Every GSM network in Nigeria today offers a BlackBerry prepaid service. Truth be told, opening up BlackBerry service to prepaid subscribers is the best thing that happened to BlackBerry service in the consumer arena.
To get BlackBerry service on the MTN network without going through the hassles of signing a contract, purchase your BlackBerry device (from MTN or any retailer – make sure its not locked down to another network), pop in your MTN SIM, and do the following:
- load N5,000 and text “BIS” to 21600. This will give you one month’s subscription to the service and configure your device automatically.
- load N1,300 and text “BBWEEK” to 21600. This will give you one month’s subscription to the service and configure your device automatically.
Your one month subscription gives you unlimited access (you read that right, so we were told by our contact at MTN) to BlackBerry Internet Service. You can access up to 10 work and personal email accounts, plus an optional, new BlackBerry email address that comes with your BlackBerry smartphone. You can browse websites and use instant messaging on your BlackBerry smartphone.
Here at MobilityNigeria, our team members have used and/or reviewed devices on every smartphone platform (Symbian, Android, Windowsphone, iPhone) except for BlackBerry. We are looking to change that and hope to have a BlackBerry device in our hands later this month (Any retailer care to send us a review unit? how about MTN?).
We are eyeing the BlackBerry Tour 9630 or the Bold 9700 (Bold2). As usual, we shall be pushing the device to see how it measures up and bring you detailed reviews of how it performs.