BlackBerry recently reminded users that legacy services for its non-Android smartphones will be phased out on January 4, 2022.
Essentially, these are classic BlackBerry devices that make use of the company’s legacy services. BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier versions, BlackBerry 10 software, and BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier versions will be discontinued on January 4, 2022.
This means that after the above-mentioned date, its WiFi connections, data, phone calls, and even 911 will no longer function reliably.
This was a foregone conclusion for BlackBerry, given the company’s extensively used BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service, which was a fundamental component of original BlackBerry phones, perished in 2019.
BlackBerry, which was formerly one of the world’s leading mobile manufacturers, has been harmed by the rise of Android and iOS devices. Despite repeated comeback attempts, it lost users and was unable to attract new ones.
BlackBerry even tried Android with the support of TCL, a Chinese tech titan, but that failed as well, and the cooperation ended in August 2020.
The company has now evolved into a full-fledged software corporation focusing in cybersecurity.
BlackBerry phones, thank you for the memories!
#ByeBB: Services of classic BlackBerry phones to end on January 4|gizguide