It is 2012. My sister’s boyfriend has a job in London. And his first reaction is, “Wow, you’re gonna get a BlackBerry Torch for me now.” The BlackBerries were a huge fad back then. Everyone wanted to have a “BBM Pin”. Those who could not afford it in India harassed their friends, relatives and lovers to buy them one from abroad. I still remember the FOMO that didn’t bring a BlackBerry. And I also remember the childlike excitement it felt when you finally got one.
It’s the end of an era: BlackBerry OS phones no longer work as of January 4
This morning, as I scrolled through my Twitter feed, the memories came back to me. I clearly remembered my friends and acquaintances who were the proud owners of a Blackberry phone. I remembered playing with the cute round joystick on my Blackberry just for fun. I even remembered how Lady Gaga shared blackberry dope mirrors around 2011. Then there were those “pings” that we would spam our friends with. And who could forget the loud sound the phone makes when taking a screenshot on the Screenmunch app.
It truly is the end of an era as the professional smartphone maker has decided to end service on its once predominant cellphones.
BlackBerry has decided to end the service on its mobile devices from January 4. This means that you will no longer be able to use your old BlackBerry somewhere in the back of your drawer. BlackBerry used its official Twitter account to share the news with tech enthusiasts around the world. “For many of us today is the end of an era – and the start of a new one,” BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen said in a tweet. In an official blog post, Chen shared his thoughts on the phone’s transformation journey and the Ontario-based company’s smartphone legacy.
Chen broke the news to fans on the same blog. “To date, BlackBerry has decommissioned the infrastructure and services used by our older software and phone operating systems which are over 20 years old now,” he wrote.
BlackBerry is all the rage on Twitter. Fans everywhere are sharing their fond memories of using a BlackBerry device.
A user @BlackBerryBrad has expressed his desire to continue using his BlackBerry phones forever. “Well, it’s the end of an era for BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 devices. Each device in my collection has its own unique memory. I wish I could keep using these devices forever, but I’m thankful for the KEY2! Thanks for the memories @BlackBerry, ”he tweeted.
Well, it’s the end of an era for BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 devices. Each device in my collection has its own unique memory. I wish I could keep using these devices forever, but I’m thankful for the KEY2! Thanks for the memories @Blackberry #Blackberry pic.twitter.com/Re7RojFHNu
– BlackBerryBrad (@BlackBerryBrad) January 3, 2022
Canadian journalist Geoff Keighley tweeted that he was once a master of thumb grabbing without looking. “Today is the last day for Blackberry. End of an era. I was a master of thumbing without looking. A skill lost over time,” her Tweet said.
Today is the last day for Blackberry. End of an era. I was a typing master without looking. A skill lost over time. pic.twitter.com/vCMnmX93jy
– Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) January 4, 2022
Popular American news anchor Wolf Blitzer also expressed his sadness at the phone’s official end. “Like many of us, I stopped using my beloved BlackBerry cell phone a few years ago, but I’m still sad to see its official end today. Thank you BlackBerry for doing what you did, ”Blitzer tweeted.
Like many of us, I stopped using my beloved BlackBerry cell phone a few years ago, but I’m still sad to see its official end today. Thank you BlackBerry for doing what you have done. pic.twitter.com/fgWFts5A8j
– Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) January 4, 2022
Some fans also remembered that BlackBerry was the favorite phone of Kim Kardashian West and former US President Barack Obama. The latter hit the headlines in 2016 after he was asked to replace his BlackBerry with another smartphone.
Sooo my blackberry bold is dead. I can no longer find it on ebay. I knew that day would come and to be honest I was ready. But the question is….
– Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) Aug 3, 2016
The Canadian company, formerly known as Research In Motion, stopped manufacturing BlackBerries in 2016. It had switched to a software-only company and licensed its brand and services to TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd. mobile for professionals and young people. The company failed to adapt to changing times as Apple and Android phones took the mobile phone market by storm.
That said, I want to maintain that BlackBerries will always hold a special place in the hearts of its users, including me. It was more than a phone. It was a dream for some and a style statement for others. It is indeed the end of an era.
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