RIP, Blackberry – Blackberry phones will stop working on January 4

  • Blackberry users said goodbye to the iconic device on January 4, 2022.
  • The software legacy of the phone has been retired, which means that all classic Blackberry phones can no longer be used.
  • The Blackberry, in its heyday, was a favorite of top executives, but was phased out in favor of touchscreen smartphones.

It is the end of an era for Blackberry users. On January 4, the company behind the iconic black phone with its QWERTY keyboard officially decommissioned the use of its software, which means regular Blackberry devices running on the company’s operating system will not work. more.

“As of this date, devices running these legacy services and software over carrier or Wi-Fi connections will no longer function reliably, including for data, phone calls, SMS, and 9-1 features. -1, “the company said in a statement. dated December 22, 2021.

“We thank our many loyal customers and partners over the years,” the company added.

Newer Blackberry devices running Android software will continue to work for the time being.

Blackberry’s announcement in 2021 was an update to an earlier September 9, 2020 statement from Blackberry CEO John Chen in which he announced that the company is in the process of becoming a software and upgrading company. out of service of all its legacy services.

Blackberry released the latest version of its operating system in 2013, and the company began phasing out devices bearing the Blackberry name between 2016 and 2020, according to CNN. According to the New York Times, Blackberry stopped making its own smartphones in 2016.

The Blackberry was once a favorite with senior executives and former President Barack Obama, who fought to keep a lean version of his Blackberry after being elected in 2008.

According to The Guardian, Blackberry, at its peak in 2009, held 20% of the global smartphone market, but was quickly overtaken in the early 2010s by touchscreen devices like the iPhone.

Today, Blackberry has pivoted to being a cybersecurity company, making around $ 1 billion in revenue in 2020.