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4 Jan 2022

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The Canadian company, BlackBerry Ltd., has announced that its mobile phone devices will stop functioning after January 4th, 2022, marking the end of its legacy as a once-reigning purveyor of classic phones popular among professionals and youth alike.

The company in a written statement revealed that their handsets will “lack the ability to receive over the air provisioning updates and as such, this functionality will no longer be expected to reliably function, including for data, phone calls, SMS and 9-1-1 functionality.” As a result, BlackBerry devices will stop working after Tuesday.

BlackBerry had stopped the production of its smartphones in 2016 and became a software company, after handing over its smartphone production operations to TCL Communication Holdings Ltd. that manufactured new handset models until 2020, following the expiration of its deal.

Formerly known as Research In Motion, BlackBerry Ltd. rose to prominence for its edgy, reliable handsets, propelling the company to the forefront as the leading manufacturer of the choicest phones in the 1990s. However, with the rise of Apple Inc.’s iPhone and a variety of subsequent Android smartphones, BlackBerry’s allure began to fade culminating in the current shutdown of its devices which, despite its many recurrent setbacks, continue to remain popular if not the most popular as it once was.

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