In this “greener pastures” article, I take a look at one of the old guard mobile Operating Systems, Blackberry. There is a current Blackberry craze around here, but many users, predictably, are not thinking through their needs before getting one.
Note that I have already detailed the strengths of Blackberry OS in my earlier article, What is so special about Blackberry, so if you want info on that, you know where to look.
But a Blackberry device may not be what you need, if only you take time to look at your needs. I will narrate one particular scenario that illustrates when not to buy a Blackberry.
A family friend of ours was given a BlackBerry Bold as a gift recently. Of course, we are all excited about gifts! The catch was, she is self-employed had a maximum monthly budget of N5,000 for internet access – both on-phone and for tethering.
Having a Blackberry meant that she cannot keep to that budget. A monthly Blackberry subscription costs her N4,700, and BB subscriptions on networks here do not cover tethering to a PC. Users are billed outside of their subscriptions. And usually, that billing is based on data usage i.e. per Kb.
In the first week alone, she had spent over N3,000 on extra airtime for tethering. Your guess is a s good as mine how high her monthly internet spending would end up. I can imagine how much she would need to load to download a 44MB or 200Mb file.
A Blackberry device and subscription is good for you already have separate internet subscriptions at home and/or at the office. If you are on a budget, using a Blackberry device should not be in your radar.
Again, does this make the Blackberry OS or a Blackberry device useless? No. Just don’t ignore facts when spending your hard-earned money. Running costs are usually more significant than acquisition costs, and if cash flow is an issue to you, some objectivity will help you in making a decision about what smartphone to get.
The grass is not necesarilly greener on the other side.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.