For some time now, Airtel Nigeria has included 1GB generic data along with their BlackBerry Complete plan. Of recent, Glo has also began to bundle 3GB with their BlackBerry Complete monthly plan. These developments should allow BlackBerry users on both networks to stream audio and video without having their prepaid accounts debited. This is because by default, the networks’ BIS services do not support streaming.
Basically, what we have now is greater value for BlackBerry subscribers in Nigeria. First, they get the now mostly unlimited BIS data, and second, these generic largesse.
I found it interesting, though, when in defense of Android’s data guzzling, someone used this development as an argument that the networks were now providing cheaper data plans for non-BlackBerry users. Here is an excerpt from the comment:
Android is getting popular and network providers are shifting ground to accommodate it. For months, Airtel 1GB BB complete and social plans have been open to other smartphones and as you said Glo has followed suit with its 3GB plan. I expect the other two to do same in the coming months. Doesn’t this prove that the data consumption issue is over exaggerated?
This is odd. BlackBerry users get more value and that is interpreted as the networks accomodating Android? I don’t get that. That non-BlackBerry users are able to exploit the BlackBerry largesse does not in any way mean what the above comment has tabled. Network exploits have existed since forever. They are there and taking advantage of by users despite the intentions of the operators.
If the networks really want to push cheaper data for Android users, why not just adjust their generic data bundles and offer 1GB or 3GB for N1,500 per month? That is what I would do. Having said that, generic data plans are getting more and more affordable, and like anyone else, the greater affordability is welcome.
If you are a BlackBerry user on either Airtel or Glo, now you know that you should be able to stream media, as your operator has provided you with some generic bundle to do that. You should also be able to share this generic data via Mobile Hotspot on your BlackBerry 7 smartphones.
Frankly, I’m a bit jealous, as I do not currently use a BlackBerry smartphone. Well, BB10 isn’t far off any longer.