MTN Nigeria has notified subscribers of its intention to discontinue BlackBerry Internet service this month. This follows the discontinuation of Etisalat BIS and then Glo BIS back in December 2016. MTN bIS will become history on the 27th of January, 2017. This leaves Airtel as the only Nigerian operator that is yet to discontinue or announce discontinuation of BlackBerry Internet Service.
Here is the SMS message sent out by MTN to subscribers:
Dear customer, MTN Blackberry service will be decommissioned on 27/01/2017. Please upgrade to a smartphone and enjoy 100% bonus on any data bundle purchased.
Blackberry smartphones were once the toast of Nigerians, largely due to affordable BlackBerry Internet Service tariffs. That age is now history and only a small segment of Nigerian smartphone users carry a BlackBerry device anymore. The good news is that generic data plans are now much more affordable than they used to be.
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