MTN Nigeria has announced the end of its Blackberry service. In a text message to affected subscribers, the telecoms giant said: “Dear customer, MTN Blackberry service will be decommissioned on 27/01/2017. Please upgrade to a smartphone and enjoy 100 per cent bonus on any data bundle purchased.”
This ain’t a surprise though because Etisalat Nigeria and Globacom have discontinued the services since last year. In December 2016, Etisalat messaged subscribers thus: “Dear Customer, our BB service will no longer be available. You will continue to enjoy your current subscription till it expires. Thank you for choosing Etisalat.”
Glo’s message seemed more lenient: “Dear Customer, starting December 17, 2016 BlackBerry services on your device (BBOS7 devices) will no longer be available. You can still continue to use the device to Call and Text. We request you to migrate to a BB10, Android, Windows or IOS handset to use your remaining data.”
Remember, Whatsapp last year, also announced that it would stop support for certain operating systems including BlackBerry’s BB10 OS. That date has been extended to middle of 2017.
So, if subscribing to MTN BIS stops working on your Blackberry, please go and get a smartphone.