Classic BlackBerry devices will stop working normally today


BlackBerry will discontinue service for its classic devices on Tuesday, the company reminded users in a statement.

BlackBerry reminded its users in the statement, which was released Dec. 22, of the impending shutdown of so-called legacy services.

“As a reminder, Legacy Services for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier, BlackBerry 10 Software, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier, 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, text messages and 9-1-1 functionality,” BlackBerry said.

BlackBerry, which has moved away from phones to become a software company that focuses on providing “intelligent security software and services to businesses and governments”, originally announced in September 2020 that it would be discontinuing its phone service.

BlackBerry phones were once status symbols among celebrities and CEOs and have permeated many facets of pop culture. The brand hit its peak in 2012, but as technology moved away from the BlackBerry’s external keyboard and towards the full screen of the smartphone, so has pop culture.

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