In response to my article, Airtel Kicks Non-BlackBerry Internet Users Off BlackBerry Plans, a reader here said this:
By the way, it appears Mr. Mo was in celebration mood for what? I just don’t get it, what is fair is fair and that’s that 1GB is 1GB both on BlackBerry and other smartphones. And why single Android out? Do I smell Symbian revenge connection here or just the revenge of the trodden platforms fans? Hahahaha.
In the outside world, it’s been between iOs and android. Dunno why berry boys are taking it personal with android in this country.
Note the emboldened text in the quotes. Sorry guys. It is nothing personal against Android :). I didn’t mention iOS because in Nigeria, it doesn’t count.
In terms of marketshare, the iPhone is a tiny blip (if it registers at all) in the Nigerian marketplace. It is of no consequence to the average Nigerian. Remember how the American tech blogging scene almost never acknowledged the existence and global dominance of Symbian years ago? It wasn’t beef. Symbian was inconsequential in the grand scheme of things in the US, and only the handful of bloggers who had any personal interests in it ever wrote about it.
Same here. In Nigeria, the iPhone doesn’t count. Unfortunately, I also have no personal interest in it. As such, when I write about mobile phones and apps in Nigeria, the iPhone and iOS are the last things on my mind. As weak and maligned as BlackBerry is in Nigeria, it still has far more marketshare than the iPhone could ever hope to get. Catch my drift? I suspect that even the ghost of Symbian still has more marketshare than the iPhone does around here. Almost everything else has more marketshare than the iPhone here. Okay, perhaps with the exception of Sailfish OS which just hit the market last week.
Android rules here, and so will get mentioned a lot. Windows Phone is growing strong here too. And BlackBerry is still widely loved (even if it is mostly for the cheap data plans, sebi it is still loved for something sha?).
Meanwhile, still on this subject of using affordable BIS for non-BlackBerry phones, if you own an iPhone but depend on cheap data plans from BlackBerry to get by month after month, you are the reason why Nigeria has no hope :). May the ghost of Steve Jobs haunt you day and night till you repent of your evil ways.