Free BBM with BlackBerry Z10 on Cell C

Cell C announced in a press release today (25 February 2013) that it has launched the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone, powered by BlackBerry 10, in South Africa.

The BlackBerry Z10 will be available from 1 March 2013 from all Cell C stores, the mobile network revealed.

Cell C pre-paid, Top Up and post-paid customers who have a BlackBerry Z10 smartphone can select from three Cell C Service Plans to complement their current chosen subscription: the Lite Plan, the Essential Plan and the Premium Plan.

Customers who subscribe to any one of the Cell C Service Plans for the BlackBerry Z10 will receive unlimited BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) for life (including texting and file sharing – photos, video clips and voice notes), the network promised.

New BBM features (voice calling, video calling and screen sharing) are not part of the unlimited BBM offer, Cell C said.

Cell C Service Plans (available to Postpaid, Top Up and Prepaid customers) The Lite Plan The Essential Plan The Premium Plan Consumer Offer (Premium) The  Premium Plan Business Offer (Premium)
Monthly Fee R39 R57 R99 R99
BlackBerry Services Included Unlimited BlackBerry Messenger (BBM)* Unlimited BlackBerry Messenger (BBM)* Unlimited BlackBerry Messenger (BBM)* Unlimited BlackBerry Messenger (BBM)* + Unlimited BlackBerry Enterprise® Service
Included Data** 500MB** 1GB** 2GB** 2GB**
* Unlimited BBM for Life (includes texting and file sharing – photos, video clips, voice notes and files up to 6MB)
** Subject to the customer having access to a BlackBerry Z10 smartphone. Out of bundle rate for data will be charged at R0.15/MB
BlackBerry Z10 press shot
BlackBerry Z10 press shot

A monthly data allocation is also included with each service plan, Cell C explained. Should the data allocation be depleted within the month, data will then be charged at the new out of bundle rate for BlackBerry customers at R0.15/MB.

The Cell C Service Plans for the BlackBerry Z10 will be available as a recurring (automatic renewal) and once-off (valid for 30 days) option for activation by Cell C Pre-paid, Top Up and Post-paid customers.

Cell C went on to explain that the existing BlackBerry Internet Service, BlackBerry Enterprise Service, BlackBerry Social and BlackBerry Social and Email plans are not available for the new BlackBerry 10 smartphones.

However, the older service plans will continue to be available for Cell C customers using BlackBerry smartphones on BlackBerry Operating System (OS) 7.1 and earlier.

The table below summarises the “hero deals” Cell C has available for the BlackBerry Z10:

Cell C Hero Deals for the BlackBerry Z10 Straight Up 100 Lite Plan Straight Up 200 Essential Plan Straight Up 400 Premium Plan (Consumer Offer) Straight Up 400 Premium Plan (Business Offer) Straight Up 800 Premium Plan (Business offer)
Monthly Fee R389 x 24 mos. R499 x 24 mos. R599 x 24 mos. R599 x 24 mos. R899 x 24 mos.
Free Minutes 100 200 400 400 800
Free SMS/MMS 100 200 400 400 800
Free Data** 600MB** 1.2GB** 2.4GB** 2.4GB** 2.8GB**
BlackBerry Services Included Includes Unlimited BBM*** Includes Unlimited BBM*** and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10
** Subject to the customer having access to a BlackBerry Z10 smartphone. Out of bundle rate for data will be charged at R0.15/MB
*** Unlimited BBM for Life (includes texting and file sharing – photos, video clips, voice notes and files up to 6MB)

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