BlackBerry is ending support for smartphones and tablets running on its operating system
These devices will no longer receive, make phone calls, text messages, use data, or call 911 as of January 4.
However, BlackBerry devices running Android will still have the service.
BlackBerry, the Canadian company that took the world by storm in 2000 with its classic smartphone, announced on Friday that it was killing support for the iconic device.
This means that these technologies will no longer receive or make phone calls and texts, use data or call 911.
BlackBerry said in the announcement that WiFi and mobile data could also become unreliable and that applications such as BlackBerry Link, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, BlackBerry World, BlackBerry Protect, BlackBerry Messenger and BlackBerry Blend “will also have limited functionality.” .
BlackBerry, the Canadian company that took the world by storm in 2000 with its classic smartphone, announced on Friday that it was ending support for the iconic device. As of January 4, 2022, all devices running BlackBerry 7.1 and earlier, BlackBerry 10 software, and BlackBerry OS 2.1 and earlier will all become obsolete.
Blackberry first hit the market in 2000 and became a staple for professionals as the smartphone made it easy for users to write and send emails.
The smartphone experienced a dramatic increase in popularity from 2001 to 2007 as it toured the world.
However, in 2016, Blackberry lost its throne of the first smartphone in 2016, which was mainly due to Apple’s iPhone.
And ultimately, it was BlackBerry’s inability to adapt, lack of consumer knowledge and poor design that led to its demise in 2018, when the company announced it would stop producing the smartphone.
“There is no impact on the new BlackBerry Protect, which is an AI-based endpoint security solution,” according to BlackBerry
The last version of the BlackBerry operating system it released was in 2013, so devices that could lose their support are very old, reports Ars Technica.
The change planned for next month is that BlackBerry will no longer release updates for these devices.
“The termination of these service offerings and this infrastructure will also have an impact on the functionality of applications such as Enhanced Sim Based (ESBL) / Identity Based Licensing (IBL), email addresses hosted by BlackBerry, BlackBerry Link, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, BlackBerry Blend, BlackBerry Protect (allows consumers to lock, locate or erase BBOS devices, BlackBerry 10 remotely, “BlackBerry explained in the announcement.