Rent a BlackBerry from Rentobile



Rentobile_4BBsWant to try a BlackBerry Storm but aren’t sure if you’ll like the touchscreen?

Want to try the hottest new BlackBerry model but don’t want to be bound by a 2-year contract?

What if you could just rent a BlackBerry month-to-month and return it when you’re done?

Now you can–thanks to Rentobile!

Mobile Phone Rental from Rentobile

If you already have a mobile phone account, and optionally already have a BlackBerry plan on that account, you can now rent a BlackBerry from Rentobile.com. Here’s generally how it works:

  1. Browse the Rentobile web site to select a BlackBerry by carrier and model.
  2. Join as a member of Rentobile or remain a guest. (Keep reading to learn about membership.)
  3. Request the BlackBerry model you want. When available, it will be shipped to you.
  4. Use the rented BlackBerry as long as you like (and make monthly payments for). No late fees!
  5. Return the BlackBerry when you’re ready for a change.

NOTE: Rentobile rents mobile phones by many other manufacturers, not just Research In Motion (BlackBerry): Apple, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, Samsung, etc.

BlackBerry Models Available

At the time of this writing, below are the wireless carriers with BlackBerry models that Rentobile is making available. However…

Carrier

Model

Model

Monthly rental

Minimum: 1 month

AT&T

Bold

Bold_100w100h

$24 (member)
$36 (non-member)

AT&T

8820

8820_100w100h

$20 (member)
$30 (non-member)

Sprint

8830

8830_100w100h

$20 (member)
$30 (non-member)

Verizon

Storm 9530

Storm_100w100h

$30 (member)
$45 (non-member)

Verizon

8830 World Edition

8830VZW_100w100h

$22 (member)
$33 (non-member)

 

Membership

When you look at the rates above, you wonder, “Why would I want to pay a higher rate as a guest? Why wouldn’t I just join as a member?”

As with any business, Rentobile is in business to make money. They want you to remain as a customer so they can keep making money–from you. So, you should take your time and carefully review the current terms of membership. Whether you decide to join or not, you should also carefully review all the costs involved in renting. Here is a brief overview of some of the terms at the time of this writing:

Other costs to consider (member or guest)

  • About $10 charged for round-trip shipping and handling. Higher charges if faster shipping requested.
  • Insurance coverage will be charged (how much? what’s covered? not published)
  • New Jersey residents must pay tax

Monthly membership dues

  • About $10/month if paid month-to-month
  • Less than $7/month if 3 months paid in advance
  • About $5/month if a year paid in advance
  • Your credit card will be billed automatically

Other membership advantages

  • As already mentioned, members pay lower rental rates
  • You’ll be notified first when new models are available
  • Members only private sales (details not published)
  • Redeemable points awarded for loyalty

Conclusion

Whether renting a BlackBerry makes sense for you depends on your needs and finances. It’s certainly a cool way to try out a BlackBerry with less commitment, less risk.

A mistake one might make is renting a model that won’t work with the network of the carrier you have an account with. Another mistake, in my opinion, is to rent a BlackBerry without having a BlackBerry plan with your carrier. You can’t realize the full power and fun of a BlackBerry without that plan that supports its features. Pay attention to those details.

If you decide to try Rentobile, please return here and leave a comment so others can learn from your experience.

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6 comments on this post

Alfredo says:
Jan 9, 2009 - 02:01:00

Seems Practical. Is this service really legit? Plus by renting the phones and should damage happen and they are returned…does the next renter get the damaged phone? Could be used as an advantage though right?
Ex:
1)Rent Storm as guest
2)Pay insurance
3)”Lose” Storm, pay deductible
4)Month later return and keep “lost but found” storm

My last step ;]
[5)Hack storm and use on TMobile] Although it does sound borderline illegal there is nothing on any insurance fine print about finding a lost item later on.

Jan 9, 2009 - 07:01:01

Alfredo,
I’ve wondered if a lost BB that got “found” again might have it’s serial number blocked electronically. I doubt it, but imagine it’s possible.
Kelly

Jul 6, 2009 - 02:07:06

Fantastic information,This is the first time i heard about this. keep it up this good works.

Thanks,
Micheal

Jul 6, 2009 - 09:07:41

Michael,
I was beginning to think nobody was interested in this article at all. Thanks for leaving me some encouraging feedback.
Kelly

Nick says:
Aug 28, 2009 - 01:08:46

Is this service available in the UK?? Mine is going in for repair and due to not being able to access my data on anything BUT a Blackberry, I am stuffed for a fortnight whilst its being fixed…Please help!

Aug 29, 2009 - 03:08:20

Nick,
You need to contact the company, as I only reviewed their service. I haven’t used them, either.
Kelly

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