Vodafone BlackBerry Storm Pricing!

By Kevin Michaluk on 30 Oct 2008 12:59 pm EDT
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Vodafone BlackBerry Storm Pricing

Vodafone revealed the pricing plans yesterday for RIM's first-ever touchscreen smartphone, the BlackBerry Storm. Via SiliconRepublic.com, the new device will be available via four initial price plans, with a number of free options on three of those plans:

  • Under the Perfect Choice Access 100 plan, the Storm handset will retail for €109.99 and will cost €49.99 a month as part of a bundle that will include 100 minutes, 100 texts, 1GB of BlackBerry email, mobile TV and 10 full-track music downloads.
  • Under the Perfect Choice Access 200 plan, the Storm handset will retail for €64.99 and will cost €64.99 a month as part of a bundle that will include 200 minutes, 200 texts, 1GB of BlackBerry email, mobile TV and 10 full-track music downloads.
  • Under the Perfect Choice Access 400 plan, the Storm handset will retail for €69.99 and will cost €84.99 a month as part of a bundle that will include 400 minutes, 400 texts, 1GB of BlackBerry email, mobile TV and 10 full-track music downloads.
  • And under the Perfect Choice Access 600 plan, the Storm handset will retail for €49.99 and will cost €99.99 a month as part of a bundle that will include 600 minutes, 600 texts, 1GB of BlackBerry email, mobile TV and 10 full-track music downloads.

According to Vodafone, a number of free options for calls, texts and landline minutes will accompany the Perfect Choice Access 200, 400 and 600 price plans, whereby purchasers can choose between 100, 200 and 400 calls and texts or 100, 200 and 400 landline minutes respectively.

Additional call charges that will be applied to the pricing plans if users go beyond their package allocation will range between 18 cent and 30 cent, 11 cent per text message, €2 per megabyte of BlackBerry email and 2 cent per kilobyte of Vodafone Live.

Any Vodafone subscribers in the house? What do you think of the Storm's pricing?

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36 comments

Anonymous!

Is it me... or do those plans kinda suck?

mikenycom

is it just me, or is that pricing extremely cheap?

Rutgers Manc

Voda plans SUCK... or is it europe?!

i have verizon and for $69.99 i get 900 minutes 500 texts AND insurance

they're ripping ya'll off

ghostzapper

What really sucks is seeking out unbiased and reliable information on RIM and Blackberry and seeing the raving iphone fanboy site over at BGR and then one tunes into this site and seeing any Anonymous poster can put forth their 2 cents. What these 2 sites are great at disseminating is disinformation on RIM! Look how easy it is to smack down a stock when you have sites such as these to incubate your manipulative plan.

anon

disseminating, disinformation, incubate, manipulative?

did you have a thesaurus handy when putting in your "2 cents"?

layman's terms would be a better way of getting your point across.

CGSCOT

I think that the handset prices is good but the monthly price & bundle rather poor in comparison to other carriers....they obviosuly make their money back through the monthly bills & give you a cheaper handset.
Not bothered about the 10 track music, I can transfer all the music i want to the SD card & the TV ? Well how much I would use that I don't know.

I'm on O2 & get 300mins, 300 texts, Unlimted Blackberry E-mail (ok its not actually unlimited but i've never gone over & had to pay extra) all for £35 per month & they gave me a Free 8100....I got an unlocked Bold & still kept my same contract.

I would prefer to get an Unlocked Storm & pay a little more for the handset & keep to my cheaper tarriff for more mins/texts on my carrier....those deals wouldn't make me switch carriers.

1 USD = 1.62 GBP = 1.28 EUR, Just for reference ;)

Anonymous!

Yeah... that's what I meant... The prices are fine, but one would be paying too much on the actual rate plans.

Example:
And under the Perfect Choice Access 600 plan, the Storm handset will retail for €49.99 and will cost €99.99 a month as part of a bundle that will include 600 minutes, 600 texts, 1GB of BlackBerry email, mobile TV and 10 full-track music downloads.

that's 99.00 GBP = 161.812 USD for 600 minutes? Not that much if you ask me.

Anonymous!

On top of that... 1 GB per month isn't really all that much either!

devman

€ is Euro. £ is GBP.

€99 is $127.12

Crystall09

Is Vodafone CDMA or GSM?

BigBright757

Vodafone is GSM based carrier.

tardman91

Just for reference:
1 USD = .61 GBP
1 USD = .77 EUR
For minute there I was going to move to Europe. Haha.

sethjk

So I don't know how plans typically are in the UK, but in the US, I pay about 80 (with a discount) for 450 minutes, unlimited nights/weekends, unlimited verizon to verizon, unlimited texts and unlimited data/blackberry. WIthout my discount, with taxes, I'd pay about $100.
Really hoping that hte Storm contract will be identical.

a;ldkfhvb;ldf

completely agree with the post above. on ATT, my plan is pretty much exactly the same and i hope when i switch to verizon, the phone pricing is reasonable. none of those prices convert to more than $150USD for the device itself, but i doubt the US will sell it for less than $250-300... capitalism at its finest.

Average Joseph

Your Storm will have the same monthly rates as any other Blackberry in the VZW portfolio. The only real question for us Americans is what the hardware cost will be.

I was hoping to see the price in line with the iPhone 3G subsidized rate at either $199.99 or $249.99 after rebate, but after seeing that the Bold (which is a far less expensive device to produce because it has no touchscreen) is going for $299.99 AFTER the rebate from AT&T, I'm starting to think we're looking at a Storm that will go for something more like $429.99 minus a $70 rebate.

This saddens me. I'm not paying $350 for a blackberry WITH a 2 year contract.

FrenchCrackberry

At&t Iphone = $ 199
T-mo G1 htc = $ 179 ( Website )

So verizon can't release it at $299

That's what i'm Guessing

Katsumoto

I pay the exact same price for all the features named. Im just going to end up paying for it flat out and just switch it over to my account and run the same contract. There would have been a cheaper way up front to buy the phone but on the backside it would of cost more with the bill being increased by about 50 if im not mistaken.

FrenchCrackberry

Come on Voda , you can do better .....
I hope it will not be those plan in France ..... No Wifi so give us an Unlimited acces to Internet .........

A.non

Looks like European prices, no one in the UK would pay 100 pounds pcm for 600 mins and who uses that many txt?

I'd guess UK prices read approx; 60 where 99.99, 45/50 where 84.99, 40 where 69.99, and 30/35 where 49.99. Otherwise it won't compete it would be way too expensive!

Also might have it free on anything above 45/50. All will be 18mth contracts if not longer, that is now close to standard. The 1 GB is reasonable but many will overshoot that = consumer cost.

Possible F1 tie-ins as well!

Anonymous Also

I have a question. Has anyone heard about the Storm possibly coming to Sprint? I have been holding out hoping it comes; but I may have to make a change if they're not getting anything (other than the windows mobile phones I mean).

tweyman

Thoe price plans are very expensive considering what is available from other UK networks. Quite please that the most you will pay for the Storm is 110! Are the prices quoted in euros or pounds?

dsquared2

you didnt even say thanks

vdubnbass

Wow, that is a really cheap price for the storm! $143 bucks , again...wow! Massive ripoff with those plans though. But looks like we'll be the ones getting ripped off by the storm's US pricing. My bet is that it'll be 250USD!

vdubnbass

Wow, that is a really cheap price for the storm! $143 bucks , again...wow! Massive ripoff with those plans though. But looks like we'll be the ones getting ripped off by the storm's US pricing. My bet is that it'll be 250USD!

tonyreilly

So. the prices (note, these are official on the Vodafone Site - http://www.vodafone.ie/planscosts/paymonthly/access/ ).

They are not bad, comparable to the current price structure with a few extras thrown in for "free".
I'm currently on "Perfect Choice 400" and pay for 1gb of Data a month, and that comes in at about 84euro. The "Perfect Choice Access 400" for an extra 5euro, had the following:

**All our new Perfect Choice Access price plans include 3G infotainment every month:

* 1Gb of BlackBerry email and web
* 1Gb Vodafone live!
* Mobile TV
* 10 full-track music downloads

**=taken from Vodafones site.

So, to sum up, it's not actually that bad (although I have to say, feck Vodafone Live! what a piece of rubbish, glad to see i still get my 1gb of web data each month. 10 free music tracks doesn't hurt either!)

Hope that helps,
Tony.

spektakle

The US plans are cheap... here in Canada our plans suck the phones cost more up front and they are all 3 year f'n contracts.

Casper TFG not logged in

I am in the UK is there chance I could get the wrong type of phone for trips in the USA / Europe?

I am a little confused about the different bands on different phones..

Tummy Sticks

When in the hell are we going to see prices and plans for Verizon? Im hoping the Storm will be a decent price as well as the plans.

paddy1

These are the prices for Ireland which are always more expensive than other countries so prices for UK and rest of Europe will be much cheaper/more mins & data incl than the irish prices

MadtownTim

That's damn cheap for the Storm. 109.99 Euros equals about $141 US.

Does that seem a little low to anyone else? Like, maybe $390 too low?

AnonymousWriter

To everyone who hopes its not priced too high... just don't buy it if you don't like the price! I'm not saying a ton of people are whining but that IS the beauty of a free capitalistic economy (well for now.. but im not going to get into politics, haha). They make you pay X amount... and you either buy it or you don't. No one is forcing you.

As far as prices / plans outside the US, I feel for you. I'm sure their costs are related to higher prices (i.e. taxes paid to the government). I wouldn't be surprised if they actually made the same or even less profit once it was all said and done.

Then we have places like japan who just are tiny land masses and no one has a plan.. you pay as you go. Eventually we might get there.. who knows.

Anyway, if the Storm is not buggy OR lag / have a lot of issues, I will buy it, regardless of the price. Pricing isn't and issue at all for me.. just when its coming out! :P For everyone else who has a tight budget.. DON'T buy it if you can't afford it. that is all :)

camperdown9

Hi

Vodafone in the UK are going to hope that the Storm will take away sales from o2 & the iPhone.

Currently iPhone rates are as follows:

Monthly Charge £30
Handset Cost 8/16GB £99/159
mins/text 75/125

Monthly Charge £35
Handset Cost 8/16GB £99/159
mins/text 600/500

Monthly Charge £45
Handset Cost 8/16GB free/£59
mins/text 1200/500

Monthly Charge £75
Handset Cost 8/16GB free/free
mins/text 3000/500

Also included is unlimited data and unlimited wifi via
the cloud and BT open zones. The above are all 18 month contracts.

"Under the Perfect Choice Access 400 plan, the Storm handset will retail for €69.99 (£55) and will cost €84.99 (£66.50) a month as part of a bundle that will include 400 minutes, 400 texts, 1GB of BlackBerry email, mobile TV and 10 full-track music downloads"

OK so the storm handset will be cheaper but you get less per month.

O2 iPhone £35 per month gives you 600 mins and 500 text
Vodafone Storm £66.50 per month = 400 mins and 400 text

My guess is that Vodafone will have different plans for the UK. If not its not going to sell well.

Alex

Paul R

I would have liked to have seen an option for more texts and less calls - as I send far more text messages that I do spend minutes on the phone!

With the Perfect Choice Access 600 plan I would probably use all the texts, but only 200 mins of talktime :-(

A.non

"From £35 a month you could get:

a free BlackBerry Storm smartphone
600 inclusive minutes talk time
unlimited texts, email and internet"

source; http://blackberry.vodafone.co.uk/storm/?WT_ref=INT-Storm-061008-BizCentr...

I'm there already, this will sell like hot cakes!

p.s. I think I'm owed something for this exclusive!

A.non

source;http://shop.vodafone.co.uk/mobile-phones/pay-monthly/price-plans/

12/18/24 month contracts - but more price options under the 18 month plans! The details below are 18 month plans.

Phone free on £40 and above tariffs/plans, or £300 on £15 to £35.

Unlimited txt on all but £30 / 700 mins / 250 txt & £35 / 700 mins / 250 txt. But these two special plans have unlimited landline calls - a bonus if you want it.

Internet not inclusive on £15 to £30 plans. But from £35 to £80 (3000 mins); Unlimited Mobile Internet & Email. Includes BlackBerry email.

Its looking great!

camperdown9

I was going to wait and buy one on ebay and use it with a sim only account. However thats what I did for my Bold and the bloody thing broke after a few weeks and as its from ebay no back up.

Anyway now I can't wait until 11th November.

Alex