Popular phone brand, BlackBerry, will become non-existent after today as devices running the original operating system and services will no longer be supported.
This marks the end of an era for the storied device that catapulted work into the mobile era.
Waterloo, formerly known as Research In Motion, whose signature handset in the 1990s came to embody working on the move, said handsets running its in-house software “will no longer be expected to reliably function” after Tuesday, according to its end-of-life page, Bloomberg reports.
The move, which was first announced in 2020, effectively kills off a line-up that remains popular to this day in parts of the world for its reliability and security.
BlackBerry devices and their physical keyboards were once the go-to mobile device both for professionals keeping up with email and younger people messaging on its proprietary platform.
The company’s appeal waned as Apple’s iPhone and a slew of Android handsets with larger displays, better graphics and wider app offerings took over the market during the past decade.
The Canadian company stopped making its own smartphones in 2016, shifting to a software-only business and licensing its brand and services to TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited, which continued to release devices until its deal ran out in 2020. The TCL devices were powered by Alphabet Inc’s Android OS and will be supported until August.
The company said, “These devices 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. Applications will also have limited functionality.”