TORONTO — It appears some BlackBerry fans absolutely can’t wait for the new Z10 and are willing to pay big to get their hands on one early.Although it’s difficult to know whether the transactions successfully closed, a number of the new touchscreen BlackBerrys appear to have sold on eBay for over $1,000, and in at least one case, nearly $2,000.Screengrab As of Friday morning, a number of phones were set to sell for about $1,500 or more and many bidders involved in auctions had very good feedback — a measure of their reliability in online transactions.Attendees at the unveilings of the new Z10 and Q10 devices and the new BlackBerry 10 operating system in New York and Toronto went home with a free phone, and it seems some of them are now selling those devices online.The BlackBerry Z10 was released in the U.K. on Thursday and is set to hit Canadian stores Tuesday. The phone isn’t expected to be released in the U.S. until March, which might explain some of the online demand.In Canada it’s expected to typically sell for $150 on a three-year contract. Koodo is selling it without a contract for $550.The Canadian Press
Ms Edwards admitted that they would not have any real idea of which animals will star in the show until they began filming in the Scottish wilderness.“So much depends on the type of winter and spring the wildlife has endured,” she said. “Some animals will do amazingly well and some won’t.”The BBC team has experienced snow, hurricanes and balmy temperatures during its previous filming in Scotland.The team will start planning meetings tomorrow (MON) and will begin filming in late December, staking out locations as they work out which animals will provide the best footage.Around 80 people will be involved in producing Winterwatch, including the local partners and wildlife experts who help the BBC team get the best shots.They will work through incredibly long days, starting at 7.30am and filming late into the night as some of the best action occurs after dark. Ms Edwards said: “I’m really excited about it. When you are in one place for a year you get to know the surroundings and the habitats very well, it’s a more immersive experience.”“Around 70 per cent of the area is deemed of international importance so you couldn’t have a better location.”This year was the first time the show based itself in one location for all three seasons, filming the farmland, birds and countryside of Gloucestershire for Winterwatch, Springwatch and Autumnwatch.Ms Edwards said: “We had never done countryside, we normally do reserves which are managed but we wanted to film in a part of the countryside where anyone can go.”Michaela Strachan said: “I’m so excited to be going to the Cairngorms for Winterwatch. It’s such a stunning place. Full of wildlife, dramatic, wild and very, very cold! The wildlife always delivers from Golden Eagles to Mountain Hares, Wild Cats to Black Grouse, Ptarmigan, Pine Marten, Red Squirrel, Water Vole, Otter. The Highlands have a wonderful diversity of wildlife and habitats. It’s one of those places in the UK where you can really connect with the natural environment.”Chris Packham said: “Scotland – land of the brave, home of the wild and hope for the UK’s wildlife. This is the happening zone in conservation and home to the most amazing diversity of sexy species. I can’t wait”. Winterwatch viewers will be transported directly into the habitats of one of the wildest places in the UK, when the BBC team relocates to the Cairngorms.In a vast contrast to the rolling countryside of the Cotswolds, where the show was based throughout 2018, producers are hoping to capture the residents of Scotland’s snow-capped mountains, ancient forests, raging rivers and deep, silent lochs.Presenters Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Gillian Burke will host the next series of the show in the depths of winter in one of the toughest places in the country for animals, watching as they adapt to get through this toughest of seasons.Rosemary Edwards, the executive producer, told the Sunday Telegraph: “We wanted to do something completely different. We wanted to go as wild as we could in the UK. A lot of people don’t know how wild parts of Scotland are and to me, this is one of the wildest places you can visit in the UK.“It’s so remote, it’s in the mountainous region, surrounded by the largest amount of pine forests dating back almost to the the Ice Age, the landscape is epic. It’s very, very different to last year and we have never spent a year in the wild.” Snow-covered landscape in the Cairngorms, in the Scottish HighlandCredit:PA Two wildlife cameramen with long lenses will bury themselves in hides around the clock while two or three camera will be placed in habitats and monitored 24 hours a day by a team of young zoologists and filmmakers working in shifts who hit record the moment there is any action.The team will be on location for around a week before the four days of live shows. Gillian Burke said: “I cannot wait to get going and bring the best of British wildlife from our new home in the Cairngorms! Brace yourselves for a truly wild Winterwatch!” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.