BlackBerry has announced that significant services for its older handsets would be phased down in 2022. Company’s own software – BlackBerry 7.1 or earlier, BlackBerry 10, or its tablet operating system BlackBerry PlayBook — would “no longer reliably function” as of January 4th, according to the firm.
There’s no assurance you’ll be able to make phone calls, send text messages, use data, establish an SMS connection, or even contact 9-1-1, whether you’re on Wi-Fi or cellular. To us, that seems pretty much dead.
BlackBerry‘s keyboard-centric designs had sparked significant demand a few years ago, particularly among business professionals who rely on it’s services that give a high level of security and anonymity.
BlackBerry phones will die on January 4
Since its dominant phase in the late 2000s, when its QWERTY keyboards and reputation for security won it a 50% market share in the US, the corporation has been on a gradual and painful fall, yet such a storied brand must be wrung for its last dregs of value. (BlackBerry Limited, the company’s parent, has shifted its focus to cybersecurity software.)
The Company attempted (and failed) to relaunch itself in 2013 with BlackBerry 10, a new operating system, and then turned to manufacture Android devices in 2015. (which failed, too). The company then began licensing its brand to third-party manufacturers such as TCL in 2016.
This is how the Company name lives on, and in 2020, OnwardMobility, a Texas-based company, announced that it would be releasing a 5G Android-powered tablet with a full QWERTY keyboard in 2021.
Well, the time is ticking on that one (OnwardMobility hasn’t released any news or updates on its website since January 2021), but whether it survives or dies, it will at the very least give us another funeral to attend. We really need to meet together under better circumstances.