January 4, 2022 marks the definitive end of software support for most BlackBerry phones! Find out which models are affected and the reasons why BlackBerry stopped its services. We also take the opportunity to look back at the golden age of these iconic keyboard phones, which revolutionized mobile commerce in the early 2000s.
Which BlackBerry models are affected?
As recently announced Blackberry on its website, 4 January 2022 officially marking the end of their iconic phones! Phones with operating systems BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1, 10 Software, 7.1 OS and earlier will in fact gradually become obsolete from today, as the Canadian brand will no longer provide technical support or updates and, in this sense, will no longer be able to guarantee the correct functioning of its devices. Thereby, models released between 2001 and 2013 will lose their ability to ring over time, to send text messages Where to connect to the Internet. However, newer models running Android are not affected.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of BlackBerry models you can continue to use after January 4, 2022 :
- BlackBerry Key 2 LE ;
- BlackBerry Key 2 ;
- BlackBerry Evolve ;
- BlackBerry EvolveX ;
- BlackBerry Motion ;
- BlackBerry Key One.
Why is BlackBerry abandoning ship?
Blackberry has wiped the slate clean of its past since its bitter failure in the mobile phone market and now practices in cyber security. It is therefore naturally understandable that the company seeks to definitively put an end to an old unproductive activity, which always costs it, and at the same time to give up the responsibility that follows from it in order to be able to fully concentrate on the mission that is incumbent that today. as the brand itself explains in these terms:
“Today, BlackBerry is focused on providing intelligent security software and services to businesses and governments around the world. Since transitioning to an enterprise software and cybersecurity company, we’ve received questions about our plans to provide continued support for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier and BlackBerry 10 devices. In 2017, we committed to providing at least two additional years of support for BlackBerry 10 and at least two years of BlackBerry network access for BBOS devices. On January 4, 2022, devices running these service offerings via carrier or Wi-Fi connections, no longer work reliably, including for data, phone calls, text messages and chat functionality. emergency calls. We have chosen to extend our service until this date to thank our loyal partners and customers”.
The History of BlackBerry Phones: From Glory to Extinction
Growth with great fanfare
It all starts in 1984 with the creation of EDGE (Research in Motion Limited), a Canadian society specialized in designthat manufacture and sale of wireless mobile communication solutions. The brand marketed its very first blackberry phone in 1999which then used the network Mobitex ; a radio data transmission network. Two years later 2001while mobile telephony began a real revolution with the 3G network, the brand’s first mobile phone was born: BlackBerry 5810.
This phone was a huge success and paved the way for the following generations. Companies were first conquered by physical keyboard integrated and design optimized above all to facilitate text exchange ; and at the same time the lives of their employees on the move. It didn’t take long before the brand’s phones in turn seduced the general public. The numbers speak for themselves: in 2004about 2 million users held one blackberry phone. The following year, the brand’s popularity rating literally exploded as the number of users doubled more than 4 million ! Always with 2005RIM launches its own instant messaging application: BBM ; which will be a real hit, especially with young people. Before the late 2000swas marked at its peak and held 20% market share.
Among the most emblematic models of the brand there are in particular BlackBerry Pearl (2006) and His navigation ball which was recycled on the following generations, the BlackBerry Curve (2007), or the BlackBerry Ball (2008).
An equally dazzling descent
IN 2007, a new player entered the mobile telephony market; This is’Apple which presented everything first iphone ! This newcomer will disrupt the codes of mobile telephony forever by offering a touch screen and a revolutionary application system. The smartphone was born and will mark the beginning of the end for RIM; which saw the popularity of its phones decline while smartphones began to rise. The company responded as of 2008 by marketing its first all-touch phone : that BlackBerry Storm ; however, success did not materialize. IN 2010the Canadian manufacturer once again returned to the charge with its BlackBerry Torch 9800 ; a hybrid model equipped with a touch screen and one physical sliding keyboard, which unfortunately is not enough to reverse the trend. IN 2013the brand drives one strategy change by now focusing its activity on software and security. RIM also changed its name and officially became BlackBerry the same year.
The brand will try several times to win back its audience, especially through marketing BlackBerry passportor that BlackBerry Classic in 2014. She will even go so far as to give up her own OS and switch to the system android with his BlackBerry Priv in 2015or outsource the production of its phones to the Chinese manufacturer TCL in 2016which will especially give life to the range keyBefore’stop the production of smartphones in 2020. All the brand’s attempts to regain its former glory will prove fruitless, then the company’s market share has been around 0 since 2015. A page in the history of the brand is turned today with the end of software support for old iconic phones.