Hey Hairy, welcome back! I hear you about the whole post Storm debacle. A lot of users were disappointed when BlackBerry fell behind on the OS side of things. Now with BB10, BlackBerry has jumped up to the front lines. Keep in mind, this is a brand new platform. I expect amazing things to come about.
I would check eBay for used Z10s. I bet you can pick one up for around $400-$500.
This one has one hour left for bidding and is a AT&T... Blackberry Z10 16GB Black at T Smartphone Used | eBay