Sidenote: I published this in January 2012. Can you sense the BlackBerry hate 😀 ?
If you’re really not much of internet user (just Facebook, Twitter and occasional browsing) and you’re mostly concerned with getting email push notifications for multiple accounts (for whatever sick reason), then all you have to do is follow these 5 simple steps
Get a freaking Android phone. They come as cheap as ₦20,000 and fully functional.
Get a mobile data bundle. I personally recommend Glo or Etisalat’s ₦1000 per month (200 MB – 2018 me: what?!!!) data bundles cos they’re the cheapest available. You could also get MTN’s 100 MB if you prefer MTN. It actually favours you if you know you ain’t gonna be using up to 100 MB in a month.
*If you need help setting up internet on your Android and getting the above bundles, just Google it or contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org – 2018 me: don’t bother. I can’t remember when last I opened that email box )
Download your preferred email client app(s). There’s Yahoomail for Android, Gmail comes pre-installed with every android. There’s Windows Live and Hotmail and just about any other you’ll find in the Android Market (2018 me: wow, they used to call it that?).
What’s cool is that they all offer you multiple email account functionality.
Let’s assume you have at least one email account with each client. 5 email accounts per client (Windows Live actually has a limit of 2 I think), would be over 20 email accounts overall. Better than the 10 overall a BIS will offer you. Of course we all know no one really uses up to 10 email accounts. But just in case you’re into that, why not just go for the cheaper choice?
To save on data usage or other browsing needs, download Opera Mini for Android. You seriously don’t need any other browser if you’re not a heavy internet user.
Also try to set your email apps check frequency to longer intervals. I’ll suggest 30 minute – 1 or 2 hour intervals depending on how urgent your emails are
Sell, give away or throw away your BlackBerry phone. Do whatever you think right, just do away with that BB and say bye bye to BIS.