BlackBerry plans are relatively cheaper than other straight data plans mostly because of the way the service is designed. Often times, I get asked if it is possible to use the a BlackBerry service plan on other phones. The answer to that is yes and no…in the sense that it is possible in some instances and won’t work in others. Again, it depends on the way the service is configured by the network in question.
Right now, here in Nigeria, it is possible on two networks, so I will share how you can on both, however, you should note that the data access via this means may be as a result of oversight, if that is the case, it could be shutdown anytime.
- Activate a BlackBerry plan on an Airtel Nigeria sim by texting BSM to 440 or Dial *440*4# costs N1,200.
- If your Phone does not have the Airtel APN set, set it up as follows APN: internet.ng.airtel.com Username: internet Password: internet
- And that’s it. Your device will access the internet using the BlackBerry plan’s data. You should note that the Airtel plan has a 1Gb cap.
- If you exhaust the data and want to purchase another, you will have to first deactivate the current one by texting DEACTIVATE to 440.
- Activate BlackBerry Social Plan on the Glo by texting SoWeek (costs N400 and has a 700mb cap valid for a week) or SoMonth (costs N1,200 and has a 3Gb cap valid for a month) to 777.
- Change the network profile settings on your non-BlackBerry device to the following: APN: blackberry.net; Access number: *99#; leave username and password blank.
- And that’s it. Your device will access the internet using the BlackBerry plan’s data. The plan is automatically deativated when the data is exhausted, so you can straightaway activate a new one.
Update: The MTN plan has stopped working.
- Activate BBC or BIS on the MTN by texting BBC or BIS to 21600 (costs N1000 (BBC) or 1500 (BIS) respectively and has a 2.5Gb cap valid for a month).
- Change the network profile settings on your non-BlackBerry device to the following: APN: web.gprs.mtnnigeria.net; username and password are both web.
- And that’s it. Your device will access the internet using the BlackBerry plan’s data.
Update: Seems the Glo plan doesn’t work any longer, MTN though now works as described below
Most phones require you to restart before changes to the APN are effected so if it does not work as soon as you alter the APN, restart the phone.
You should also note that I haven’t personally tried any of these so I may not be able to comment on what the experience is like. I have seen them work though, so it legit works.
Thanks to @trae_z for the tip!