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Aust Post - Blackberry Curve with 1 year unlimited internet, email, im for $249

Posted By: ninkasi, posted 2010/05/21 10:31
Thought this seemed a decent deal. Spotted at Aust Post shop, but no doubt is probably available at other outlets.

Basically, get a Blackberry Curve 8520 for $249. Keep a minimum of $0.21 in credit and you can use the 'berry for a year for surfing the web, checking/sending email, and instant messages without paying one more cent (as long as you don't use the 'phone to make calls). Actually, thinking about it, the minimum I think you can put on the 'phone is probably $30 which, under the "now & then" plan will expire after 186 days, so you will effectively need to pay (over the year) $249 +$30 +$30....

Thinking about it something like a $19 plan from Virgin with the Nokia E63 might be better value if you can manage the amount of data you use.... anyhow, still a reasonable deal if you are a Blackberry person....

The fine print is as follows:

BlackBerry: BlackBerry® smartphones are locked to the Optus network. $120 fee applies if network locking is removed within 6 months from activation. If recharges have exceeded $120 no fee applies. Limit 1 per customer (except SA). No Rainchecks. Not all handsets available at all outlets. While stock lasts. *BlackBerry Unlimited Offer: Available to new customers who activate the Optus Pre-Paid Mobile BlackBerry® Curve 8520 Smartphone and connect to Optus Blackberry Turbo Cap. Blackberry Turbo Cap is the only rate plan customers can connect to and use with the BlackBerry® Curve 8520 Smartphone, customers can not use their own Blackberry device with Blackberry Turbo Cap, they must purchase the Optus BlackBerry® Curve 8520 Smartphone only. Blackberry Unlimited offer includes unlimited POP3 email and data usage through the BlackBerry® Browser and/or BlackBerry® Internet Browser for 12 months and is subject to the Optus Mobile Fair Go policy. Use of MMS/WAP (Optus Zoo) not included and will be charged at PAYG rates. 12 months commences from activation after which standard PAYG rates will apply to data used through the BlackBerry® Browser and BlackBerry® Internet Browser. Blackberry Unlimited offer will be discontinued if a customer does not have required minimum MyCredit call balance at any time. Existing customers must register their upgrade, swap SIM's to the SIM included with the BlackBerry® Curve 8520 Smartphone and change rate plans to the Optus Blackberry Turbo Cap to take advantage of this offer.
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  • port2010/05/21 16:02:05
    I thought you need to be on the BlackBerry cap, with it's minimum $30/mth recharge value, to be able to use the Blackberry features…
  • ninkasi2010/05/21 16:21:19
    Probably, normally, but this is a special - only this specific handset - prepaid deal.... Would note it's pop mail....
  • Donkey2010/05/21 18:09:39
    Little confused ninkasi - your saying " Keep a minimum of $0.21 in credit and you can use the 'berry for a year for surfing the web, checking/sending email, and instant messages without paying one more cent (as long as you don't use the 'phone to make calls)" but then you need to pay - a per month top up? or 2 x $30 top uups over the course of the year. If the latter it make the 'cost' of the deal $309.
  • ninkasi2010/05/21 19:37:30
    Yep - I was initially tricked as well - updated after working out fine print in that to maintain that $0.21 minimum you probably will end up paying a minimum of $60 on top of the purchase price. Still not bad for a blackberry, and that $60 credit can of course be used for actual mobile calls so is not wasted but like I say I personally would probably go with the Nokia and Virgin.... Whatever the case, with *any* mobile deal I'd strongly recommend going through the fine print carefully before committing....
  • Donkey2010/05/21 21:03:04
    Biggest issue with this is that its not 3G so browsing will be pretty slow - that and the small screen size - although it has wifi capability but if your connected to wifi the data plan is a bit pointless
  • ninkasi2010/05/21 23:00:02
    Agreed. If it uses a Blackberry server for browsing (compressing images etc) it would help, but still not fantastic for web access. A lot of people I know who are Blackberry addicts are pure email users though. Web browsing etc is a nice to have maybe, but simply isn't high up on their list - so for that the speed would be fine. Not sure if it means anything, but I actually posted this originally using my iPhone though.... ;-)
  • Donkey2010/05/22 16:47:45
    :D - your not supposed to say that.....
  • lilpretzel2010/05/22 19:03:20
    My daughter has one of these on a prepaid with Optus, she has only recharged once with $30.00 since Christmas, has a few cents left but can send unlimted emails, access facebook and surf the net ;)
  • tofu2010/06/07 10:12:14
    As stated in the Terms and Conditions:
    "*BlackBerry Unlimited Offer: Available to new customers who activate the Optus Pre-Paid Mobile BlackBerry® Curve 8520 Smartphone and connect to Optus Blackberry Turbo Cap."

    To be eligible for the Unlimited offer, you must be connected to the Turbo Cap, which has a credit expiry period of 30 days. I assume that if you connect to the "Every Now & Then" plan, you wont get the unlimited offer??

    In the Optus Prepaid plan document (http://www.optus.com.au/dafiles/OCA/AboutOptus/LegalAndRegulatory/SharedStaticFiles/SharedDocuments/PrePdPricing.doc):
    "(d) Blackberry Turbo Cap is the only rate plan you can connect to and use with the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8520 Smartphone"


    Can anyone confirm? If you connect to the "Every Now & Then" plan, how do you activate BIS?

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