BlackBerry OS phones will stop working properly as of January 4th


BlackBerry has already stirred up the dust in the smartphone market and lost its charm, as even its loyal fans may be using an iPhone or Android phone these days. However, given that some people might be using a BlackBerry phone, the Canadian company has reiterated that starting next week, its devices will no longer be able to support legacy services over cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity. The company initially announced the move in September last year, but expanded its service as an “expression of thanks” 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 4th, devices based on BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier, BlackBerry 10 software, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier versions will no longer “function reliably,” the company said in an updated notice on its website.

This means that there is no guarantee that BlackBerry phones with cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity will allow data access, make phone calls, send text messages, and even use 911.

No wonder, given that BlackBerry lost ground in the early 2010s.

Headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, the company struggled to regain its appeal. In 2013, it brought BlackBerry 10 to replace the aging BlackBerry operating system to appeal to Android and iOS users. In 2015, the company finally switched to Android and launched BlackBerry Priv as a new slider phone to take on the flagships from Apple and Samsung. However, none of this contributed to its success.

In 2016, BlackBerry finally brought in license partners like TCL Communication for global markets and Optiemus Infracom in India to keep its brand name with third party devices. The license partners introduced models such as BlackBerry KeyOne and Key2.

However, TCL announced in February 2020 that it would no longer produce BlackBerry phones. Other brand licensees have also remained silent since October 2018 – after the introduction of BlackBerry Key2 LE, which was the last phone to hit the market under the brand.

Texas startup OnwardMobility attempted in 2020 to launch a 5G BlackBerry phone in 2021. However, this model has not yet hit the market.

Moving away from legacy services on BlackBerry phones doesn’t mean the BlackBerry brand is completely dead. The company is currently in the process of developing its security software and services for various companies and governments around the world.

BlackBerry as a company even surpassed Wall Street estimates for its third quarter revenue last week, reporting net income of $ 74 million (roughly Rs 551 billion). That was substantial compared to a loss of $ 130 million (about Rs.970 billion) a year earlier.

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Jagmeet Singh writes on Consumer Technology for Gadgets 360 in New Delhi. Jagmeet is Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360 and has written extensively on apps, computer security, internet services and telecommunications developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @ JagmeetS13 or by email at Please send your hints and tips. More Vivo Y21T with triple rear camera, Snapdragon 680 SoC launched: price, specifications

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