End of an era, BlackBerry phones will stop working from this week as the company decides to stop all software support for them. Before the arrival of the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phone, BlackBerry was the one phone to buy for everyone in town.
Such was the popularity of BlackBerry that many celebrities and known people like Barack Obama and Kim Kardashian preferred it. The internet-enabled keyboard toting smartphones’ decline in popularity triggered after the arrival of the iPhone and the Canadian company focused its attention on building security-focused software.
Later on, the BlackBerry brand was licensed to a Chinese manufacturer named TCL, but that came to an end in 2020. With the company’s decision to stop software support, it looks like BlackBerry devices are heading towards a natural death.
BlackBerry will stop services starting from January 4, after which the devices will ‘no longer reliably function.’ This means you will not be able to make phone calls, send texts, receive data, or contact emergency numbers.Earlier last year BlackBerry said it would start taking its legacy services offline, including support for its own operating systems like the BlackBerry 10 software, at the start of 2022.
BlackBerry in a statement said, “The termination of these service offerings and infrastructure will also impact functionality for applications such as Enhanced Sim Based Licensing (ESBL) / Identity Based Licensing (IBL), BlackBerry hosted email addresses, BlackBerry Link, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, BlackBerry Blend, BlackBerry Protect (allows consumers to lock, locate or wipe BBOS, BlackBerry 10 devices remotely. There is no impact to the new BlackBerry Protect which is an AI-based endpoint security solution.”
The BlackBerry OS was introduced way back in 2013, though many of the die-hard fans may have switched over to the likes of iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, some of them may still have a device lurking in their drawers. Looks like the time has come for the curtains to fall.
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