BlackBerry phones will stop working for good this week

Farewell to BlackBerry: BlackBerry phones will be deactivated after 80 days  - MINNEWS

Bye-bye BlackBerry: Company is set to kill support for its classic smartphones running on its own operating system on January 4 – 22 years after the device first hit the market

BlackBerry, the Canadian company that took the world by storm in 2000 with its classic smartphone, announced Friday that it is killing support for the iconic device.

On January 4, 2022, any devices running on BlackBerry 7.1 and earlier, BlackBerry 10 software and BlackBerry OS 2.1 and earlier will all go dark.

Grave with the BlackBerry logo on it

This means such technologies will no longer receive or make phone calls and texts, use data or call 911.

BlackBerry says in the announcement that WiFi and mobile data might also become unreliable, and applications including BlackBerry Link, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, BlackBerry World, BlackBerry Protect, BlackBerry Messenger, and BlackBerry Blend ‘will also have limited functionality.’

BlackBerry, the Canadian company that took the world by storm in 2000 with its classic smartphone, announced Friday that it is killing support for the iconic device. On January 4, 2022, any devices running on BlackBerry 7.1 and earlier, BlackBerry 10 software and BlackBerry OS 2.1 and earlier will all go dark

The internet-enabled keyboard-toting smartphones were the hottest business accessory and were favoured by the likes of Barack Obama and Kim Kardashian.

But, sadly, BlackBerry’s fortunes diminished as the iPhone gained popularity and the Canadian company switched to making security-focused software.

For a time, the BlackBerry name was licenced to a Chinese manufacturer named TCL, but that came to an end in 2020.

Now it appears that all former BlackBerry devices will cease to function properly as the company is stopping all software support for them.

This photo provided by Research in Motion Ltd., shows the company's new touch-screen phone, the Storm. With the new model being announced Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2008 the Storm, RIM is for the first time giving up the physical keypad in favor of a large screen, just like the one on Apple's iPhone. (AP Photo/Research in Motion Ltd.) ** NO SALES **

‘The termination of these service offerings and infrastructure will also impact functionality for applications such as Enhanced Sim Based Licensing (ESBL) / Identity Based Licensing (IBL), BlackBerry hosted email addresses, BlackBerry Link, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, BlackBerry Blend, BlackBerry Protect (allows consumers to lock, locate or wipe BBOS, BlackBerry 10 devices remotely,’ BlackBerry said in a statement.

‘There is no impact to the new BlackBerry Protect which is an AI-based endpoint security solution.’

BlackBerry Curve 8300 was launched May 2007

Peter Franklin, CEO of OnwardMobility, said last year: ‘Enterprise professionals are eager for secure 5G devices that enable productivity, without sacrificing the user experience.’

‘BlackBerry smartphones are known for protecting communications, privacy, and data. This is an incredible opportunity for OnwardMobility to bring next-generation 5G devices to market with the backing of BlackBerry and FIH Mobile.’

The OnwardMobility website still mentions the Android-powered Blackberry, but shows it is only taking pre-orders still and no statement of when it will be released.


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