Older BlackBerry phones will stop working on January 4

At the end of the line : BlackBerry announced this week that it will stop supporting legacy services running its operating system in the coming days. Features that will simply no longer be available include basics like phone calls and text messaging, ending the life of older BlackBerry phones (not all models running Android) as mobile devices. communication.

The initial announcement that BlackBerry was ending support for the legacy operating system came in September 2020. This week, the company issued a recall as well as an extensive FAQ describing what users should do. On January 4, legacy services for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier, BlackBerry 10 software, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier, will end.

Devices running these operating systems, listed in the FAQ, will not be able to make calls, send text messages, or even dial 9-1-1 over a cellular or Wi-Fi network.

This also includes BlackBerry Desktop, Lin, Blend, World, Protect, Password Keeper, PIN-to-PIN device messaging, enhanced Sim-based licensing, and identity-based licensing. Email addresses hosted on BlackBerry will also stop working, even on other platforms like Android and iOS.

BBM for Enterprise and BBM Enterprise for Individual will still work through BlackBerry ID outside of the operating system that is reaching end of life. BlackBerry says users should move all data to other devices and platforms, calling their service providers as necessary.

In another era, the BlackBerry was a mainstay of mobile computing before smartphones embraced its functions. Even in this market, it could not outlive Apple and Samsung. The end of life for BlackBerry’s internal software has been a long time coming.

In 2016, BlackBerry stopped building its own phones to focus only on software, releasing the last in-house designed phone in 2017. In 2020, TCL also stopped making BlackBerry phones. BlackBerry offers from Android phones.

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