BlackBerry will discontinue service to its conventional devices on Tuesday, the company reminded users in a statement.
BlackBerry reminded its users in the statement, released on December 22, of the impending shutdown of so-called legacy services.
“As a reminder, the legacy services for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier versions, BlackBerry 10 software, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier versions, will no longer be available after January 4, 2022,” the statement said.
The shutdown means the phones will no longer work reliably for “data, phone calls, texting and 9-1-1 functionality,” BlackBerry said.
BlackBerry, which has moved away from phones to become a software company that focuses on providing “smart security software and services to businesses and governments,” initially announced in September 2020 that it would end its service. telephone.
BlackBerry phones were once status symbols among celebrities and CEOs and permeated many facets of pop culture. The brand peaked in 2012, but as technology moved away from the BlackBerry’s external keyboard and toward the smartphone’s full screen, so did pop culture.