Do you still hold that BlackBerry for life? It’s time to say goodbye for good.
As of Tuesday, legacy services for BlackBerry devices will be phased out. This means that all devices running the BlackBerry software “will no longer work reliably, including for data, phone calls, text messages, and 9-1-1 functionality,” the company said.
Services include BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier, BlackBerry 10 software, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier, the company said in an updated statement last month.
BlackBerry ushered in the era of smartphones, positioning itself as the dominant player in the industry in the 2000s. But after the rise of Apple’s iPhone and Google Android devices from 2008, BlackBerry devices fell. out of favor with consumers and businesses.
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BlackBerry attempted a rebound in 2013 when it introduced a touchscreen-only phone, ditching the device’s signature physical keyboard. Weak device sales prompted the company to consider a deal.
In 2016, BlackBerry announced that it would no longer manufacture BlackBerry devices. In 2020, the company revealed that it plans to shut down legacy services related to BlackBerry devices.
Since then, BlackBerry has turned to offering security software to businesses and governments.
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