It was December 2013, I and a group of friends chatting away and having a nice time when one techie in the area brought this Blackberry Curve 4 (9370) for sale. He said it was N25,000. The dude claimed the phone browsed unlimited and to prove his point he shared his connection via wireless hotspot for 3 of us to browse with. He left the phone for us to browse with over the weekend.
Being curious as always, I started asking questions. How come? Which network? I picked up the phone, pulled out the battery section: lo and behold, no SIM slot. I later discovered it was on Visafone network. But the guy didn’t even know many details about the device so we presumed it was some sort of cheat. Speeds where dancing around 30-100KB/s and we used it throughout that weekend, though none of us bought it from him.
Fast forward to 2014, I started hearing about this Visafone Blackberry data plan, offering an amazing 10 TB for just N1000. Even Mr.Mo did an article on it. It was then it dawned on me. “This must be that Blackberry we rocked sometime ago”, I said to myself.
To start using this plan, you would have to buy a customized Blackberry at the Visafone office and have them set it up for you. This is still pricey. Recently, while hovering around the internet in search of useless knowledge, I bumped into guys that sell (cheaper) UK-used CDMA Blackberries registered on the Visafone network. I took the risk and bought one for myself. That’s the Blackberry 9370 pictured above.
The problem right now is slow download speeds. Browsing is not so bad, but downloads crawl. The thing can’t reach 30 KB/s even with IDM (a download manager). Honestly, it would have been more appreciated if this managed to hit like 100KB/s, but this is depressing and highly frustrating for people like me. I would blame it on their coverage in my area. Here is a screenshot of a speed test I ran:
Before you dive into this Visafone Blackberry plan, here’s what you must know:
- It is not a hoax. The plan is real and actually works.
- You should find a way to test this in your area or wherever you plan to use it. It may be super fast in your office and unbearably slow at home.
Once you’ve sorted these little kinks out, you can then go ahead and get this device. The positives here is that you can insert a normal SIM on this model and use when you feel like, plus you get to use the heavenly Blackberry keyboard!! Oh my!! 🙂
Drop any of your questions or concerns about this plans. Cheers.