After announcing the news Last year, Blackberry has officially suspended its support for its BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry PlayBook OS, which has broken the hearts of loyal users over their long-time treasured devices. The Canadian software company said in 2020 that it would eventually discontinue service as these conventional phones are now unable to make calls, send texts or dial 911.
Beloved BlackBerry phones were once considered the latest innovative technology to easily send quick emails from anywhere and anywhere, but eventually the hype died down at the end of the years. 2000 when Apple unveiled the iPhone and android smartphones have flooded the market. In 2016, BlackBerry ceased efforts in phone manufacturing, but announced a partnership with OnwardMobility in 2020 to work on a new phone that will include the brand’s beloved keyboard – further progress is yet to be discovered.
With the company’s move from mobile phones to selling security software to other companies and governments, the only BlackBerry devices such as the Key2 and other models running on Android software will continue to work.
A number of hardcore users stuck with their BlackBerry phones until the very last minute, while others locked up their devices and hung them up like works of art. SKIMS founder Kim Kardashian discontinued the device in 2016 because she couldn’t find a replacement for her BlackBerry Bold, which was the case for many users. While some turned over a new leaf years ago, others are still hoarding a stash of devices as relics or turning them into alarm clocks instead.
“Letting go of the past is always bittersweet, even when a brighter future awaits us,” BlackBerry CEO John Chen said in the company blog post. “We have long delayed decommissioning the BlackBerry service out of loyalty to our customers.”
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