BlackBerry has already exhausted itself in the smartphone market and has lost its charm as even its die-hard fans nowadays may be using an iPhone or Android phone. But nevertheless, since some people may be using BlackBerry phones, the Canadian company has confirmed that from next week its devices will no longer support legacy cellular and Wi-Fi services. The company originally announced the move in September last year, but has expanded its services as a “show of gratitude” to its loyal customers and partners. In particular, the update does not apply to BlackBerry phones based on the Android operating system.
As of January 4, devices based on BlackBerry OS 7.1 and earlier, BlackBerry 10 software, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier will no longer “function reliably,” the company said. updated note on their website.
This means there is no guarantee that BlackBerry phones with cellular or Wi-Fi will be able to allow data access, make phone calls, send text messages, or even call 911 emergency services.
This is not surprising since BlackBerry lost ground in the early 2010s.
The company, headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, has struggled to regain its appeal. In 2013, the company introduced the BlackBerry 10 as a replacement for the outdated BlackBerry OS to appeal to Android and iOS users. The company also finally switched to Android in 2015 and introduced the BlackBerry Priv as a new slider phone to compete with Apple and Samsung flagships. All this, however, did not help him achieve success.
In 2016, BlackBerry eventually brought in licensing partners including TCL Communication for global markets and Optiemus Infracom in India to keep its brand on third-party devices. Licensing partners have submitted models including the BlackBerry KeyOne and Key2.
However, in February 2020, TCL announced that it would no longer manufacture BlackBerry phones. Other licensees of the brand have also remained silent since October 2018 – after the launch of the BlackBerry Key2 LE, which was the last phone to be presented under the brand.
Texas-based startup OnwardMobility in 2020 teased the launch of a BlackBerry 5G phone in 2021. However, this model has not yet appeared.
The disappearance of legacy services from BlackBerry phones doesn’t mean the BlackBerry brand is dead. The company is currently developing its security software and services for various businesses and governments around the world.
BlackBerry as a company even surpassed Wall Street’s third-quarter revenue estimates last week and posted net income of $ 74 million (roughly Rs 551 crore). This was significant compared to a loss of $ 130 million (approximately Rs 970 crore) a year earlier.
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