Virgin Mobile is selling the BlackBerry Curve 9320 on its Premier plan for £11.50 for the first six months and £23 for the rest of the two-year contract. That’s a total cost of ownership of £483 which translates into an effective monthly cost of just over £20.
The plan includes unlimited calls to Virgin Mobile numbers, unlimited minutes to landlines, 2,500 mobile minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited mobile web. What’s interesting with the latter is that it is a truly unlimited package, one that actually allows tethering. Three network is the only other UK network to allow this.
But that’s not all, if you are a Virgin Media customer already, you will get free insurance worth £8 a month that promises to replace your phone (either stolen or lost) within 24 hours when in the UK and 72 hours when abroad at no extra cost.
As for the smartphone itself, it is a BlackBerry 7 model with a dedicated BBM button, a 2GB memory card, a 3.2-megapixel camera, a QWERTY keyboard, a 1,450mAh battery, a 2.44in display, Wi-Fi plus access to BlackBerry App World. In this deal though, the phone is superfluous as we’d probably use the SIM in another handset.