“As of this date, devices running these legacy services and software over carrier or Wi-Fi connections will no longer function reliably, including data, phone calls, text messages, and 9-1-1 functionality. We have chosen to extend our service this far as a thank you to our loyal partners and customers,” BlackBerry states on an FAQ page.
“If an iOS or Android device, including BlackBerry Android devices, has an ESBL or IBL license, the customer will need to obtain a standard license to cover their use of BlackBerry Enterprise Services with that device,” BlackBerry explains.
BlackBerry says it will continue to retain personal information “for as long as necessary to fulfill BlackBerry’s identified purposes” or to comply with applicable laws. Whenever the company deems it is no longer necessary, it will “delete, destroy, erase or anonymize your data”. If you’re not comfortable with this, you can submit a request to privacyoffice at blackberry dot com to immediately delete your data, the company says.
So anyway, when you’re popping the champagne to celebrate a new year, pour one for older BlackBerry devices.