Trying to understand how BB10 works before I take the plunge
I'm with Rogers on a LTE BB unlimited plan, and a BB 9790.
I plan to upgrading to a Z/Q10 later this year but I read here that there is no more BIS, and consequently no more BB plans with Rogers; I checked Roger's site and I could not find any BB plans any more...
My plan is $52.13/month with 500MB traffic included; what they have now at this price has only 150MB...
So, what are my options?
1. stay with the current plan
2. upgrade to... what?
3. switch carriers?!
Thanks for enlightening me.
Last edited by aldebaran12; 02-07-13 at 11:03 AM.
- 02-07-13, 11:13 AM #2
First I have a question... how can you have an LTE BB plan when up until now, there's never been an LTE BB?
As for your question, just call them up and adjust your plan for more data. If you've been with them for a while, they'll bump you up for minimal cost. I had the 500mb too but upgraded to 1g to be safe. I never even came close to using the 500 so I'm confident that 1g should be enough..... for me at least.
- 02-07-13, 11:21 AM #3
So, yes, BB-specific plans are going away. In the long run, this is really a good thing, because it makes it much easier to compare plans back and forth.
No idea what your typical usage is, so it's hard to comment on whether you'd do better or not. I CAN tell you that LTE is pretty amazing, but I can see it becoming addictive. My strategy would be to identify all of the Wi-Fi opportunities at your disposal and see how many of them you make use of. One point: Dropbox on the Z10 allows you to disable syncing over the cell network. I can see that saving tons of bandwidth.
What I'd say the biggest determining factor should be for ANYONE going to BB10 is: what apps and/or BB features do you use now? Are they available yet, or a suitable substitute? And if no, is that a showstopper?
- 02-07-13, 11:33 AM #4
I think you'll love the BB10 experience. So different than previous OS's. You will however, notice that there are some major differences in terms of customization of your phone. For example, bedside mode only has an on / off option. There is no option to turn it on at a certain time, etc. I would have to think this will be changed in a software update soon, (Maybe by the US launch???), but good things to know. Also, things like shrink emails to fit your screen are not available on the current BB10. Again, a lot of these things I would think are going to be changed in a software update. I'm with Rogers, and their LTE is very fast. We are on a family share plan with 4GB data, and don't tend to go over with 2 iPhones, 1 GS3 and my Z10.
Like I said, I am on a LTE BB plan since March 2012.
As for upgrading my MB allowance, I never used more than 25MB so I see no need. I have WiFi at work and at home and I use it intensively.
Thanks for answering my question though.
However, I don't undrstand how the elimination of BIS will increase the data traffic, care to explain?
And one more: if I whitch to BB10, would it be possible to use my OS7 device again?
- 02-10-13, 07:18 PM #7
OP, I'd definitely recommend upgrading your data plan. I have used just over 1GB in the last 6 days on my Z10.
Call up Rogers during business hours and select Account Changes, Other Options, Cancel A Feature. This way you will get through to customer relations, the department that can give you special deals. They have access to better plans than those listed on the website. Just explain that you want to renew your contract but only if you can get more data without spending more. Most likely they will be able to help you.
I am with Rogers for almost 15 years but they can't care less. And I am not on a contract, but on a monthly basis, I paid full price for my phone in order not to be tied to a contract.
Not sure I want to switch right now and if it is such a MB eater I'm even less convinced; I use mostly WiFi and occasionally browse the web on the cellular network so I'm not sure I really need to upgrade to more MB.
- 02-10-13, 07:34 PM #9
- 02-10-13, 07:35 PM #10
It's sounding like BB10 might work quite well for you. I'd say that the BIS traffic increase is probably more theoretical than anything else. It offered data compression, but not on the real bandwidth hogs like streaming audio or video. I'm not even completely clear on how much it actually compressed data, so I'm not sure you'd be missing that much.
I know many users prefer physical keyboards, but seriously, the Z10 keyboard almost qualifies as a whole new text entry method. Might be worth your while to at least try it.
As for using your OS7 device again... Are you thinking that you'd like to have the option to go back to your OS7 device if you don't like BB10? If that's the case it shouldn't be a huge issue (especially given what you've stated for usage). The Desktop Manager used for OS7 and previous doesn't really play nicely with Blackberry Link, so I wouldn't advise having them installed together on the same computer. I'd also warn that to migrate a BB10 phone BACK to OS7 might not be the easiest thing in the world, but it wouldn't be impossible.
- 02-10-13, 07:37 PM #11
Rogers does care and customer relations don't want to lose a customer. I had them waive my upgrade free, waive my activation fee, increase my data and give me unlimited minutes for free 2 nights ago... sometimes you have to call back and speak to a different person. Some are willing to bend over backwards for you.
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I believe that if I stay with my current plan I will be able to switch devices back and forth; but most likely I will not switch back if I upgrade.
As for data usage, my max was 25MB so even tripling that I will stay well within my current 500MB.
- 02-10-13, 10:56 PM #15
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