Today, the iPhone is considered one of the most popular smartphones on the market, but in the 2000s, BlackBerry phones were probably one of the coolest devices anyone could have. Although the old BlackBerry phones are long gone, the company still offered support for them, but not anymore.
To officially end an era, BlackBerry announced Thursday will end support for classic BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10. The company advises customers who still use phones running such software that they will no longer receive any patches to ensure carrier or Wi-Fi connection remains running.
As a result, even basic functions such as calls, mobile data, SMS, and emergency calls may stop working on BlackBerry phones. This, of course, does not affect BlackBerry smartphones running Android. Support for BlackBerry OS will officially end on January 4, 2022.
As a reminder, legacy services for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier versions, BlackBerry 10 software, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier versions, will no longer be available after January 4, 2022. As of this date, devices running these Legacy software and services over Wi-Fi or carrier connections will no longer work reliably, including for data, phone calls, SMS, and 9-1-1 functionality.
The “end” of BlackBerry after the iPhone
The iPhone certainly changed the entire smartphone industry in 2007, but almost all phone makers at the time did not believe that Apple would have such an impact on the market.
When Apple announced the first iPhone, several executives at RIM (the company that created BlackBerry) made jokes about Apple’s smartphone since they thought that consumers would never want a smartphone with a touch screen and virtual keyboard.
Mike Lazaridis [BlackBerry’s founder] on iPhone in November 2007: “Try typing a web key on a touch screen on an Apple iPhone, that’s a real challenge. You can’t see what you write «
However, consumers really appreciated having a smartphone with a large touchscreen. And although the iPhone became a huge global success, the market value of the BlackBerry only dropped considerably in the years after the introduction of the first iPhone, and the company eventually lost its relevance.
On the other hand, companies like Samsung quickly followed Apple’s path with touchscreen smartphones to stay in the market. When BlackBerry decided to go ahead with its smartphones, it was too late.
And if you’re still using a classic BlackBerry phone in 2021, well, you better backup all your data ASAP. Let us know in the comment section below what you thought about BlackBerry and the iPhone back then.
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