Blackberry phones stop working on January 4, signals the end of an era for the classic cellphone
It’s the end of an era for Blackberry users. On January 4, the company behind the iconic black phone with its QWERTY keypad officially decommissioned the use of its software meaning classic Blackberry devices running on the company’s operating system will no longer work.
While most mobile users have moved on from BlackBerry — the last version of its operating system launched in 2013 — the move to discontinue support for its phones represents the end of what was once considered bleeding-edge technology.
Blackberry’s 2021 announcement was an update to an earlier September 9, 2020, statement from Blackberry CEO John Chen, where he announced that the company was transitioning to become a software company, and decommissioning all its legacy services.
Apple’s touchscreen revolution with the iPhone in 2007 made BlackBerry’s offerings appear lacking. It tried touch screens and slide-out keyboard models, with little success. It developed a few phones with no physical keyboard, but those were missing BlackBerry’s key differentiator: its tactile keyboard.
BlackBerry eventually gave up on its own software, embracing Android and layering its security software on top. It found some success in enterprise security software and automotive software.
Now, Blackberry has pivoted to become a cybersecurity firm, netting around a billion dollars in revenue in 2020.
Source: CNN Business