Let the craze for Blackberries propagate! I know so many of you are itching for your very 1st BB but don't know which telco plan to subscribe to. Yup.. there you go, a dilemma. Well I definitely know because I've quite a number of people already asking me which is better and worth paying for.
Basically, it all boils down to one thing.
WHICH IS A BETTER DEAL?
I was given the opportunity to review a telco plan on a Blackberry unit – which is perfect as I have a similar Blackberry registered with another telco to compare it against. It has been almost 2 weeks of usage of both the BBs telco services and within my 1st week and near 2nd week, I've noticed a few huge differences in that short period so far.
Let the saga begin!
Okay, first and foremost – Imma introduce you to what I'm currently using for EACH telco Blackberry plan and what has to offer me, in terms of price and plan. Before reviewing the mobile line services, you definitely need to know what you're gonna be in for first, right? I'll let the stats speak for themselves and from there, you can go figure 🙂
Maxis Blackberry plan
You pay RM150 nett per month for call plan, which includes SMS, MMS and calls.
You pay another RM120 nett per month for unlimited mobile data plan, which includes internet browsing, social networking and emails.
And as you pay a steep amount of RM270 every month, you can get your BB Curve 8520 for RM488.
But there's a catch. YouI will have to sign a contract with Maxis for 24 months (2 years) in order to continue. AND yoi must be a principle line holder – not a supplementary line.
But what about the deal from DiGi 's? For the exact same phone which is the Blackberry Curve 8520 smartphone, let's take a look at what they're offering yes? 🙂
DiGi Blackberry Plan
You pay for only what you use per month. That means no heebiejeebie of a fixed usage which you have to achieve. It's 5 sen per SMS to any network and 15 sen per minute for calls to any network as well. Don't forget that there's also the Friends&Family promo!
You pay another RM58 for unlimited mobile data plan which includes similarly, internet browsing, social networking and emails.
And the best part is? There are completely no commitments at all! This means you ain't binded to the telco and you can stop using or terminate your line anytime you want.
So technically, you only pay RM58 + RM as-little-as-you-want-to-use-per-month. All the freedom in the world to extensively use or use it a little as possible – entirely up to you! So if you're feelin a lil broke this month, then cut down on your calls/texts and it'll still be fine 🙂
And you'll get the Blackberry Curve 8520 smartphone for it's original price of RM1199
but that's just a one-off! It's very very worth it if you're gonna use your BB in the long run.
By now, if you're smart enough – you would have already deduced that the DiGi telco Blackberry plan is definitely more affordable and worth spending on if you're on a budget. But the only thing you don't know yet is, how RELIABLE OR UNRELIABLE each of the networks are. You'll find out soon enough 🙂
Blackberry unlimited to me means a hell lot of things. With this, my extreme internet-dependent lifestyle is enhanced by leaps and bounds. I will no longer have to rush to the nearby Starbucks nor stay out late at the wifi-enabled mamaks just to attend to my needs for being online. I could actually sit in my car in fronta some neighbour's house to tap on their wifi. To me, it's a buy beg borrow or steal thing. See how important it is? 🙂
Caught BB-ing while lou sang-ing with my friends during Ren's CNY open house
Even my colleagues, friends and family members jokingly tease me by saying that I am "busier than the prime minister" because I'm always with my BB and having to reply emails and constantly do my work on the go. Other than that, I'm religiously hooked on social networking. I blog, Tweet and Facebook a lot from my BB and sometimes stream videos for entertainment. And all these is just a small portion of why having Blackberry unlimited is indeed VERY essential to me everyday.
I even need Blackberry unlimited whilst in the middle of a river jungle in Sabah!
Without Blackberry unlimited, I am deduced to nothing (in the 21st century) and with nothing, I'd be better off disintegrated. Okay, yes I'm being hyperbolic here but that's metaphorically as close how much I rely on the internet. They even say that my BB could have grown roots to be a part of my biological anatomy. Thing is, I know some of you are prolly just as internet savy as I am or probably more! *bows* 😀
Yes even while sippin a cuppa coffee from Starbucks
Which is why Imma share with you WHICH Blackberry plan is more cost-efficient and worthy so that you don't get ripped off for the amount of money you're gonna pay for! Now that you already know what you're going to pay for, let's just see which Telco will give each other a run for their money in terms of reliability?
Which BB telco plan has a better coverage, quality and yes – which has better connection and speed of the Blackberry Internet Service (BIS). Maxis or DiGi?
It's time for me to put it to test and lay it all out on the table for you
Find out soon in the next post! 😀
Who will emerge victorious? Let the war begin
PART 2 : Along the North-South highways & hiking uphill, which Blackberry wins?
PART 3 : Putting both the Blackberry to test in the streets!
PART 4 : Dating both my Blackberries, which did I decide on in the end?
hmmh.. digi plan looks a lot better and cheaper.. lookking forward to ur next review. i wanna know about the services also cos still thinking between the two. thks for sharing
haha yup it is better! 🙂 well then you;ve got a whole lot to look forward too. it’s gonna be a full blown review on all aspects which i’ve experienced between these two! will share wotever i can
Hi i’m from penang need to add you to my bb friend list.please add 229ED3EC.thank you.
huh? Why need to add me to ur bb friend list ya?
I will put my money on DiGi! 😀
hmmmmmmm… that’s a smart bet 🙂 are you a digi user or a maxis one now btw? hehe
Android is still the best!
definitely digi 😀
Woots! I bet ur a digi customer then 🙂
no wonderla u ask me so much bout maxis n digi.. xD
DiGi ftw (maxis customer speaking btw. LOL)
haaahha yeah, i wanna confirm that ur maxis plan is the same as mine b4 i review. need to be accurate ma 🙂
Y la leave me hanging like that??!!!!
I have yet to start up my BIS plan yet. And will soon do. Ur advice is of utmost importance. =)
hehehehehehehehe. sure sure.. very very soon! 😀 i promise! yes u definitely need to know this 1st before u set up which BIS plan to use 🙂
From what I’ve heard, DiGi is the winner.
I’m also considering that RM58 for unlimited data plan. I’m always searching for wifi, sometimes I even go GPRS. Painful. Might as well go Unlimited.
Well let’s just see if what u heard is the same as my verdict! 😀 Haha. Yeah their unlimited plan is the way to go man! if not mafan only keep searchin n gettin ripped off!
My Nokia E66 will win, buahahaha! 😛
ahhaahahhhahha 😛 😛 good one. but u dont have digi in the U.S! 😛 if not, it owns!
the digi plan is definitely better in terms of economy LOL
correcto! now to see if it’s better in terms of service *winks* u’ll see 😀
haha! i like your illustrations. veli funny. looking fwd to the 2nd part of this review yah! need to know before doing my b.i.s plan. but frm the 1st part about money-plan wise then digi better
whee thanks! <3 okay okay promise will come up with the 2nd part of it soon 🙂 yeah haha its important to know what ur gonna be paying for hehe.
Digi EDGE serves me quite well, never been so connected before in my life. I find myself checking Twitter, Plurk and FB almost everywhere I go. It’s also good as a boredom killer if I have to wait for something. Digi EDGE’s speed is quite fast and in Klang Valley I’ll get EDGE. In Bidor though, it was reduced to GPRS but still not too bad.
i couldn’t agree more 🙂 haha now u know how it feels like to be connected! very good!
yo gir! u hv made up my mind 4 me..now im goin 4 d digi, tqtq
wait till u see the rest of the reviews 🙂 we’re only at part one!
i dont even have the money to get a BB, what more considering which package.. =P
ehhhh save up! ^_^ ANYTHIN is possible
i not with any of them!
iPhone + Celcom plan FTW!!!
kacau only 😛
AHHHAAHAHHAHAH go away!! *kicks* 😛
*winks* liddat only got saga begins ma! ahahaha
HTC with Starhub d best. XP *up until next year that is. hehehe*
U ALSO GO AWAY! ahahaahah 🙂 this is maxis vs digi. others can go jump bridge 😛
i’m a maxis user..aiya please tell me soon a..can’t wait to know..i do wanna a BB too… 🙂
hehe then u shud stay tuned to know what’s next on this review! 🙂 make a good choice ya!
okay..i’ll wait for ya 😛 heh
wont make u and the rest wait too long! 🙂
Wish SG telco providers had a plan where you pay for what you use. So much more worth it I think.
defintely. hmm.. with digi, its possible though. mebbe M1 and starhub will have one soon? hopefully 🙂
Very informative.. Waiting for ur next post! I wanna get a BB too.. was about to subscribe to maxis BB/Iphone till I saw ur post. But maxis line is way better over at my area.. Digi low coverage.
Btw, I am both maxis n digi user. Tee hee!
thanks! nahh.. dont take iPhone! go berry and u’ll never turn back. it’s awesome you betcha! sure, will post the next few ones soon
wah..use two bloackberry phone pula..sell me cheap one la..i buy one..
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Jess. U indeed busier than our PM. I wonder u use the BB to surf the web while still sleeping . PS: u should do the post bout Digi+ Iphone next !
ahahahahaha are u insinuating that our PM is DAMN FREE? ahahahahah or im damn busy? ahahhaha 😛 no i dun surf while sleeping but well yeah,i reply my blog comments when they come in and awake me in the middle of the night. ahahahaha >_< lol btw iPhone IS A NO GO!
2 BB to use wen i’m drooling for one???? Life is sure not fair. Thinking of going for one aft yr 2nd episode. be quicck.
*pats* hehe just u wait! u’ll know which one to decide on in no time 😀 :
Actually, Nokia E72 on DiGi will outperform the BB. Take my word for it – I did after all, ditch the BB for the E72
oooooooooo reallyyyy. i’ve been a BB user for long and I’ve loved BB ever since 🙂 hehe. i ditched all my phones for the BB 😛 😛
Heyyy dearies 😀
Sorry to keep yall waiting! Here’s the part two : https://thejessicat.com/2010/03/blackberry-unlimited-experience-review-digi-maxis/
DIGI!!! Always the smarter choice!!!!
Im planning to get the BB Bold 9700 this week.After a week of survey..i feel Digi is still the best overall.
Whts ur opinion?You can email me.Thanks
My buddy and I are always chatting on the way this blog has gotten much better over time. I love reading what you have to say and although I’m mainly just a lurker and never comment, I decided to take a step out of my norn and thank you for the well written articles that you release. I just wish at that you would take a little more time and break down in detail some of the things you talk about because the average Joe probably wouldn’t comprehend.
Jessica,the blacberry curve is now not RM1199.It is reduced to RM459?
check this out:
should i get it?It looks super cheap hehe
Just as most people don’t spend time and effort worrying about how all those poets out there can monetize their poetry, the same very well for most folks.
my wife relocated to kl last week and she is struggling to find a good bb package. she subscribed a cellcom plan last week for 88 RM per month and ended upto without blackberry service. we are basically lookig for an unlimited social networking package with bbm. could you please help me to find it out?
like i said in this post, take up DiGi. it’s cheaper and good transmission.
check out http://digi.com.my or drop by any DiGi outlets to enquire within
thx a lot. i am working overseas n wife is in kl now and i will ask her to go digi outlet. have a nice day.
u guys, what do thing about celcom? their bundle package of blackberry?
Just buy the Curve for a mere 550 separately and get the plan without commitment la,easier n far cheaper.no contracts and you can choose a data plan that suits you
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