Flashback: goodbye, BlackBerry, and thanks for all the keyboards

09 January 2022
The acclaimed phones just couldn't handle the arrival of iOS and Android. Earlier this week the classic BlackBerrys stopped working.

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  • arkenoi
  • 0B7
  • 18 Sep 2022

but that's BS. you still can call and access the internet on bb10 as before.

    checkout www.androidonpassport.com

      I have owned a Blackberry product since 2013. I ADORE them.
      In 2016, I lost my left dominant arm in a car accident and my Blackberry became an invaluable tool thanks to it's keyboard feature.
      Touchscreen phones require two-handedness and are un-usable to me.
      I am awaiting the launch promised by Onward Mobility with bated breath. I hope they take my situation into account.

        BlackBerry is a brand I just couldn't break away from: for the past 4+ years I've been trying to find something I enjoy as much as my KEYᵒⁿᵉ and Priv but nothing comes close. As soon as I spend anywhere from $200 to $1200+ on the latest and greatest I'm missing my clicky buttons and shortcuts only BlackBerry has, and I've tried almost everything under the sun - Motorola, Huawei, Nokia, Razer, Razr 5G and even flagship from LG (v40) and Samsung (note 10+). Add to this the unique designs that my head-turners have, the cool factor when people regularly ask "wow is that a new BlackBerry?" and that FlossFactor™ of I've got it and you don't - and BlackBerry continues to be special and one of a kind, even after all these years.

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          • A.V. Suresh Sharma
          • 7kd
          • 20 Jan 2022

          I am using the BlackBerry Evolve at present. I am satisfied with it even though it has become a bit slow.

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            • Kola
            • nTZ
            • 18 Jan 2022

            BB10 on Z10 is my favorite touch screen phone experience till today, except Z10 quickly became super slow and with awfully short battery juice...
            I still do have BB email & other productivity apps + BBM Enterprise (for my private needs, it costs few bucks yearly).
            Was using sideloaded BB keyboard app on my old Samsung S7 for a while. Would prefer using it today if it was available from app store & supported by BB - best keyboard app ever!

              Interestingly, I actually live in the Canadian city of BlackBerry Headquarters (yeah I just gave away my location, don't stalk me :3), but I have never owned a BlackBerry in my life other than the BlackBerry Playbook tablet.

              And my God does the Playbook bring back sweet memories. I still have it actually. I was only a young teen when I owned one and despite the limitations of the OS and BB Market, I found much joy in using it. It was the only smart device my parents bought me.

              I remember "jailbreaking" my playbook so that I could sideload apps and games on it. I even sideloaded an Android ICS emulator, and could play many Android-based games.

              Those were the good memories.

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                • Anonymous
                • k9s
                • 16 Jan 2022

                How is your bold still working?

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                  • Anonymous
                  • r3b
                  • 16 Jan 2022

                  My favorite smartphone experiences have been with a blackberry phone. The BB classic in particular. The trajectory the company has taken is quite sad for their customers.

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                    • Chinmoy
                    • DkR
                    • 13 Jan 2022

                    I still use blackberry priv. It's an unique device of its kind. Still I have nt seen any better sliding smart phone in market till date

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                      • Anonymous
                      • 8m1
                      • 13 Jan 2022

                      Still got 9900, Q10 and Q20 (Classic) and as digital notebooks, as I use them, they are wonderfull for me.

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                        • Anonymous
                        • 7tT
                        • 11 Jan 2022

                        Tegowner, 10 Jan 2022What about the KeyOne, Motion and key2???????They are android devices so they will run just fine

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                          • GSK
                          • D0h
                          • 11 Jan 2022

                          Didn't you miss Key1 and Key2 devices?? Or did I miss it in the article scrolling??
                          I was a BB fan and I'm quite sad to see the phones go away...

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                            • Anonymous
                            • IbG
                            • 11 Jan 2022

                            Samath N8 808 owner, 10 Jan 2022I'd like to point out some facts: 1. every major mobi... more1. Every USA company manufacture its products abroad in Asia.
                            2. Every USA company hires Asian workforce inside USA, using H1B visa.
                            3. Most USA IT companies have CEO an Asian Indian.
                            4. Every IT USA company sells its goods in Europe especially.
                            5. Every IT USA company has offshore offices mostly in India and pays them cheap.

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                              • Tegowner
                              • Euy
                              • 10 Jan 2022

                              What about the KeyOne, Motion and key2???????

                                Very nicely written. Good job Gsm Arena.

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                                  • Bel-Bb
                                  • 38d
                                  • 10 Jan 2022

                                  What people were looking to get is a Passport under Android.

                                  The Priv was a mistake, it couldn't replace it.

                                  RIP, you deserved a much better ending!

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                                    • Freddy
                                    • fe2
                                    • 10 Jan 2022

                                    My Blackberry Classic still works as far as the net and texting and calling.

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                                      • Anonymous
                                      • PZs
                                      • 10 Jan 2022

                                      Samath N8 808 owner, 10 Jan 2022I'd like to point out some facts: 1. every major mobi... moreamerican company, marvel studios, based on comics, the infinity saga, marvel cinematic universe phase 1 to 3, has warned us, even the foundation of the shield is noble, shield is destroyed by hydra because of high ranking shield officers are actually embrace hydra believes from the very start ... for ... total control and power

                                      battlestar galactica, terminator, star trek clearly american companies that has warned mankind live on earth

                                      and the reply from most of those who consider themselves as adults ... are ... thats just movies, science fiction, comics, they dont live in real world ...

                                      ... yeah ... right ... whatever ...

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                                        • Chris H
                                        • 6rX
                                        • 10 Jan 2022

                                        I do not normally post on line, however I do look at this website once in a while, sad what has become of the mobile phone industry and more so Blackberry.
                                        For sake of clarity some people are saying their Blackberry still works, anything below 7.1 will not work, Sys 10 will work.
                                        B.I.S being Blackberry Internet Service was shut down on Jan 4th, all of a sudden Blackberry pulled the switch and all over the planet 100's of thousands of Blackberry phones stopped working.
                                        This is how Blackberry thank people for their loyalty, historically the carriers would charge about an extra 5 for B.I.S and Blackberry made about 2 a customer.
                                        Seemingly Blackberry decided those 2's are no longer cost effective.
                                        Yes Blackberry is old, however purely for Email Blackberry Sys 7 is still the best email client.
                                        Not everybody is a buffoon that wants to press a coloured button with Like or Follow.
                                        Blackberry could not care less about loyal customers.
                                        They could not even be bothered updating the software on 7.1 and below so it would work without B.I.S.
                                        Sad, Blackberry along with Motorola, Curtis and OKI 900's were iconic, now all Blackberry care about is money.
                                        100 of thousands of phones stopped working due to Blackberry's greed.
                                        Terrible societal indictment.