2017 might not be one of the best for some Blackberry users as MTN plans to stop Blackberry services in Nigeria beginning from January 27th.
The fears were confirmed in a message, the giant telecom company sent to subscribers on Thursday, which reads:
“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.”
By implication, users will no longer be able to subscribe to any blackberry service by that date. Already, one of the world’s most popular chat app, WhatsApp will be rendered unusable for Blackberry users as from June 2017.
Earlier in 2016, the messenger announced that older versions of Android and iOS, as well as BlackBerry and Nokia devices would no longer be supported by the chat app. The company advised anyone running any of the named devices to buy a newer phone model before the end of 2016.
Later, in an update to that announcement, WhatsApp confirmed it will extend support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, and Nokia Symbian S60 until 30 June 2017. The company previously said it needed to begin focusing efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use – rather than all the different niche platforms that WhatsApp had supported since launch in 2009.
While BlackBerry and Nokia users are being spared from the initial cutoff date and now get to use WhatsApp for another six months, anyone with an iPhone 3GS or a device running iOS 6, Windows Phone 7, or Android 2.1 and 2.2 will no longer be able to use WhatsApp.
According to Google, 0.1 per cent of Android devices still run Android 2.2. With an estimated 1.4 billion active Android devices running throughout the world, roughly 1.4 million of those devices are still running Android 2.2.
WhatsApp which is constantly evolving in the face of the challenge from other chatting apps such as Snapchat, recently introduced new features such as animated GIF and video streaming. The first feature allows users to convert their video clips into GIFs while the second one lets users share videos without downloading them.