We’re saying goodbye to BlackBerry this time, and we mean it

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techno.rentetan.com – On January 4, 2022, legacy devices will no longer be able to make phone calls, access the internet, dial 911, or send text messages. BlackBerry and Android smartphones will be unaffected by this bug. My first major phone purchase was a BlackBerry, which I used for many years before becoming a member of the iPhone cult, which I have been a part of for many years. When the passage of time reduced its speed to that of a turtle, I placed it in one of the various apartments and homes I’d lived in to begin its new existence. I’d forgotten about BlackBerry smartphones over the years, as I’m sure most of you have as well (no insult to the ardent BlackBerry enthusiasts out there), but that has changed suddenly.

Only because BlackBerry phones will be formally phased out on January 4, 2022, am I bringing up the subject of BlackBerry phones right now. If this sounds familiar to you, it’s because we’ve been warning about the impending demise of BlackBerry phones since at least 2016, when the firm stated that it would be exiting the hardware industry entirely. It has been a long time since pieces of its empire, such as the BlackBerry World software store and the iconic BBM messaging service, have begun to crumble slowly.

Nonetheless, for everyone who still possesses a legacy smartphone, it is really past time to say goodbye to that gadget.

A recent support message on BlackBerry’s website kindly reminded users of devices running BlackBerry 7.1 operating system and earlier, BlackBerry 10 operating system and earlier versions of the software, and BlackBerry PlayBook operating system 2.1 and earlier versions—all of which are considered legacy devices—that these products will lose the ability to perform key functions after Jan. 4, 2022.

BlackBerry, which currently supplies security software for these devices, initially declared that these devices will be phased out in September 2020, however this was later changed.

BlackBerry claimed handsets using these old services and software via either carrier or Wi-Fi connections would no longer be able to reliably operate, including for data transmissions, phone calls and SMS, as well as for 9-1-1 capabilities.

The BlackBerry Link, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, BlackBerry Blend, and other BlackBerry applications, as well as the BlackBerry browser, will have “restricted functionality.” Users who have a BlackBerry hosted email address or who get misdirected mail to a BlackBerry hosted email address will need to transfer to a different email service provider.

Users who redirect their email to a BlackBerry email address or who use an improved Sim Based License or Identity Based License will not be impacted by the end-of-service date, which is important to remember. According to BlackBerry, customers will be required to buy a standard license in order to utilize BlackBerry business services on their device in order to use BlackBerry enterprise services on their device.

The business doesn’t mince words when it comes to what you should do if you have a BlackBerry legacy device that you don’t want to part with.

“Clients will be required to upgrade to new devices. “Please contact your preferred wireless carrier for additional information on the devices and plans that are currently available,” BlackBerry said.

Let’s toast to BlackBerry smartphones. Despite the fact that they will no longer be around, the corporation may rest certain that they left a lasting impression on society. With regard to my BlackBerry, which is currently hidden away in an undisclosed drawer, it served me well while it was in my possession.