Now we’re talking… Irvine’s Boost Mobile added a BlackBerry phone to its lineup today — the company’s first smartphone.
It’s the aging BlackBerry Curve 8330, which Sprint added in April 2008. But hey, it’s a BlackBerry, which means Web, e-mail, apps and all the regular goodies of a smartphone. Boost is teaming the Curve with a $60 per month unlimited plan using Sprint’s 3G wireless network. The phone itself is $249.99 before taxes.
This isn’t your typical BlackBerry. Boost is aiming for the youthful social networking crowd with the phone and touting its Internet features and links to Facebook, Twitter, etc. According to the fine print (details below), this won’t connect with corporate e-mail and you can’t make conference calls. Consider it a BlackBerry on a diet.
It’s not the first time a BlackBerry has been offered to the prepaid crowd. Last March, MetroPCS added the same BlackBerry to its product line. MetroPCS was charging $50 a month at the time. New MetroPCS plans for 2010, however, now cost $60/month for the BlackBerry.
And, as most BlackBerry users know, unlimited plans with traditional wireless companies tend to cost $10 to $30 more per month. Boost and MetroPCS plans don’t require a contract.
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The Fine Print: Boost’s BlackBerry plan does NOT include BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which gives access to corporate e-mail. This service is not available, according to the fine print. Also, in all caps, Boost says that “UNLIMITED USE DOES NOT MEAN UNREASONABLE USE.” What are some of those unreasonable uses? Conference calling, monitoring services, data transmissions, telemarketing, autodialed calls, other commercial uses.
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