BlackBerry, the company that once dominated mobile devices, recently announced that he will permanently suspend the services supported by his phones.
As of January 4, phones will no longer have provisioning services, which means that they will gradually lose the ability to connect to networks, including the cellular network.
BlackBerry once dominated the smartphone market with its physical keyboard and enterprise services, which previously ran on BlackBerry servers, allowing high levels of security and control.
BlackBerry was surprised by the popularity of the iPhone, but abandoned the use of on-screen keyboards and relied on enterprise services for its dominance in order to maintain its market.
It took more than a year for the company to release its own touchscreen phone, and its software has remained a mix of the old and the new. Meanwhile, business users have switched to Apple and Android.
BlackBerry eventually ditched its own phones and started releasing versions of Android before ditching the hardware business altogether. Today, he mainly develops security services for companies.
The latest version of the BlackBerry operating system dates from 2013, the devices affected by the announcement are therefore already very old. The promised support period ended over a year ago, so it has already more than kept its promise.
The end of support effect is detailed on a page of frequently asked Questions. The main change is that BlackBerry will no longer send provisioning updates to these devices. Provisioning information provides details of how devices should establish connections to different types of network equipment, including cellular and Wi-Fi networks.
As a result, at some point in the future, BlackBerry devices will no longer be able to connect. Therefore, BlackBerry claims that its devices “They will stop working reliably, including for data, phone calls, text messages, and emergency call features.”
Some software services that relied on connections to BlackBerry servers to function will be discontinued on January 4.
The number of people likely to be affected by this is very low. However, it is a clear indicator of the end of what was once very important technology.