Once upon a time, Mobility Arena was teeming with Blackberry Internet Service (BIS) users. BlackBerry Internet Service traffic was huge on this site. As a matter of fact, the whole of Nigeria experienced a deluge of subscribers to the service. Apart from the then BlackBerry cool factor, ultra-low BIS tariff plans made carrying a BlackBerry a very attractive proposition.
But times have changed. First, BlackBerry introduced OS 10 to replace legacy BlackBerry, and even now, the company is in the middle of a transition to Android OS on its devices. A look at a 30-day period (June 2016) of traffic on MobilityArena.com revealed that for that period BIS servers accounted for only 1.49% of the traffic to this site.
Amazing. Simply amazing.
One can only imagine that this massive drop in BlackBerry Internet Service traffic here is being replicated across hordes of websites across the globe. The age of legacy BlackBerry smartphones is past.Unfortunately, BlackBerry 10 smartphones did not make a huge splash either, despite some really good products in the lineup.
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 HDML/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.