Frugal Tip: A Blackberry For Less Than 50 Bucks
Over my last MBA weekend, I asked one of my team mates how much his Blackberry cost him. He was probably the first guy I met with a Black that is not paid by his employer! As a financial planner, mine would not be paid by my employer either but I think it would be very efficient to have one.
The main feature I am looking for is to have access to my agenda everywhere I go.
He said that his Black cost him about $20 and that he pays $30 a month to use it. Impossible. That is nonsense I replied. It can’t be that cheap; it is what I paid for my regular cell phone with a 3 years contract.
He smiled back at me and said: “me too”. Huh? So here how he did it:
#1: He add a regular cell phone with
#2: So he went on E Bay to buy an old and used version of this type of phone for $15 plus shipping. I would say that it is probably part of the first generation; black and white, no Bluetooth. However, it works perfectly find.
#3: He took his SIM card from his existing cell phone and plugged it in new (old) Blackberry. A few seconds later he got his signal and everything was working perfectly.
Can this work with every cell phone provider? I don’t know. However, we decided to use my SIM card into his phone to see what would happen. The phone reopened and was showing my phone number under my Videotron network.
So you can almost have a full Blackberry operational for less than $40 a month and the phone itself cost almost nothing.
Where is the catch?
If you noticed, I used the expression “almost have a full Blackberry”. Obviously, if you use your existing SIM card that is link to a normal cell phone plan, you will not get access to internet or your emails. So for those who are looking to communicate with their little tool on the road, it won’t work.
However, there is nothing stopping you using your Black for schedule management and take notes wherever you are. I still have to try it (I didn’t buy mine yet), but my friend is able to link it to his outlook and transfer his agenda back and forth. So I can technically update my agenda in my phone every time I log on my laptop.
I definitely try it as I have not much too loose. In fact, I have a big $30-$40 (the price of the phone) on the line. I’ll definitely try it and advise if it works well for me 😀
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