Ask LH: Where Can I Get A Prepaid BlackBerry SIM?

Dear Lifehacker, I have a Blackberry from overseas and I'm wondering: which companies in Australia provide a BYO SIM with the BIS Service? Thanks, BlackBerry Importer

Dear BI,

The demise of Crazy John's and Boost means there are no longer any pre-paid options for BlackBerry BIS (at least not that we're aware of — if any readers know otherwise, feel free to respond in the comments section below).

You can get contract SIMs from all major telcos but it's important to check the T&Cs carefully — Telstra charges $10 a month extra, while most Optus and Vodafone plans don't include BIS. We'd advise heading into a store and speaking with a representative rather than simply ordering online.

Incidentally, the new Blackberry Z10 smartphone does not require a BIS plan. This gives you a wider choice of potential carriers (and the ability to grey import the device if you like), but also means you don’t get unlimited email and browsing.

Cheers Lifehacker

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    Telstra Prepaid Blackberry

    Unlimited BIS using the APN with every recharge of $40 or more.

    Vodafone does include unlimited BIS free on the '$50 Plan' or '$35 SIM only plan' or higher. Get your facts right.

    Crazy John's will still activate a pre-paid SIM - if you can get one.

    I just called Vodafone and they do NOT offer the full BlackBerry data service with a pre-paid account.

      I chatted with Vodafone today and they said their $35/month SIM-only deal does work with Blackberry (

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