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Blackberry Advise

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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
My teenage son is wanting a blackberry for xmas and I don't really have a clue about them, I wasn't really wanting a contract as I am worried about him running up big bills but after looking at the deals I think a contract may be a better option, can anyone offer any advise, pros and cons of contract v payg as I've never had a contract phone before

Blackberry Curve 8520
O2 PAYG £149 for phone and then min £15 top up per month = £510 (over 24 months)
simplicity tariff £10 unlimited texts, 100 mins and then add blackberry bolt on 500mb for £5 (if I can even do this)

or

Blackberry 9300 3G
O2 Blackberry 500 - 24 months, free phone, £25 per month and £150 instant cashback - £450 (over 24 months)
500 mins, unlimited texts and 500mb

so, am i right in thinking for £60 less I could get 400 mins extra per month and have a better phone, the phones seem to be much the same except the contract is 3g, is 3g much better than normal.

Many THanks
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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
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#1
what you have to ask your self is, will your son run up a huge bill (it wont take much) a few minutes here & there and his air time is gone, when for example vodafone the blackberry bolt on is free till june/july 2011 or orange is a fiver a month, and yes the 9300 is miles better then the 8520, the 8520 is a VERY basic blackberry model no flash on the camera etc
#2
i would also look at if you can set a bar where the bill is x amount and wont go above that ie say £50 a month (im not even sure the networks do this anymore)
#3
I would go for the Blackberry 8520 on Vodafone PAYG - the 8520 is basic enough for a teenager, he should need anything more than that. Plus they are offering free Blackberry service until June 2011 - and I presume he'll be mainly using it for messenger so minites and texts may not be such of a huge issue.
#4
I think I'm right in saying the 8520 doesnt even have 3G so you wont be able to get internet with it.
go for the 9300 contract.
#5
Thank you but
vodaphone isn't an option as we only get a poor vodaphone signal in our area

thanks dcx_badass, didn't notice spelling, but thaks for your adviCe anyway, very helpfull.
#6
id say look @ orange or o2, i no for £15 top you get free texts and free calls (o2 - o2) and still leaves your son the £15 credit to cover his bb bolt on and any extra calls
#7
i can see where you got confused do as non 3g internet is as bad as none @ all lol

numptyj
I think I'm right in saying the 8520 doesnt even have 3G so you wont be able to get internet with it.
go for the 9300 contract.
#8
I got the curve 9300 3g on the latest virgin offer for my son, £10pm, free phone, 50 xnet mins, 250 texts + unlimited internet/3g.
I'd check out their website see if there's anything similar and it was unlocked!

Edited By: cycleman on Nov 04, 2010 14:54: edit
#9
Dub1
i can see where you got confused do as non 3g internet is as bad as none @ all lol
numptyj
I think I'm right in saying the 8520 doesnt even have 3G so you wont be able to get internet with it.go for the 9300 contract.

well ye the 8520 has got wifi but why would I want to check my emails or internet on a phone at home when I can just use my pc lol. But cos this is only going to be for a teenager then internet on the go might not be so important.
Does blackberry messenger use up texts? or does it work via 3G? cos the OPs son might be interested in that feature but if it needs 3G then the 9300 would be the way to go.
#10
blackberrry messenger uses the blackberry data plan (its always an add on for example you cant use an existing internet add on as the blackberry '' always connected service '' is unique) bb messenger email etc can be used by any bb that has the blackberry plan installed and it dont affect your texts etc

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