We announced a short while back that UK MVNO giffgaff would be selling smartphones (including the BlackBerry Q10) and not just minutes, SMS and data as they have traditionally done. So for UK consumers looking to pick up the Q10 I thought it was worth diving a little deeper into the options that they offer as the're quite unique as far as I'm aware - and have a solution for folk with plenty of cash up front - and for those without so much to spend initially.
In terms of purchasing the BlackBerry Q10 from giffgaff, customers will have four options for how much they pay for the handset in advance - and also four options for the length of the payments. These are as follows:
Clearly, the more money you part with up front and the longer the payments are split will get you the cheapest price that you'll need to pay monthly. And of course, if you reverse this and pay the minimum over just six months you'll be shelling out a bigger sum each month which makes perfect sense. For folk that just want to buy the phone outright you can do so and giffgaff are charging £453.00 (SIM Free) at the time of publication.
Then it's onto goodybags - which if you are not aware is what giffgaff call their bundle purchase options. They have five to choose from and are all great value for money:
- £7.50 - 200 mins, unlimited SMS & 250MB of data
- £10.00 - 500 mins, unlimited SMS & 1GB of data
- £12.00 - 250 mins, unlimited SMS & unlimited data
- £15.00 - 500 mins, unlimited SMS & unlimited data
- £20.00 - 2000 mins, unlimited SMS & unlimited data
So after you have decided how much to pay in advance for the Q10, how long to split the payments and which goodybag to buy you'll be presented with two amounts - one due now and the other being the monthly payment based on buying the same goodybag each month, although you can switch goodybags at any time if you need to.
Decisions, decisions, but ones I like. It makes a nice change to have so many options. Nice work giffgaff!