My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: Digicel officially launches DL600 smartphones on Friday October 18th 2013 and JA$100 2-Day Data Plans

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Digicel officially launches DL600 smartphones on Friday October 18th 2013 and JA$100 2-Day Data Plans

Telecom Provider Digicel has finally outed a set of official advertisements for their smartphone, the Digicel DL600 smartphones on Friday October 18th 2013. The DL600 prices has now been reduced to JA$8950 on Prepaid and JA$5900 with the Postpaid Data Plan, which maxes out at 3GB as stated in the article “Phones View - Digicel DL600”, viewed Sunday October 20th 2013, Digicel Jamaica.

Telecom Provider Digicel has begun to offer the DL600 aka the Alcatel One Touch S’Pop under their latest Promotion which began on Friday October 18th 2013 which you can read about at Digicel Smartphone Data Promotion Frequently Asked Questions official *.pdf document! To be precise:

This is the same Digicel DL600 about which many are pining about to the point that I did a Triplet of articles. First, the very first rumours that the DL600 was nothing more than a Alcatel One Touch S’Pop smartphone running Google Android Jellybean, then the latest version of the OS as stated in my blog article entitled “Digicel to launch the DL600 Smartphone by Mid-May 2013 starting below US$100 - Alcatel One Touch running Firefox OS marketed like The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”.

I did a follow up predicting the launch of this branded smartphone on Thursday 30th or Friday 31st of May 2013 as stated in my blog article entitled “Digicel to launch the DL600 smartphone in Jamaica on Thursday 30th or Friday 31st of May 2013 - Digicel DL600 is coming Fast and Furious 6 to make smartphones accessible to all”.

And launch they did in spectacular style on Thursday 30th May 2013 in what appeared to be a soft launch to please their main partner, Blackberry, whose phone, the Blackberry Q10 got top billing thanks to contractual arrangements as speculated originally in my blog article entitled “Digicel has launched DL600 and Blackberry Q10 in Jamaica on Thursday 30th 2013 - The Purge of Features phones in a gradual ramp-up towards Data Services and smartphone in Jamaica”.

But why now all of a sudden. Simple answer: The Dragons of House Targaryen are Dead!

Blackberry is dead – Digicel DL600 gambit for Blackberry users running to LIME

Now that Blackberry’s Dragons are all but dead as noted in my blog article entitled “Blackberry being rescued by former co-CEO Mike Lazaridis - Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited is Fire and Blood as BBM goes free”, the Kings of the South, Telecom Provider Digicel, can finally lay claim to the Iron Throne.

No longer bound to a contractual obligation to promote Blackberry smartphones which nobody wants after their company went bust as stated in my Geezam blog entitled “Blackberry sold to Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited as BBM goes free”,  Digicel may be fearing a mass exodus of droves of Blackberry smartphone users to competitor Telecom Provider LIME.

Hence the new ads, a mere three (3) weeks and four (4) days after they went into perdition. Take a look at the ads as I’m sure they’re news about the smartphone everyone standing in line and putting themselves on a waiting list for months to get their hands on.

But there’s more to this story than what may initially meet the eye!

Digicel not taking chances – Lowering rates to counteract LIME lower Data plans

Telecom Provider Digicel isn’t taking any chances of competitor Telecom Provider LIME taking advantages of this situation. They’ve decided to launch their Digicel Postpaid Smart & Value Plans after having launched Digicel DigiHome to capture the Landline market come May 2014 as stated in my blog article entitled “Digicel had launched Digicel Postpaid Smart & Value Plans yet doesn't advertise it - How Postpaid Plans, the savior of Digicel should lead to 2-year Data and Voice Plans”.

They’ve also decided to reduce the cost of their “4G” (actually 3.5G!) Data Plans to JA$100 for 2 days, an offer markedly similar to that of Telecom Provider LIME’s Data packages introduced on Friday August 9th 2013. That’s basically the same price for a bag of Excelsior Cinnamon Water Crackers in Half-Way-Tree Wholesale as show here!

This offer is some 2 months later but it’s as I’d prophesied in my blog article entitled “LIME Jamaica introduces 30-day Data Plans for JA$300 and a free Alcatel One Touch T'Pop - How the Butler started the Smartphone Data Revolution”. Apparently they’ve chopped their Prepaid 4G Price Plans in half!

And yes, there’s an ad to explain it all yet again:

Digicel’s DL600 – Christmas is nice again for Millennials

So it’s settle then in your mind if you’re a teenager (ages 13-17) or a Millennial (ages 18 to 28). You just gotta have this phone as Friday October 18th 2013 was the best day in the whole world. So most likely come Monday October 21st 2013, you’re gonna rush down to your nearest Digicel Store and scope out the offers and the prices and put your name on the Waiting List for a Digicel DL600.

The Apple iPad 5 and its cousin the Apple iPad Mini 2 is also set to launch on Tuesday October 22nd 2013, official news now that the invitations are out as stated in my blog article entitled “Apple sends out official Invitations for an Apple iPad themed event on Tuesday October 22 2013 - Merry Christmas for making 2013 a Christmas Golden Year”.

Ours is the Fury as Digicel’s DL600 secures their Throne in this Game of Phones against Telecom Provider LIME! Check back with my blog or just follow Digicel Jamaica’s website or their Digicel Jamaica YouTube Page for details on when the next promotion is coming to a store near you!

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