Blackberry, no more BIS

It appears Research In Motion’s new Blackberry OS 10 is leaving behind a feature that has been instrumental to the company’s success.

The BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) is designed to provide BlackBerry smartphone users with access to email messaging, instant messaging, Internet browsing, and more. BlackBerry Internet Service subscribers can receive automatic delivery of email messages from up to ten email accounts on their BlackBerry smartphones. BIS is the feature that is most known for the automatic push and instant delivery of email to the hand held device.

This includes all new devices utilizing the new Blackberry OS 10 including the new Z10 and Q10 models. No comment from Blackberry if or when they will bring back the popular feature. For now just to clear up all the confusion we can simply state that the new Z10 and Q10 through any carrier will not provide access to the popular BIS push instant email service. We have received a lot of calls and questions about this new change and would like to offer the following details to help clear things up,

-Yes you can use any smartphone data plan for the Z10 and Q10, since it no longer offers the BIS feature it does not need access to the special Blackberry Data Service network.

-Yes, a dedicated BlackBerry plan will still work.

-No, you can’t use a feature plan like email only or BBM only

-No your SIM Card from your old Blackberry will not work in the Z10 and Q10 models going forward.

-Yes, BES users still need a BES plan

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