Data consumption each month is ever increasing. Luckily, the cost per MB of data is decreasing. BlackBerry has been known to compress data to effectively save its users in the long run.

This has all changed with the introduction of BlackBerry 10. Personal data is no longer compressed. However, work data is still compressed due to BES 10.

  • Available on BlackBerry 10 smartphones and PlayBook tablets through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10
  • BlackBerry 10 and PlayBook continue to compress all work data through MDS-CS using the same compression algorithm as BlackBerry 7 and earlier smartphones
  • NEW – work data is no longer transcoded by BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 which improves the on device performance for customers compared to BlackBerry 7 and earlier smartphones *

Personal data is no longer compressed because the majority of personal data is no longer compressible:

  • Media streaming (Video, Flash, Embedded)
  • Media downloads (Movies, TV Shows, Video, Music)
  • Video conferencing
  • Applications and games

The data that can be compressed is now very small in proportion to the total data that is being transported. If you’re worried about your data consumption here’s some recommendations:

  • Monthly data plan similar to other smartphones
  • Customers also have the ability to reduce their overall data usage by:
  • Connecting to Wi-Fi whenever possible
  • Utilize Mobile Hotspot feature or bridged network connections to consolidate data connections
  • Configuring mobile network settings to turn off data while roaming
  • Deploy ActiveSync and BES 10 Policies to manage data usage
  • Using BlackBerry Work Drives, Dropbox, SharePoint or other content management solutions to reduce the use of sending/receiving large attachments

BlackBerry 10 was designed to rival the best consumer focused smartphones in the industry. By removing compression, BlackBerry 10 benefits from increased speed and performance, as well as uninterrupted connectivity.

The addition of compression to Microsoft devices will require a proxy which will reduce speed and performance of the device and the performance and scalability of back-end servers, which is something BlackBerry did not want to adopt.

Talk to your carrier about your data usage – depending on what BlackBerry services you are going to use, you may need to change your existing data plan.

* Work data is work email, attachments, Personal Information Management (PIM), work browser (intranet/Internet), and enterprise applications. MDS-CS requires BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 Version 1.0 and newer.