Notice from the Bolt browser website:
Dear BOLT User,
The free BOLT mobile browsing service will be discontinued. Unfortunately, the economic circumstances prevent us from running a free service going forward. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your loyalty and support.
The BOLT Team
I hope that our developers and internet entrepreneurs are reading between the lines. The
freemium free model doesn’t always work. Actually, very few succeed. We are hearing of this because Bolt became well-known before being discontinued.
As always, the “motivators” point at an exclusive and very short list of successful services e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc, but the statistics are available for anyone who cares to take a look below the surface of the hype. The vast majority of
freemium free services die out in a few years. Those success stories are the exceptions.
It is even worse under the current economic circumstances. If you don’t find a way to charge for your services or products, perhaps they are not worth much and we can do without them eventually.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.