BlackBerry Buyer Guide UK networks

Here in the UK we have the top 5 networks for buying your mobile phone on - O2 UK, Vodafone UK, T-Mobile UK, Orange and Three. Although T-Mobile and Orange trade under an individual name they merged back in July 2010, so a lot of their tariffs end up being very similar if not the same. With a handful of networks it is sometimes hard to know what networks sells which BlackBerry and where the best deal lies. Of course you have Phones 4 U and Carphone Warehouse that deal with all the networks but first off we shall look at BlackBerry devices and tariffs available directly from the networks. The costs shown are for a 24-month contract. For an 18-month contract add £5 to the monthly cost, unless otherwise stated.

O2 Logo 

BlackBerry devices available:

    BlackBerry Bold 9900 BlackBerry Curve 9320        
    Bold 9900  Curve 9360 Curve 9320 Monthly Cost Minutes Texts Data
    £179.99 £59.99 Free £16.50 50 250 500MB
    £104.99 Free Free £21.50 200 Unlimited 500MB
    £79.99 Free Free £27 300 Unlimited 500MB
    £59.99 Free Free £32 600 Unlimited 500MB
    Free - - £37 900 Unlimited 750MB
    Free - - £42 1200 Unlimited 750MB
    Free - - £57 Unlimited Unlimited 750MB
      9360 in Purple or Black Red or Black        

    The above prices are for O2's medium data plans that are either 500MB or 750MB per month. You can get a maximum of 1GB data per month paying adding about £4 on top of the above monthly prices.

    For more information on BlackBerry deals on O2 

    Vodafone Logo 

    BlackBerry devices available on the network:

      BlackBerry Bold 9900 BlackBerry Torch 9680 BlackBerry Curve 9360BlackBerry Curve 9320BlackBerry Curve 8520      
      Bold 9900 Bold 9790 Curve 9360/9320/8520 Monthly Cost Minutes Texts Data
      £149 £19 Free
      £25 100 Unlimited 100MB
      £99 Free Free £29 300 Unlimited 250MB
      Free Free Free £33 600 Unlimited 500MB
      Free - - £37 Unlimtied Unlimited 1GB
          8520 in Violet, 9320 in Black, Pink, Violet or Blue        

      Vodafone have lower plans available too for the Curve models, you can visit the Vodafone website for more details on those. 

      For more information on BlackBerry deals on Vodafone 

      Three UK Logo 

      BlackBerry devices available on the network:

      BlackBerry Bold 9900 BlackBerry Bold 9790 BlackBerry Curve 9320 BlackBerry Curve 9360        
      Bold 9900 Bold 9790 Curve 9320 Curve 9360 Monthly Plan Minutes Texts Data
      £35 £32  £25 £35 The One Plan 2000 5000 Unlimited
      £33 £30 £23 £30 Ultimate Internet 1000 1000 5000 Unlimited
      £31 £28 £21 £28 Ultimate Internet 500 500 5000 Unlimited

      £28
      upfront £149

      £26
      upfront £99
      £19 £26 Ultimate Internet 300 300 5000 Unlimited
      £25
      upfront £199
      £23
      upfront £129
      £17 £23
      upfront £69
      Ultimate Internet 100 100 5000 Unlimited
      £28 £25 £18 £25 Essential Internet 500 500 5000 250MB
      £25
      upfront £149

      £23
      upfront £99

      £16 £23 Essential Internet 300 300 5000 250MB
      £22
      upfront £199
      £20
      upfront £129
      £14 £20
      upfront £69
      Essential Internet 100 100 5000 250MB
      - - £13 - Essential 50 500 5000 250MB

      Three UK have jiggled their price plans lately and while The One Plan is still available, two other plans have been introduced - Ultimate Internet plan and Essential Internet plan. All plans give you 5000 texts. The One Plan includes an extra 5000 mins to call other Three UK mobile numbers. It is also a bit more complicated in the fact that, depending on what device you get, you can pay more or less for the same plan. The table above is slightly different from the other tables due to this reason but it gives you an idea.

      For more information on BlackBerry deals on Three 

      Orange Logo 

      BlackBerry devices available on the network:

      BlackBerry Bold 9900 BlackBerry Bold 9790 BlackBerry Curve 9380        
      Bold 9900 Bold 9790 Curve 9320/9360 Monthly Cost Minutes Texts Data
      £209.99 £99.99 Free £20.50 100 Unlimited 500MB
      £159.99 Free Free £26 200 Unlimited 750MB
      £109.99 Free Free £31 400 Unlimited 750MB
      Free Free Free £35 1000 Unlimited 750MB
      Free Free Free £36 600 Unlimited 1GB
      Free Free Free £41 900 Unlimited 1GB
          9320 In Black or White        


      The above tariffs are the Panther plans. There is the Dolphin plans at the same cost, you get more minutes but less data per month. The Curve 9360 is available free from on £15.50 per month and the Curve 9320 is available from free on £10.50 per month. All contracts are 24 months.

      For more information on BlackBerry deals on Orange 

      T-Mobile UK 

      BlackBerry devices available on the network:

      BlackBerry Bold 9900 BlackBerry Bold 9790 BlackBerry Curve 9320 BlackBerry Curve 9360 BlackBerry Curve 9320        
      Bold 9900 Bold 9790 Curve 9380 Curve 9360 Curve 9320 Monthly Cost Minutes Texts Data
      £310 £200 £50 £100 Free £10.50 50 250 250MB
      £260 £150 Free £50 Free £15.50 50 250 750MB
      £210 £100 Free  Free Free £21 50 250 1.5GB
      £160 £50 Free Free Free £26 300/100/600 Unlimited Texts or Landline Calls 750MB/1.5GB/250MB
      £110 Free Free  Free Free £31 900/600/300 Unlimited Texts or Landline Calls 250MB/750MB/1.5GB
      60 Free Free Free Free £36 2000 Unlimited T-Mob call and texts Unlimited
      Free Free Free Free Free £41 Unlimited mins, texts and data    
                             

      For more information on BlackBerry deals on T-Mobile

      Don't forget we have our international forums where you can interact with other members for more information. If you're new to BlackBerry then you may also want to check out our BlackBerry 101 section for tips, tricks and how-to guides.

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