Now here's something which might warm the post-budget cockles of your heart...
T-Mobile has launched what it is calling the 'Pay Once' package - a deal which bundles a BlackBerry Pearl 8110 and a full year's worth of unlimited data access for a one off fee of £179.99. With the recent launch of BlackBerry App World this is a fairly tempting proposition.
As for the discretionary part that is calls, SMS and MMS but customers are under no obligation to top up with credit at specific intervals or place a minimum spend. In this way it differs slightly from the deal O2 created with the PAYG iPhone 3G as free data and WiFi access was only available for the first year if a certain amount of credit is purchased each month.
As for a quick refresh on the specs, the Pearl 8110 is fairly low end for a BlackBerry device sporting a 2MP camera, quad band GSM (no 3G), integrated GPS, a microSD expansion slot and SureType text input - but it should prove ideal for those looking to make their first step up from a traditional 'dumbphone'.
Likely to be a hit as a birthday present or celebratory gift the Pay Once deal goes on sale from 1 May and T-Mobile admits should it prove successful it will likely expand to include a wider range of handsets.