As of earlier this month your classic BlackBerry cellphone will no longer function. The company will stop offering support for its classic devices—anything running BlackBerry 10, 7.1 OS and earlier. Any device not running on Android will cease to function entirely. This means no data, no text messages, no internet access, and no phone calls—including 911.
Many, maybe most, cellphone users have gone on from BlackBerry. The latest versions of its OS was released in 2013. The company announced the news originally in 2020. They will go on as BlackBerry Limited and offer security software and services to governments and businesses.
BlackBerry’s original cellphone featuring a physical keyboard was THE cellphone to own for image concerned business people around the turn of the century. Once nicknamed “CrackBerries” they were most popular among professionals who liked the ability to work outside the office using the BlackBerry’s physical keyboard and software tools they used on a desktop computer.
They were a Wall Street status symbol as well as an accessory for famous faces like Kim Kardashian. Even former President Barack Obama was know for his love of his BlackBerry, party because of the high level of security they offered.
Blackberry phones offered many things standard cellphones didn’t do or didn’t do well or securely—email, apps, web browsing and an encrypted text message system called BBM that came well before options like WhatsApp.
However, BlackBerry never kept up with touchscreen revolution that started with Apple’s iPhone in 2007. BlackBerry has continued to find some success via enterprise and auto software. And some fans are still holding out for the Onward Mobility BlackBerry 5G device that was expected to launch this year, which seems unlikely at this late hour.