Blackberry to stop service for classic BlackBerry devices on January 4

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Blackberry to stop service for classic BlackBerry devices on January 4

Blackberry will stop service for its classic devices on January 4, the company reminded users in a statement.

Blackberry reminded its users of the imminent shutdown of legacy services for the phone, which was posted on December 22.

The statement said that legacy services for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier, BlackBerry 10 software, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier versions will no longer be available after January 4, 2022.

The shutdown means that the phones won't be able to function reliably for data, phone calls, SMS, and 9-1-1 functionality, according to the company.

In September of 2020, Blackberry was relocating from phones to a software company that focuses on providing intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments.

Blackberry phones were once a status symbol among celebrities and CEOs, and they were omnipresent in many aspects of pop culture. The brand peaked in 2012, but as technology moved away from the Blackberry's external keyboard and toward the full screen of the smartphone, so did pop culture.

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