BlackBerry is removing services from multiple models and phones to stop working this week

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Many mobile phones from BlackBerry Ltd. will stop working reliably on Tuesday, after the company decommission several of its services.

The Waterloo, Ontario-based company is decommissioning services for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier, BlackBerry 10 software, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier, as it moves from production of phones to a software.

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Decommissioning will not impact BlackBerry phones running Android software, but means devices running company legacy software and services over carrier or Wi-Fi connections will no longer have data. reliable phone calls, text messages and 9-1-1 features.

“It’s sad to see these older devices go extinct, but it’s not unexpected,” said Dave Mason, a longtime BlackBerry user in Didsbury, Alta.

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“There’s not much they can put in there in terms of time and safety, as everyone uses Android or Apple devices.”

Mason, storm chaser and photographer, has owned at least half a dozen BlackBerry devices over the past decades.

When he got his first BlackBerry smartphone, he said the company was known for its “sexy” devices. Although that reputation has since waned, it has stuck with BlackBerry phones because of their commitment to security and their Canadian roots.

Kim Kardashian was a prominent BlackBerry user.


Blackberry, formerly known as Research In Motion Ltd., was founded by Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin in 1984, but BlackBerry devices date back to the 1990s, when the company released an email-enabled pager. She later produced her first smartphones.

Users loved their full keyboards, which make it easy to type long missives, and BlackBerry Messenger, a communications service that allows BlackBerry users to chat with each other once after sharing unique PINs.

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Phones soared in popularity and were considered so addicting that they were often referred to as “crackberries”.

BlackBerry has even had celebrity fans like former US President Barack Obama, who refused to give up his BlackBerry when he took office, and Kim Kardashian.

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“BlackBerry has my heart and soul. I love it. I will never get rid of it,” Kardashian reportedly said at the Code / Mobile conference in 2014.

“I’m afraid I will run out and not be able to get a BlackBerry. I’m afraid he’ll go out.

She admitted to keeping a stock of BlackBerry phones on hand because she was so loyal to the Bold model, but has since been spotted on her family’s TV series using an iPhone.


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Ann-Louise Winter, a longtime BlackBerry fan in Toronto, had a similar stash of eight BB10 models.

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When she heard that BlackBerry was shutting down many of its services, she was sad because she still loved the “retro and nostalgic feel” of devices when she browsed their apps and games.

“Knowing that it’s finally gone, it’s so sad,” she said.

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Winter was frustrated when he bought a new phone and the seller prevented him from buying another BlackBerry, but suggested Apple or Android voices, the invention and growth of which drastically reduced the number of BlackBerry users.

BlackBerry has finally started prioritizing its security software and services, including its QNX business, which focuses on the automotive sector, but has licensed its mark to phone makers TCL and OnwardMobility.

As part of its abandonment of its mobile business, the company has announced that it will end services for many of its phones in 2020.

Mason won’t have to give up his BlackBerry just yet as it is one of the Android-powered devices manufactured by TCL, but he is worried that these phones will be retired from service in the near future.

“There is always a worry in the back of my mind that this could happen. “

© 2022 The Canadian Press

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