BlackBerry was an early leader in the smartphone industry, but with the introduction of the iPhone and countless Android devices, the company quickly lost market share. BlackBerry eventually switched its phones to Android, starting with the BlackBerry Priv 2015, but the company kept its own mobile operating system running for a while longer. However, the servers that keep the BlackBerry OS alive will be shut down for good this week.
BlackBerry announced for the first time again in September 2020 that its legacy services would stop working on January 4th, 2022, and how Telephone arena pointed out, the shutdown date is almost reached. The original statement stated: “Devices running BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier software, BlackBerry 10 software, and BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier software through either cellular carriers or Wi-Fi connections will not function after January 4th more reliable ”.
BlackBerry’s Android powered devices, such as KeyOne, Key2, and Key2 LE, will continue to function as they did before (although most of them will not receive security updates). However, any devices running the proprietary operating system lose access to BlackBerry Protect, BlackBerry Password Keeper, BlackBerry ID, PIN-to-PIN device messages, hosted email addresses, and almost everything else that depends on external servers is. It is also not guaranteed that access to emergency calls will continue to work, but with most wireless carriers are migrating to VoLTE, that would break anyway (if it hasn’t already done that).
If you’re still rocking a BlackBerry phone before Android, it’s probably time to head for greener pastures. There aren’t any newer BlackBerry devices worth switching to as the newest option is still that Key2 LE from 2018, but the Unihertz titanium bag is an option for a modern Android device with a physical keyboard. OnwardMobility is supposedly still Working on a BlackBerry branded 5G Android phone, but there’s no telling when that will be available or if the phone will be good.