January 24, 2022

This Week in Amateur Radio

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Blackberry smartphone

Bye-bye BlackBerry

Company is set to kill support for its classic smartphones running on its own operating system on January 4 – 22 years after the device first hit the market

BlackBerry, the Canadian company that took the world by storm in 2000 with its classic smartphone, announced Friday that it is killing support for the iconic device.

On January 4, 2022, any devices running on BlackBerry 7.1 and earlier, BlackBerry 10 software and BlackBerry OS 2.1 and earlier will all go dark.

This means such technologies will no longer receive or make phone calls and texts, use data or call 911.

BlackBerry says in the announcement that WiFi and mobile data might also become unreliable, and applications including BlackBerry Link, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, BlackBerry World, BlackBerry Protect, BlackBerry Messenger, and BlackBerry Blend ‘will also have limited functionality.’

Read more – Daily Mail: https://bit.ly/3pHwSAC