8ta today announced their Blackberry deals, and it really looks good. Compared to other networks their deals are a lot more comprehensive for the average user, and they really have some great value add ons. While Blackberry is a very good deal in SA, most people do not realise that youtube videos are not part of the BIS package. BIS is Blackberry’s data solution which has unlimited internet and email usage (except for streaming).
So 8ta is shaking things up by adding Youtube streaming to their packages, upto a total of 500MB. So if you are big Youtube fan, these contracts might sway you in 8ta’s direction. Also, if you are someone who mostly phones home from your phone, the 8ta Blackberry deal allows you to select one Telkom number which you can call free of charge, something which we believe will be very popular. This is also on top of 8ta’s other small value adds – like giving 50 free SMS’s for every 5 you send.
8ta also somehow managed to decrease the pricing of BIS on their dedicated BB packages – they charge only R49 per month, which is around 20% cheaper than other networks.
At the moment 8ta is first focussing on the lower end of the Blackberry market with only the Blackberry Curve 8520 and 9300, but the Bold 9780 and Torch 9800 will be announced later.
So what do their deals look like?
If you want to use your own Blackberry on the 8ta network, you can get BIS for R59 a month, and Blackberry Enterprise Service for R89, which is pretty much in line with other networks.
But lets look at their Blackberry Contract Deals:
BlackBerry Curve 8520 with BIS – R90 per month
BlackBerry 9300 & BIS plus LG C105 – R500 per month
- Call one Telkom landline number for free
- Send five SMSs per day and receive 50 free to send for that day
- 500 Minutes 8ta to 8ta / National Landlines
- 200 8ta Minutes to other local SA Networks
- 50MB data
- Free SIM & Connection
(I really do not know why they need to give away the LG cheapie with it? Rather make it cheaper? And I think they could have made another deal with the 9300 model…)
These deals look really good, especially the 8520 deal. It will only further cement Blackberry’s lead in the SA smartphone space…