BlackBerry Ends Support For Its Classic Smartphones

Is this the end of BlackBerry once and for all?

BlackBerry has revolutionized the phone industry for more than a decade. The brand spread like wildfire because they successfully offered emails on the go. Even if you didn’t own one, you definitely knew someone who had it. The sad part is that its time to say goodbye to Blackberry smartphone.

But the iconic tapping sound from the physical QWERTY keyboard will be missed. The company has decided to discontinue its support. These smartphones had lost their charm a while back. 

But, BlackBerry announced on Thursday that it is officially the end of an era. Any classic BB mobile model that runs on BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 will function no longer. This can result in the users not being able to perform basic functions like calls. 

The company warns BB enthusiasts that the Wi-Fi connection shall remain functional. But they won’t be able to receive cellular data, SMS, and emergency calls. 

Luckily, users that have already switched to an Android operating system can completely utilize it. 

When was it Officially Announced?

The support for the BlackBerry OS will officially end on January 4, 2022. The news was disclosed by daniil_pavlov on their forum:

“Hello everyone! So as blackberry told us, the blackberry 10 support will end on January 4th of 2022, and in the list of missing and not working functions after that date are noticed blackberry link and blackberry blend. So, I want to see from someone who knows a bit more information what we will miss forever and what will work after that sad date…”

What Will no Longer be Functional?

Here is the list of the major BlackBerry features that will be missed dearly:

  • BBID
  • BlackBerry Protect
  • BlackBerry World
  • BBM
  • No accounts added to the HUB

BlackBerry Couldn’t Compete With iPhone

In 2007, BlackBerry was the leading smartphone manufacturer. They had revolutionized the industry with their innovative, yet practical ideas. But it too underestimated Apple for being an underdog. 

No one believed it could become something big, and look where are we now? Everywhere we see an iPhone user. The founder of BlackBerry, Mike Lazaridis poked fun at Apple’s smartphones. This is because they believed no one would want a touch screen and a virtual keyboard. 

One instance, Mike reported saying, “Try typing a web key on a touchscreen on an Apple iPhone, that’s a real challenge. You cannot see what you type”

Now, if we look back at times with a keypad, it feels weird. People loved the idea of a smartphone with a big touchscreen. Thus, Apple became a huge success and everyone had to follow in their footsteps. 

Even BlackBerry launched its touchscreen phones. But eventually, they couldn’t compete with the constantly changing trends. So, with time the company lost its relevance to the iPhone. Samsung was quick to adopt touchscreen models to stay in the market. 

Final Thoughts

BlackBerry was too late to join the race, as it couldn’t keep up with the change. So, if you are still using a classic BB smartphone, it’s high time you backup your data. Let us know what you think about this official move by the firm. 

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