BlackBerry Pulls Life Support for Once-Indispensable Business Smartphones

Blackberry lost favour with users with the advent of Apple's iPhone and rival Android handsets.

BlackBerry Pulls Life Support for Once-Indispensable Business Smartphones

BlackBerry said it would take steps to decommission legacy services for BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS

Highlights
  • BlackBerry pivoted to making cybersecurity software and embedded OS
  • Social media was alight with tributes to BlackBerry
  • Former US President Barack Obama was one of its most celebrated users

BlackBerry is pulling the plug on service for its once ubiquitous business smartphones, which were toted by executives, politicians, and legions of fans in the early 2000s.

The move marks the end of an era as the phones, which sported a tiny QWERTY physical keyboard, pioneered push email and the BBM instant messaging service.

Former US President Barack Obama, one of its most celebrated users, made headlines in 2016 when he was asked to give up his BlackBerry and replace it with an unnamed smartphone.

Blackberry lost favour with users with the advent of Apple's touchscreen iPhone handsets and rival Android devices. In recent years, the company pivoted to making cybersecurity software and embedded operating systems for cars.

Social media was alight with tributes. One Twitter user reminisced it was a "fabulous machine" and hoped the company's phones would be resurrected.

In a document published in 2020, the company said it would take steps to decommission legacy services for BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS operating systems and added devices running on them would no longer be supported and may not be able to receive or send data, make phone calls or send messages reliably.

A US judge on Monday rejected the company's bid to dismiss a lawsuit claiming it defrauded shareholders by inflating the success and profitability of smartphones using BlackBerry 10 OS, and said the class-action case could go to trial this fall.

© Thomson Reuters 2022


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