January 25, 2022

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BlackBerry ends service on its once-ubiquitous mobile devices

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BlackBerry ends service on its once-ubiquitous mobile devices
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BlackBerry ends service on its once-ubiquitous mobile devices
BlackBerry ends service on its once-ubiquitous mobile devices

To legions of executives, journalists and politicians – even the leader of the free world – they were once-indispensable devices for staying connected when ordinary cellphones wouldn’t suffice. The devices, with the quirky-sounding name BlackBerry and the QWERTY keyboard that conditioned many people to type with their thumbs, were more ubiquitous than iPhones during the late 2000s. But as of Tuesday, Blackberry models that use the company’s operating systems will go the way of the Commodore computer and the LaserDisc. So will their trademark trackballs and Tic Tac-sized letter keys. As part of an “end of life” decommissioning programme that was initially announced in 2020, BlackBerry said that as of January 4, 2022, it would no longer support the devices as the company completes its yearslong shift from making mobile phones to a software-based business model.
For some, the deadline represents a wistful conclusion to an era before touch screens when BlackBerries dominated offices, airport lounges and the West Wing. President Obama famously clung to his BlackBerry after taking office, prompting the White House to strip it down for security reasons.
Kevin Michaluk, the founder of CrackBerry, a website and forum dedicated to the once-popular devices, waxed nostalgic on Monday about the rise and fall of the technology. In 2016, BlackBerry abandoned making phones, devices that the company, previously named Research in Motion, had come to define. “The initial sadness for me has been lived several times,” said Michaluk, who uses the nickname CrackBerry Kevin. “To use my real name, people don’t know who the hell I am.” In a message posted on its website on December 22, BlackBerry reminded users that devices running legacy services over cellular networks or WiFi would no longer be able to receive or send text messages or other data, make phone calls or contact 911. The company, which thanked its users for their loyalty, did not comment further on Monday. On its website, the company pointed out that Android-powered models like the BlackBerry KEY2would not be affected by the change.
Few people came to be more synonymous with BlackBerry than Obama. Writing in his memoir, “A Promised Land,” Obama recalled, “Michelle joked that my BlackBerry was like one of those play phones you give toddlers,” he said, “where they get to press buttons and it makes noises and things light up but nothing actually happens.” nyt

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