It is no secret that BlackBerry is aggressively growing its user base in South Africa, and this trend is likely to continue with the BlackBerry brand enjoying exceptional support and cheaper BlackBerry contracts emerging.
Recent research by World Wide Worx revealed that six times as many people want a BlackBerry than currently own a BlackBerry. This bodes well for BlackBerry which currently enjoys a market share of around 4% in the local handset market.
This increased demand, coupled with aggressively priced BlackBerry contracts unveiled by Vodacom and MTN this month are likely to boost BlackBerry’s presence in South Africa.
Vodacom has recently launched two new BlackBerry Top Up contracts with very aggressive pricing:
1. BlackBerry Curve 8520 for R149 per month on Top Up 135 S
2. BlackBerry Bold 9700 for R249 per month on Top Up 200 S
The Top Up 135 S contract includes R135 worth of airtime per month, whereas the Top Up 200 S includes R200 worth of airtime per month.
Both contracts are billed per-second and include a subscription to the BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) which typically costs R59 per month.
Vodacom is also offering the BlackBerry Bold 9700 to clients on a Talk 100 package for R279 per month, and the BlackBerry Pearl 3G on a business package for R199 per month.
Not to be outdone, MTN is offering the BlackBerry Bold 9700 on an anytime 100 contract for R249 per month, and the Pearl 3G on the same contract for R219 per month.
MTN is also offering the BlackBerry Curve 8520 on an anytime 100 contract, including a BIS service, for R149 a month.
Cell C is also offering good value in the BlackBerry space with its BlackBerry Curve 9300 on a BlackBerry Allweek 100 package for R199 per month.
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