The iPhone is considered to be one of the most popular smartphones on the market today, but in the 2000s blackberry Phones were probably one of the coolest devices out there. Although the old BlackBerry phones were long gone, the company still offered support for them – but no more.
To officially end an era BlackBerry announced on Thursday (over ArsTechnica) support for the classic BlackBerry smartphones with BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 will be discontinued. The company is warning customers who are still using phones with such software that they will no longer receive patches to ensure that the carrier or Wi-Fi connection remains functional.
As a result, even basic functions such as calls, cellular data, text messages, and emergency calls may no longer work on BlackBerry phones. Of course, this does not affect BlackBerry smartphones running Android. Support for BlackBerry OS will officially end on January 4, 2022.
As a reminder, the legacy services for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier, BlackBerry 10 software, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier versions will no longer be available after January 4, 2022. As of this date, devices running these legacy services and software will no longer function reliably over cellular carriers or Wi-Fi connections, including for data, telephone, SMS and 9-1-1 functionality .
The “end” of BlackBerry after the iPhone
The iPhone certainly changed the entire smartphone industry in 2007, but at the time virtually all phone manufacturers didn’t believe Apple would have such an impact on the market.
When Apple announced the first iPhone, several executives came from RIM (the company that created BlackBerry) Made jokes about Apple’s smartphone because they thought consumers would never want a smartphone with a touchscreen and a virtual keyboard.
Mike Lazaridis [BlackBerry’s founder] on the iPhone in November 2007: “Try entering a web key on an Apple iPhone touchscreen, this is a real challenge. You cannot see what you are typing “
However, consumers really appreciated having a smartphone with a large touchscreen. And while the iPhone became a huge global success, it wasn’t until the years following the launch of the first iPhone that BlackBerry’s market value fell significantly, and the company eventually lost ground.
On the other hand, companies like Samsung quickly followed Apple’s path with touchscreen smartphones to stay in the market. When BlackBerry decided to keep going with its smartphones, it was too late.
And if you’re still using a classic BlackBerry phone in 2021, be sure to back up all of your data ASAP. Let us know what you thought of the BlackBerry and iPhone in the comments section below.
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