[REVIEW] : Your Blackberry smartphone will soon stop working, the brand abandons its OS
All BlackBerry smartphones using the brand’s OS will gradually cease to function properly as of Tuesday, January 4, 2022. The Canadian company has declared its operating system obsolete. So a whole generation of phones that were particularly popular at the end of the 2000s were abandoned.
This Tuesday, January 4, 2022, the BlackBerry operating system is officially obsolete. Dozens of smartphone models running on the Canadian company’s OS will gradually cease to function properly, especially for data, call, SMS and emergency call functions, reports Numerama.
“The old services for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier, BlackBerry 10 software, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier, will no longer be available after January 4, 2022”BlackBerry announced on its website. Note that BlackBerry phones running Android are not affected.
The end of a telephone giant
This announcement marks the end of the popularity of BlackBerry, which was in the Top 4 smartphone vendors in the early 2010s along with Nokia, Samsung and LG. Since the development of touchscreen keyboards, the products of the Canadian brand have declined, with the company failing to keep up or ahead of trends.
BlackBerry: phones will stop working
Since this Tuesday 4 January, all phones BlackBerry running under the brand’s operating system will no longer be supported and will therefore stop functioning. It’s the end of a big story with these popular phones in the 2000s.
If you still have a BlackBerry purchased between 2001 and 2013, it is then time for you to say goodbye to him. Already on February 3, 2020, the brand announced on Twitter the end of the marketing of its phones by TCL from August 30, 2020. Leading the telephony market in 2009, the brand did not withstand the shock of l expansion of Apple and Android and collapsed in 2016.
Recall that in the 2000s, these phones and its unique instant messaging system were iconic around the world. Rappers, reality TV stars, politicians, all the personalities used the famous telephone with the physical keypad. To be at the forefront of fashion, you had to own it. The telephone has even inspired many lyrics including Damso with his famous “No iPhone, BlackBerry Life” in B. #QuedusaalVie.
This Tuesday, January 4, this era is coming to an end. As announced on their website, the phones are “end of life” and will stop working (except BlackBerrys running Android). In the long term, no more messages or calls can be made.
A decision that reminds us of many memories. We thank the BlackBerry for being used to the writing of so many classics from Damso.
Clap of end for BlackBerry smartphones on January 4
The famous touch-tone phones had revolutionized the telecom industry in the 2000s.
The end of an era. Since Tuesday, BlackBerry phones have stopped responding. It has become impossible to call, send text messages or go on the Internet from devices that use the operating system BlackBerry 10, 7.1, released in 2013, and all earlier versions. However, the owners of a more recent model running on Android be reassured: their device will continue to function normally.
The Canadian brand had turned the world of mobile telephony upside down in the 2000s with these large mobile devices, equipped with comfortable keypads and above all, a messaging system that made it possible to escape the billing of SMS sent between the brand’s phones. . A real plus when the texts were billed individually, sometimes several tens of euro cents.
The height of chic in the 2000s
Having a BlackBerry was the height of chic. The stars, the politicians, the traders of Wall Street drummed as they wanted on the keypad of this statutory telephone. But the brand, ranked for a time in the world top 3 and cumulating 80 million users, did not resist the arrival on the market of Apple’s iPhones, then Android phones, in particular powered by Samsung.
BlackBerry was not the only victim of the rise of smartphones in their current version. Nokia, Alcatel, Motorola and Ericsson also threw in the towel. Yet these brands continue to exist. Indeed, the American Motorola was sold to Lenovo. BlackBerry, Nokia and Alcatel smartphones are now manufactured under branded licenses by Chinese manufacturers.
The Canadian BlackBerry tried to resist in the early 2010s, relaunching new devices without a keyboard, but with a touch screen, then with a keyboard and touch screen, without ever succeeding in going up the slope. In addition, operators began to charge additional services specific to BlackBerry, while SMS billing had fallen, to go unlimited.
The rise of messaging services, including WhatsApp, has given the Canadian mobile phone the final blow. The group finally decided in 2016 to abandon its activities in consumer mobile telephony to focus on its professional division.
RIP: BlackBerry phones are now unusable
The company has announced that it will stop operating its telephony services.
BlackBerrys are on the verge of disappearing from the network. Iconic phones from the end of the 2000s with their devilishly practical AZERTY / QWERTY keyboards, they invaded all pockets for a very long time until that of Barack Obama who was an inconsiderate fan – he only abandoned it in 2016 .
Exceeding the giant Apple for a while, BlackBerry has however only known an ephemeral success. The 2010s and the arrival of Android will eventually complete the brand which will nevertheless try to adapt with a new operating system in 2013 – without success.
Now BlackBerry phones are over. The company itself has announced that telephone services will be phased out as of today * January 4. From now on, the BlackBerry company now sells cybersecurity software to private companies as well as to government institutions. This transformation, which took place five years ago after the failure of a telephone model, is much more profitable for the company.
You can therefore no longer use your BlackBerry phones, except those running Android, from now on. It might be time to change …
End clap for older BlackBerry models
As announced last month, Blackberry has stopped updates to its operating system OS, a move affecting its pre-2013 phone models.
Iconic phones with physical keypads cease to function on January 4, with BlackBerry no longer supporting them “reliably”. The Canadian brand, which experienced its golden age in the 2000s, marks the end of an era, and is turning to a new strategy.
Hard blow for those nostalgic for cell phones with a physical keypad: since Tuesday, many BlackBerry models are no longer functional.
The Canadian brand has decided, in fact, stop updates to its operating system OS on devices sold until 2013. “Older systems for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier versions, BlackBerry 10 software as well as BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.1 and earlier versions will no longer be available after January 4, 2022”, had announced the company last month on its website.
“As of this date, devices using these old services and software, via their provider or their Wi-Fi connection, will no longer work reliably, especially for functions related to data, phone calls, SMS sending and emergency calls“, BlackBerry added.