Verizon BlackBerry Storm Kenya

Verizon BlackBerry Storm Kenya
I am in business in Kenya, Africa.

I am the owner of an “internet business,” my name is Andy Graham, I have a world famous daily Travel Journal. I am in Kenya, East Africa right now and I have one primary goal, to allow readers to see what I see in real time. To allow readers to travel with me on my never-ending perpetual journey around this small planet called Earth. I have been doing this for 11 years; this is not my first day on the job.

While in Kenya, I have used the “Verizon BlackBerry Storm” 100 percent of the time to send my daily post.

Yes, I could talk for hours about what is wrong this tool, however as the owner of an internet-based business, I can honestly say,
“The Verizon BlackBerry Strom keeps me in business in Kenya, Africa.”

Verizon asked me to review the BlackBerry Storm, and I have to say this Data Service that allows me to have unlimited internet access connect me to the world, it is great.

Nanyuki, Kenya
East Africa
Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I am tired of technology. I am annoyed with computers. I have IT workers, I sometime think they are crazy, and of course, they think I am crazy, why would I fight against technology.

Do this, do that, it is easy, aagh, people have told me for years a computer will make my life easier, and however I spend hours, weeks and months learning how to use these tools of business.

What is my job, in a nutshell; I walk around, take a few photos, return to my room, open my computer and write a story about the photos. Upon completion, I connect to the internet and publish the story.

“I walk around, take a few photos, return to my room, open my computer and write a story about the photos.”

“I connect to the internet and publish the story.”

Imagine you have an important meeting; you make this great PowerPoint presentation on your computer, complete with links to internet pages. You worked all night on this preparing for this meeting, you are ready, and you pack up your computer and leave for the meeting when you arrive…

There is no internet.
There is no electricity.
They are not open, the meeting has been moved.
All the workers are out to lunch.

This is my daily global internet experience, this is what happens daily., walking into an Internet Café in Kenya is like playing the lottery, I have a one in five chance it is working.

The Verizon Data Service gives me access the internet using a company called Safaricom here in Kenya. This service is not perfect, it also has gone down for about eight hours while I was in Moyale, Kenya, however the great part, I did not need to walk to the internet café to check, I just turned on the BlackBerry checked the signal. Tantamount to checking to see if you have a cell phone signal, I can also check to see if I have a data signal. I am saving hours of frustration, I am able to enjoy my travels more, and search for internet access less, what a windfall.

I am in an under-developed country, however by dealing with Safaricom direct; I am doing business with the best of the best in Kenya, Africa, not the local yokels.

They have arranged deals in 200 countries that allows me unlimited access. Although the service did not work in Ethiopia, it should work in Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

Today my plans have changed, I am going to roam around the world in the Verizon list of 200 countries, and wait for the others to come on board.

Note, that I still use my computer, however upon completion, I take out a cable, connect the BlackBerry to my computer, transfer the photos and a Microsoft Word document to the Blackberry, the proceed to publish the information.

This is not simple, however if you are reading, then you must realize it is possible.

It is 6:07 AM here in Nanyuki, Kenya, I am connected 24/7, life is good.

Thanks Verizon, I am in Business in Kenya, Africa.

I am still visiting the internet café, trying to upload videos to, however now the whole experience is more enjoyable, more of a want, and less of a need.

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Now theres a useful review! I was thinking of getting one of these at the end of May when my current contract expires. Of course, I will be tied into a UK contract not this global roaming thing... but since I am tied to the UK for most of the next 12 months, thats not a problem.


I checked out the Verzion homepage and this is truly a great rip off. I checked out the price for the worldwide data plan. In most of the countries you pay over $20 per MB data! Thats insane!

That include even for a country like Thailand. And here you can buy a local Sim card for 100 bath and pay 50 bath for five hours unlimited data. Thats about $5 with Dtac, and Verzion charges $20 per MB! Wow.

Ok, if you are filtyh rich or you have a Company i Can understand if you likes this. But comon. Its only to travel to a country, do a google search for gprs and the country name and you will get all the info you need.

No offence Andy, I understand you get this for free. But I hardly doubt you would reccomend a data plan for $20 per MB if you had to pay it yourself.. Hehe


Data is unlimited on the $64.99 Global Email Monthly Access Plan.

The $20 per MB you are talking about the Pay Per Use Plan.

Users have a choice to select between the two.

You are not forced to select the Pay Per Use Plan.


Thats great value for your money. And this $64.99 is for unlimted data worldwide? Can you also surf the web with the mobile for that price? Or is it only for e-mails?

If you connect the blackberry to your laptop and connect to the internet with the laptop. Is that also included in that $64.99?


It would be nice to get a couple of answers to the above comment (can I connect to my computer and use as a modem for that price). I sent you a heads up on the Nokia N-95 a while back. Im having trouble figuring out the difference. $64.99 might sound like a good price in some countries but Im in Laos right now and I can connect my N-95 to my laptop and get a whole lot of internet for $2.00. Of course that gets a lot more expensive in other parts of the world. So hows about a little further info (Connection speed would be good to know as well). Im sure the guys who fronted you the Blackberry would be glad to answer. Nokia is coming out with a new phone very soon-- the N-97. Im trying to figure out what my next phone should be. How about GPS. Ive heard that the Blackberry has it but does it work from satellite or from the phone. IPhone tries to make you think it has GPS but its phony (No pun intended). You need to be connected to the phone carrier. A lot of times the reason you need GPS is that you are somewhere they do not have a cell phone signal.

Im sitting on my pillow right now. I forgot to mention thats the best reason to have the pillow--sitting on really uncomfortable, wooden, chairs in hotels. It really helps the back.


Interesting review.. You should check out Opera Mini when youre in areas/countries with dodgy GPRS connections. Opera Mini uses a transcoder which compresses the web pages 80-90, which makes internet browsing much faster. Opera Mini is free and available from

Does anyone know of a GPS street navagation for Kenya on the Blackberry Storm? If so, please replay to my email ( Thanks so much.

I am having BlackBerry Storm 9500 from Vodafone and it stops connecting to BlackBerry Services as soon as I landed in Kenya. However the voice and SMS was working fine on the local network provider. Can anyone tell me whats wrong?

Hello First, I hope you have the global data plan.

Second there is a signal button, on this link is a an example, you need to switch to manual and try all possible configurations.

Hope this works.


I'm moving to Kenya on Thursday and want to use a Blackberry there. Should I buy the Blackberry before I get there and then get it connected thru Safaricom? Or will Blackberry Storms be available to buy there?


I do not know if they sell BlackBerry in Kenya, this post was only about the Verizon Data plan and using a BlackBerry from the USA.

Maybe best to search for Safaricom in Kenya on

I purchased a blackberry storm 2 9550 touch phone in washington Dc on 6th November.2010. the phone came prelopaded with verizon.sim card and other accessories. the sales agent assured me that he had indded activated it to enable me use it in kenya using the local service provider's network
now my concern is that , while indeed i can use it on voice traffic, i am unable to acces internet or email as its home screen reads "Activation required" . when i visisted my local cellular service provider, safaricom customer service ecntre, i was told that the activation must be done by the guy who sold it to me.. unfortunately. I have triad to get back to the agent in DC to help me activate the data service to no avail. is there any other way to activate the service . i have all the particulars of the phone.
this is an SOS.
please advise

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