I have been taking a look at the current mobile landscape in Nigeria and I thought I would suggest a few things to our readers in terms of both devices and internet plans.
If you are looking for the best mobile internet deal in the country right now, look no further than Etisalat’s BlackBerry Complete plan.
- BlackBerry Messenger
- Internet Browsing
- One web based email
- One BB email
- Social networks
- Instant Messaging
- BB App World
- There is no data cap i.e. unlimited downloads
- 20k/sec on calls to any network in Nigeria
- Cost: N1,500 per month
While several mobile operators offer monthly bundle plans that cost between N1,000 and N1,600, the data cap of 100-200 MB means that you are pretty limited. Other networks also offer Blackberry Complete plans, but only Etisalat gives you unlimited internet access.
Etisalat’s Blackberry Complete gives you the full BlackBerry internet Suite (though limited to only one email account, which will serve for most people), and no data cap on your usage.
If you don’t do lots of browsing on your mobile, any blackberry smartphone will do. Get the cheapest, the 8520 Curve (no 3G), and enjoy. Budget: N27,000 – N30,000.
If you do need 3G service, the cheapest is the 9300 Curve 3G. Budget: N40,000 – N45,000.
If you do a lot of web browsing on your mobile, a larger display is indispensable. As such you might want to get a BlackBerry device with a larger display e.g. the Torch 9860 (3.7-inch, 480 x 800 pixel full touchscreen) to use with this plan.
The Torch 9860 is a capable device that runs a 1.2GHz processor, 768 MB RAM and 2.5GB internal storage. There is an excellent web browser on board, and great media consumption features. It supports DivX/XviD out of the box and packs a 5 megapixel, auto-focus camera.
This device will set you back about N80,000.
Should you also need internet service on your laptop and other computing device, you can get a modem or mifi and activate one of the available plans ranging from 1.5GB to 6GB monthly for that purpose. I recommend that you get that service from an alternative network just so you don’t have a single point of failure.
However, it is your choice at the end of the day. You can also subscribe to one of the available Easyblaze plans on the same line that your BlackBerry is using – and then use that line and device as a modem with your PC.
Let’s say you have the BB Complete Plan running for N1,500, and also subscribe for a regular internet bundle for N4,000 (1.5GB), that’s a total of N5,500 for your monthly needs.
Each person’s mileage will vary.
If your employers provide a PC and internet access at work, you may not seriously need the regular internet bundle. In which case, with nothing more than the BlackBerry Complete plan and a Blackberry smartphone, your mobile internet needs are fully covered.
The purpose of this piece is not to force a single solution down everyone’s throat. But if you are concerned about the cost of your monthly internet subscription, you may want to consider this.
Disclaimer: Think about your needs and preferences in making purchases. What I have recommended here may not be what floats your boat.