BlackBerry pulls in life support for once indispensable business smartphones

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BlackBerry is pulling in the plug-on service for its once ubiquitous business smartphones, which were worn by executives, politicians and legions of fans in the early 2000s.

The move marks the end of an era where phones with a tiny physical QWERTY keypad pioneered push email and the BBM instant messaging service.

Former US President Barack Obama, one of its most famous users, made headlines in 2016 when he was told to ditch his BlackBerry and replace it with a nameless smartphone.

Blackberry lost user favor with the advent of Apple’s touchscreen iPhone phones and competing Android devices. Over the past few years, the company has been dedicated to developing cybersecurity software and embedded operating systems for cars.

Social media was full of obeisances. One Twitter user recalled that it was a “fabulous machine” and hoped the company’s phones would be revived.

In a document released in 2020, the company said it will take steps to retire legacy services for BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS operating systems, and added devices that run on them will no longer be supported and may not be able to Receive or send data, establish telephones, make reliable calls or send messages.

A U.S. judge on Monday denied the company’s offer to dismiss a lawsuit alleging it defrauded shareholders by inflating the success and profitability of BlackBerry 10 OS smartphones, saying the class action lawsuit could Fall to be brought to justice.

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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