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July 31, 2008

mobile phones and blackberrys

Filed under: shopping — Tags: , , , , , — plonkee @ 12:00 pm

My last contract on my mobile phone has just run out, so I’m free to switch. I’m currently with T-Mobile on a £25 a month tariff. I don’t really use my mobile all that often, usually it’s a couple of dozen text messages and some 50 minutes of calls a month.

One of the things that’s actually really expensive on my tariff is data. Browsing the internet and accessing email are both possible on my phone, I’ll just have to pay an arm and a leg to do so. And really, it’s something that I’d like to be able to do. I’ve always got emails to check, and I travel a reasonable amount, it would be helpful to have be able to access them whilst I’m not connected to t’internet with wires.

So, I’m contemplating getting a Blackberry. I can get one with O2 for free on a two year contract with 250 texts, 75 minutes and unlimited WAP and “Blackberry Data” (in quotation marks because I have no idea what that means). Oh, and the total cost is £25 a month.

Apart from the contract being twice as long as my existing contract this seems too good to be true. It does have fewer phone minutes than my existing contract, but still more than I actually use each month. Is there something that I’m missing?

Naturally, I can’t make an important decision like getting a new mobile phone without some input from  you guys, so what do you think? Am I just imagining  that a Blackberry would be good? Is there a fatal flaw in this plan?  And what exactly is Blackberry Data anyway?

Thanks in advance :) .

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