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BlackBerry on a Budget

written by: Mihir Shah•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 12/13/2010

Cheap BlackBerry phones are not impossible to find. In fact, it is rather easy to find them as long as people look in a variety of places. Find out where to look, who to talk to, and the kind of deals that would be perfect for a BlackBerry shopper on a budget.

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    Introduction to BlackBerry on a Budget


    Cheap BlackBerry phones can be found in a variety of different places. However, the best deals for those looking to purchase a BlackBerry on a budget are either seasonal or online. BlackBerry plans are a bit different as promotional offers are rare and the plans are usually offered at a flat rate. When looking for cheap BlackBerry phones, begin by surfing the stores and looking for specials. Don't linger too long in the stores if you don't find what you're looking for. Instead, check out the main carrier websites from Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Metro-PCS and AT&T. Often, the carrier's home page will have significantly better perks and offers compared to the stores. Even now, it is important to be patient, and take the next step--third-party websites. Third-party web sites consistently have great deals on BlackBerry devices and include accessories such as Bluetooth units. Basically, finding cheap BlackBerry phones is a three-step process: checking in-store, checking the carriers' official website, and looking at third-party websites (e.g., Ebay, Newegg, etc.).

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    BlackBerry Models

    A quick note to consider, for BlackBerry shoppers, is that the newest models will often be the most expensive. However, a model that is still relatively new, but not the latest model will have good deals. For example, the BlackBerry Curve 8330 is an excellent option for budget shoppers seeking cheap BlackBerry phones and will be priced significantly lower than the BlackBerry Torch.

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    Shopping in Stores

    Step number one is to scope out the selection and deals in stores. Look for BlackBerry corporate centers as they have the most leeway with sweetening the plan with some additional accessories. This is the best chance for consumers to "bargain" or use their persuasive skills to get the type of deal they are looking for. There are different types of BlackBerry stores: repair centers, corporate centers, etc. so it is important to know which store it is you're in.

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    Shopping from the Carriers Website

    Step two is to check out the different carriers. In no particular order, visit the Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, Metro-PCS, and T-Mobile home page. For example, Metro-PCS is offering the BlackBerry Curve 8530 for $199.99 with a $50.00 mail-in rebate. The mail-in and instant rebates are offered at a greater rate online. Take a look at the Verizon Wireless website. With a two-year plan, a BlackBerry Curve 9330 and the BlackBerry Bold 9650 are priced at $49.99 and $99.99 respectively--after mail-in rebates.

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    Third-Party Websites

    Aside from the carrier websites, there are official third-party websites that are licenesed to sell phones and plans. It is imperative to comb through these sites thoroughly as there are often "too-good-to-miss" deals. In no particular order, the best third-party websites are,, and BlackBerry devices that have been manufactured over a year ago are generally free with a two-year contract plan. The popular BlackBerry 8530 is free with a two-year contract on all three of the aforementioned third-party websites. Another option to think about is Ebay. Thousands of cell phone devices, including BlackBerrys, are placed on Ebay at bargain prices. This would be a haven for BlackBerry budget shoppers seeking cheap BlackBerry phones as they would not have to commit to a two-year locked-price contract. However, potential buyers should be wary of scams, condition of used phones, etc. on Ebay.

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    BlackBerry Plans

    A variety of BlackBerry budget plans are available depending on whether you're looking for an individual plan or family plan. For family plans, Sprint offers an excellent "Everything Data Plan" for $69.99 per month. Metro-PCS also offers an excellent plan starting at $40.00 per month ($60.00 for data plans) though it should be noted that Metro-PCS is a relatively new carrier and does not have nearly the same coverage as the big boys like Verizon and AT&T. Another option for BlackBerry budget shoppers would be to purchase a pay-as-you-go-go phone. In this situation, the commitment is month to month instead of a two-year contract.

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    Cheap BlackBerry phones can be found as long as the buyer looks in the right spots. A lot of these third-party websites are not as known as the official carrier counterparts like Verizon and AT&T, but offer great deals.