It’s Time to Play with Blackberry Playbook

While it took years for Blackberry phones to be released in the Philippine market, I am glad that only took a short time for the Blackberry Playbook to be available here from the time of its initial US release.

Thanks to our homegrown network providers, Globe Telecom and Sun Cellular, I wouldn’t have to wait for a relative’s homecoming to get hold of one.

Now, the only thing left to do is to choose which postpaid plan bundles would suit you best – in terms of the service inclusions and of course, the price.

Globe's BlackBerry Playbook offer

Hereunder are tables comparing the Blackberry Playbook Plans of Globe Telecom and Sun Cellular.

Side by side comparison of Globe’s and Sun’s Playbook offer

Globe has a wider range of Blackberry handsets to choose from. Aside from the Blackberry Curve 8520, it also offers the Curve 9300 3G and Torch 9800. Visit globe.com.ph for the complete list of handhelds in this Plan.

If you avail of the Globe My Super Plan 2499 with no add-ons and freebies, only the regular rates for call, text, mobile internet and Blackberry Service will apply and even on top of the P2499 monthly service fee. Meanwhile, for the Sun Cellular plan, already included in the P999 plan are the Call and Text Unlimited service, unlimited Blackberry Service and unlimited mobile internet.

For this, of course, the better choice is Sun Cellular. Given the bridge functioning of the Playbook, if your handset is already activated with BIS and unlimited mobile internet, then you are already good to go. Globe’s package will still require you to make additional subscriptions in order to maximize the use of these gadgets.

Initial Cash Out

In terms of initial cash out, Globe stands as the more economical choice. Basing it from its lowest plan offerings, My Super Plan 2499 or the My Super Surf Plan 2499, you will only have to pay a total of P7999, compared to that of Sun Cellular – a whooping P22,999. TechPinas has priced the 16GB for P23990. Hence, it’s almost the same as purchasing the Playbook from an authorized retailer outlet and paying in full.

Monthly Service Fee

Globe may have the lower cash out but it can be quite heavy to pay P2499 monthly for 24 months. As for Sun Cellular, even if the initial shell out is high, at least the succeeding months of subscription wouldn’t be as heavy on the pocket. Plus, if you get the total of everything for the lowest plan rates, it’s P67,975 for Globe and P52,969 for Sun Cellular! That means, if you get the latter deal, you’ll be able to save at least P15,000!

The Verdict

Given the aforementioned points of comparison, this is almost a no-brainer. Sun Cellular has won my vote on this. I like that the plan already includes the services I would need to maximize the use of my Playbook – no more frills on additional subscriptions for data services and not so heavy monthly service fees. It’s a best-value offer that is hard to resist.

The Battle of BlackBerry Plans

Because of the growing popularity of BlackBerry and the close calls between all BIS plans, I wanted to do a review on the BlackBerry Plans available in the market today. So I browsed the internet to find the most recent deals available from Smart, Globe and Sun.

Of course we know that Globe was the first to offer BlackBerry plans and now they offer the BlackBerry Curve 8520 free starting Plan 999. With this package, the 999 is consumable for both texting and calling intra and inter network. However, the key part of any BlackBerry handheld which is its BlackBerry Service is an Add-on service which you would have to subscribe to separately or have padded on to your plan. Possibly, their biggest come on is their pay per use BB Max, BB Messaging, BB Social service. With MAX, you get surfing and the whole BIS package for the one whole day at P50. For Messaging you get email and BBM for just P299 per 30 days. For Social, you get access to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter for the low price of P299/ month as well.

For most of my friends on Globe’s BlackBerry they’re monthly service is P999 plus P299 which is P1298.00 per month that comes with a free BlackBerry Curve 8520 and a 24-month lock in period.

Smart also has its own BlackBerry offerings though they seem more intent in pushing HTC handhelds. Smart offers the same Social and Lite at the same price P299/month. They are also available for prepaid subscribers via the Smart Buddy Max, Social and Lite. The Social and Lite are P35 per day.

The last entrant into the game, as usual, is Sun Cellular. Though last in the race to BlackBerry offers, they have launched a solid offer that is equally, if not more valuable, than Globe’s.

They had the Great BlackBerry Deal 999 where for just P999 / month you get a BlackBerry Curve 8520 with unlimited calls and texts Sun-to-Sun and unlimited mobile internet. It also had a bonus of free 3 months of BlackBerry service. To some it was a so, so deal but  I thought at P999 per month you get not just a BlackBerry handheld but a solid postpaid plan.

Just recently, they launched the Complete BlackBerry Package. For the same P999/month, you get a BlackBerry Curve 8520, unlimited mobile internet, unlimited BlackBerry Service, unlimited call and texts to Sun. Of course, like all other plans, its under a holding period. In this case 30 months. That’s 3 unlimited services. Totally a good deal, right? It smacks all other offers out there.

Remember the time when you used your BlackBerry smartphone, you’d always get surprised by the HUGE mobile internet charges they cost you? If for P999 a month you won’t get any of that, I think it’s a pretty good deal entirely.

But I bet you would agree that if they offer Curve 9300, it would be the most awesome thing on the battle for the best BlackBerry service, won’t it?