Alfa and MTC Introduce New Blackberry Services: Cheaper and Less Features

After minister of telecommunications Nicolas Sehnaoui announced on Twitter that he will be making new announcements on April 30th, I was interested in what he was going to say.

The news is for Blackberry users, however decreasing they may be. No, the service has not been made cheaper as people are saying. No, you don’t simply pay $8 for the 200MB you used to pay $24 for. Instead of having one blackberry service now, called Blackberry Internet Service (BIS), Alfa and MTC  have introduced two other plans: Blackberry social ($8 for 200MB) and BlackBerry complete ($12 for 200MB). The original BIS plan has been upgraded to $24 for 500MB.

You can see all the details here:

For BlackBerry Social, you can’t add other chatting services nor can you activate email. For BlackBerry complete you get to activate one email account.

I really don’t get the point behind this. They want new users? What’s the purpose of the 5 other mobile data plans that both carriers have, then?

1) Why is the 500MB for BlackBerry still more expensive than the 500MB for regular mobile data?

2) Why introduce new plans when there are room for improvements in the original one to begin with? For most BlackBerry users, 200MB per month is more than enough (their phones are not exactly data heavy). Why not cut the price of the original plan, which has way more functionality?

As Twitter user UxSoup said, the more suitable name for this would be BS Social.

In other news, I’m still waiting on the unlimited internet at off-peak hours.

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11 thoughts on “Alfa and MTC Introduce New Blackberry Services: Cheaper and Less Features

  1. 24$ / month for 500 Mb and 10 e-mail addresses?? Who the hell uses 10 email addresses? That’s ridiculous. Drop the prices and give us 3 e-mails for 250mb (or so) w khalasna.

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      • Our neighbor bought his 11 year-old daughter a Blackberry. (yeah don’t ask!) So to answer your question, Blackberry social and whatever are useful for kids and high school students whose only care in the world today is to tweet and nag about their teachers on Fb..
        However, professional people like us, who actually need to use a Blackberry for work, nothing changed. I don’t want to pay 24 $ worth of service and get 10 e-mail accounts in return! It’s just ridiculous. I’d like to meet a person who has 10 e-mail addresses to his/her name… Just one!

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        • And that’s just downright silly. I think we’re the only place where Blackberry services have such a diverse array of uselessness.

          Well, some people could have 10 emails but they usually connect them to just one or two accounts.

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  2. Our neighbor bought his 11 year-old daughter a Blackberry. (yeah don’t ask!) So to answer your question, Blackberry social and whatever are useful for kids and high school students whose only care in the world today is to tweet and nag about their teachers on Fb..
    However, professional people like us, who actually use Blackberry for work, nothing changed. I don’t want to pay 24 $ worth of service and get 10 e-mail accounts in return! It’s just ridiculous. I’d like to meet a person who has 10 e-mail addresses to his/her name… Just one!

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  3. NO ONE IN THIS WORLD USE 10 MAILS!! (-_____-)
    Okay, let’s count them:
    1. Gmail
    2. Hotmail
    3. Me (iCloud.com)
    4. Yahoo
    5. @facebook.com
    6. ? AOL [who cares?]
    7. ? Microsoft Exchange [Who use this?]
    8. ? BB Mail? (@alfa.blackberry.com) or (@mtctouch.com) [It’s just a joke] ;D
    9. ? ????
    10. ??
    Otherwise, you can connect your mails into 1 email, And I’m with Lynxette^ I’m really Interested to meet someone who has 10 e-mail addresses ;D

    I think Alfa & Mtc should name the third plan: Blackberry Internet Family Service ;D LOL

    1. who use 500MB/1GB on blackberry ?
    2. Do you really call Blackberry as a smartphone? I don’t think so ^.^

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    • I have more than 10 emails. But I have them imported to two or three that I constantly check.
      Blackberry phones don’t need 500MB of data, obviously. And yeah, I’d call them a smartphone.

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