In August 2020 it looked like this blackberry celebrated a comeback since TCL dropped it and announced that it would introduce new smartphones with physical QWERTY keyboards along with 5G connectivity sometime in 2021. The once largest supplier of QWERTY smartphones, BlackBerry, intends to return to the European and North American markets in 2021 – thanks to a new license partnership with FIH Mobile Limited and OnwardMobility.
These plans and the new equipment everything seems to have failed like Blackberry announce now that all phones or tablets that run on BlackBerry’s own software (BlackBerry 7.1 or earlier, BlackBerry 10) will “no longer work reliably” from January 4th. The outage will even extend to the company’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet operating system.
“As As another milestone on the BlackBerry journey, we will take steps to retire legacy services for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier, BlackBerry 10 software, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier versions End of life or termination date, dated January 4, 2022. As of that date, devices running these obsolete services and software over cellular or WiFi connections will no longer function reliably, including for data, phone calls, SMS, and 9-1-1 functionality. As a thank you to our loyal partners and customers, we have decided to extend our service until then, “says a company statement.
What’s next for BlackBerry?
But that doesn’t mean the end of the business, the company is now focused on providing intelligent security software and services to businesses and governments around the world. It does mean a brutal death for all Blackberry devices, however, and while we doubt many people are still using them, it’s sad to see them go along with their QWERTY keyboards.
Some of you may be wondering what happens to the data stored by Blackberry. The company stated in its statement that it will retain this information for as long as it is “necessary for BlackBerry to fulfill its identified purposes or otherwise to comply with applicable law”.