My fellow blogger and friend, Chuks Udegbunam, has good advice for those who may be looking at dropping their legacy** BlackBerry smartphones for Android. It is very practical and sensible advice, if you ask me. I can imagine that there are those who, excited that they can now “ping”from an Android device, are considering the switch. In a nutshell, he asks you to count the cost before you switch. What cost?
Can you afford a minimum of N3,000 monthly for mobile internet? There are currently no dedicated data plans for Android devices or generic data plans that offer the kind of value that BlackBerry Complete plans offer. Chukwudi puts it this way:
If you download loads of music and mobile movies on your Blackberry device, do not sell it and switch to android. You will cry later when your android starts to show you pepper in terms of data consumption.
I agree. Do the math, then switch if it fits your bill. If not, that green grass that you see on the other side is not as nutritious as the one on your side. People who keep saying that once BBM goes cross platform, BlackBerry is dead are missing out that one other thing – the cost of mobile internet subscription. For now, nothing beats what BlackBerry internet plans offer in terms of data. That may change at some point, but until then… count your coins before jumping.
The article also includes two download links for BBM for Android. Head over to PatchWork Of Tips to read the complete article: BBM For Android Download Link and Caution Before Switching Sides.
**Legacy BlackBerry refers to earlier BlackBerry OS versions e.g. OS7, OS6, OS5