re-sellers as they have proven a level of trust with the parent company. The people of Australia are now left with no avenues to acquire genuine BlackBerry products (not that they could be sure of that through blackberrystore.com.au). I have also noted that JB Hi-Fi have taken the KEYone off their online listing.
UTB advises readers to ensure that when making purchases that you check to see whether the retailer or seller is authorised by BlackBerry to do so or not. Best way to find out is to go to blackberry.com or blackberrymobile.com or keep an eye on utbblogs.com.
Source: CRN Australia