My romance with the Visafone Unlimited Blackberry plan

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.

Visafone Romance

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.

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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:

Visafone Speedtest

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.

Etoniru Chibueze

Chibueze is an award-winning gadget reviewer and geek. He loves research, while living and breathing tech. You can reach him on Facebook, Twitter ,OR LinkedIn

23 thoughts on “My romance with the Visafone Unlimited Blackberry plan

  • August 22, 2015 at 8:15 pm
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    Does this Blackberry plan offered by Visafone supports Tethering and portable hotspot to be used by mobile phones and PC? And supposing the download speed is decent enough, can it support video streaming?

  • August 22, 2015 at 8:30 pm
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    I have used it on 2 separate occasions. Just as Elroy said, normal browsing is just okay, but downloading or streaming is a no no. But how will one have unlimited data and won’t download or stream? So for me, I’ll pass.

    For the poster above me, yes tethering and hotspot works

  • August 23, 2015 at 2:03 pm
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    I’m confused; There isn’t a CDMA network in the UK, and Verizon is definitely not a UK network.

    Browse without downloading? I can do that, but I nearly choked on my Ogi when I saw the price Visafone is selling the BlackBerry 9930 for. Elroy, who are those guys that sold you the 9370?

    • August 23, 2015 at 8:13 pm
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      Met them on Nairaland. They have an office in Computer village Ikeja, and it wasn’t so expensive. 10k for this and 16k for the 9930

    • August 23, 2015 at 8:13 pm
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      It was the last remaining CDMA network when there was talk of a merge between the other CDMA networks. I know someone that still uses his CDMA line.

    • August 23, 2015 at 8:15 pm
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      They work o. Even after rumors of MTN acquisition. On the good side I hope if MTN buys them, their speeds will improve

    • August 23, 2015 at 8:34 pm
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      lol, the reverse is more likely

  • August 23, 2015 at 10:06 pm
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    If I buy 9930 from a different source and buy Visafone SIM for the bb stuff, can it work?

    • August 23, 2015 at 10:23 pm
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      You will have to configure/register it with the Visafone network- It doesn’t even necessarily work with the SIM. My 9370 doesn’t. The advantage of the 9370 and 9930 is that it also supports GSM networks, Just pop in your SIM and roll.

    • August 23, 2015 at 10:37 pm
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      Supposing either 9370 and 9930 is registered with Visafone for their network, how can one inserts a gsm SIM card and gets it to work while a CDMA network is already in use? Does it mean that when a gsm SIM is inserted it automatically take precedence over CDMA network? Thanks Chibex

    • August 24, 2015 at 12:10 am
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      Both services don’t work simultaneously. Once you insert a GSM SIM, you go to Mobile network settings and switch it to GSM. When you wanna use your Visafone, remove your SIM, go to Mobile Network setting and select “1XEV” and you’re up. Once you buy the phone, you’ll understand.

    • April 11, 2016 at 9:01 pm
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      No sir

    • April 17, 2016 at 9:04 pm
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      No sir. It has to be a CDMA BlackBerry phone before it would work

  • April 24, 2016 at 4:44 pm
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    With the visafone mtn migration happening… Will subscribers still enjoy the whole bb plan of unlimited??

  • May 12, 2016 at 9:55 pm
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    When using the Visafone sim, Do you set network selection mode as Automatic or Home only

    • May 12, 2016 at 11:14 pm
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      It was on Automatic

  • May 13, 2016 at 8:06 am
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    I was able to migrate, but the hotspot of a thing wasn’t working, I’ve tried severally to get to the customer service but almost all I was fortunate with says different thing entirely, even the last rep told me i can’t tether but I’ve not believe yet while the first says I can tether…still consulting the customer service desk……

    • May 13, 2016 at 10:02 am
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      Migrate to what?

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