Nashua Mobile has extended its flat-rate “Xtreme Data” service to more Nokia devices, including Windows Phone Lumia devices, the company said on Monday. It first launched the flat-rate plans on the Nokia C3, X2-01, E5, E7 and N8, later making them available on the Asha 300, 303 and 201.
Billed as an alternative to the popular BlackBerry Internet Service — BIS offers unlimited on-device browsing and e-mail for a relatively small, fixed monthly fee — the Xtreme Data Service costs R59/month and offers access to e-mail, applications and the Web.
Now, the company is extending a new Xtreme Data plan for higher-end Lumia devices, including the Lumia 900, 800, 710 and 610. Lumia is Nokia’s brand name for its smartphones powered by Windows Phone. The new premium plan costs R139/month and provides users with up to 400MB of data before an “average use policy” kicks in and the service then becomes throttled and shaped.
This compares to 100MB of data users on the standard package may use before they are throttled. Unlike on the basic option, YouTube is not blocked on the premium version.
“Shaping or throttling means that your download speed is decreased once you have used a certain amount of data,” Nashua Mobile says in a statement.
“In most cases, you will only notice the slower download speed when you are streaming data or downloading apps or games. For everyday services such as WhatsApp, e-mail, Facebook and browsing, you will still enjoy a fantastic user experience,” the company says, adding it plans to extend the flat-rate plans to non-Nokia devices soon. — (c) 2012 NewsCentral Media