Originally Posted by smitbret
I have had a Blackberry for almost 4 years now and I haven't paid a dime more for the service than if I had any other data plan. Full access to all of my e-mail accounts from 3 different services. This is the first I've heard of someone having to pay extra for that kind of thing.
You have to have a BIS or a BES account for BBM (for instance) to work, that's what he's talking about. The fact that you personally don't 'pay a dime more than any other data plan' does not negate the fact that you have to have a separate subscription to RIM if you want to use your Blackberry fully.
To you (and most people) maybe this separate data plan is just like any other data plan, but people like me, who are depending mostly on wi-fi for data and pay-to-go data for filler, if we want to use a Blackberry, this is an additional monthly fee that we wouldn't have to pay otherwise.
In fact, until at least ~2 years ago the US didn't have any prepaid/pay-to-go BYOD carrier that will support Blackberries. When they started having some (Straight Talk, I believe is one of the first ones), it is $15/month on top of whatever plan you have. This monthly fee is extra, no matter how you look at it, and it's required if you want to utilize your Blackberry 100%.
Back to topic, I have some friends who work at RIM, and they seem to be genuinely excited about this upcoming release. I am personally not as excited, and I admit I haven't really looked into it much, but I hope it is going to be successful. As I've said before, more options can only be good for us customers. So bring it on, RIM!