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Pay As You Go - Blackberry Add-On

Status: Implemented
by ssingh on ‎20-05-2010 19:15

So far only 2 mobile providers in the UK offer blackberry services on PAYG; Orange and T-Mobile. At £5 a month with Orange you get access to the Blackberry Internet Service (Email,Blackberry Messenger, MSN Messenger, Facebook, Twitter etc.). Orange however for texting and calling is quiet expensive. If GiffGaff were to offer Blackberry services on its PAYG service, it would give GiffGaff a competitve advantage in the market. It would firstly be an affordable choice for texting and voice calling, but what would set it out amongst the other providers even more is that they offer Blackberry on PAYG.

by jonmd
on ‎20-05-2010 19:43

Not really that likely, seeing as though O2 themselves don't offer it. I also wonder whether £5 would be viable for Giffgaff given that they have already dismissed unlimited internet for £5 as not being viable. I believe it also needs a dedicated server with proprietary software to make BIS work.

by peterb
on ‎20-05-2010 20:42

would love that

by jonc
‎21-05-2010 02:56 - edited ‎21-05-2010 02:57

It could be an add on in addition to internet ( as the Blackberry service books are really a different service running over GPRS anyway).


The thing about prepay BIS Blackberry is that you don't get the enterprise level BES push features unless you pay loads more on contract... However at work we've just upgraded our mail server to BES Express (sounds like an 80's dance record) which allows basic BIS users all the benifits of BES on a prepay BIS account... but I dirgress.


TBH, IMHO Blackberries are pretty poor for email unless you have the full £££$$$ corporate server package but this would be great for my old 8310.



by emontes
on ‎25-05-2010 05:56

I believe BlackBerry is the best platform for emails even the BIS one. This is their primary activity isnt it? Smiley Happy

But I don't believe GG will have BlackBerry services, it would be too expensive to have the solution I'm afraid.

by vincent
on ‎27-05-2010 10:04
Status changed to: Under Consideration
We're looking at doing this, but it's very diffecult to implement and costly. So it's not a short term goal for us.
by gawright
on ‎06-08-2010 10:23

Out of interest, what does the BIS allow you to do that you can't do with standard Internet access?

by 3243kyle
on ‎15-08-2010 20:28

i really like your idea,, maybe gg could do goodybags for blackberry,, for example;

£10 a month, 50mins unlimited blackberry data service and unlimited texts

by misterlj
on ‎20-08-2010 09:08

It'd be good to see GG introduce it. @ gawright BIS is the connection to RIM's network which enables you to recieve / send emails and use blackberry messenger. Without BIS you will not be able to use these services.

by gawright
on ‎20-08-2010 12:52
Hi Thanks for replying. I realised that but I don't understand what advantage it gives over standard methods. All other smartphones can send email and access the internet without the network providing specialist servers. What the advantage of the non standard blackberry method?

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