On BlackBerry’s developer site they have posted some statistics that show how heavily consumers favor carrier billing. The main chart of interest is show below.
For a few years now I have discussed the popularity of this option for consumers, but by focusing on the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom it turns out that I had in fact been under reporting the issue. While the above chart only includes customers who have carrier billing as an option, the widespread use of this option in the Middle East and Africa is astoundingly high. Even in North America this option is preferred, but in much of the world there simply is no competition.
For BlackBerry, they should see that it is time to bring carrier billing in house, as it is foolish to continue to put such a large part of their business in the hands of an unreliable partner.