Smartphones with internet-enabled keyboards were the sexiest business accessory, favoured by Barack Obama and Kim Kardashian.
Sadly, as the iPhone gained popularity, BlackBerry's fortunes waned, and the Canadian company shifted focus to security software.
BlackBerry was once licenced to a Chinese manufacturer named TCL, but that deal expired in 2020.
Now it appears that all ex-BlackBerry handsets will stop working when the corporation discontinues all software support.
Phone services will terminate Monday, January 4. Then the devices will ‘no longer reliably function.'
Making phone conversations, sending texts and receiving data are all possible.
BlackBerry announced last year that it would phase down legacy services, including support for its own operating systems like BlackBerry 10, by early 2022.
ESBL/IBL, BlackBerry hosted email addresses, BlackBerry Link, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, BlackBerry Blend, BlackBerry Protect (allows consumers to remotely lock, locate, or wipe BBOS, BlackBerry 10 devices) will all be affected by the termination of these services and infrastructure.
‘The new BlackBerry Protect, an AI-based endpoint security solution, is unaffected.'
The last BlackBerry OS version was launched in 2013.
Despite a few ardent admirers, most smartphone users have switched to iOS or Android after 2013.
If you still have a BlackBerry in a drawer, it's time to get rid of it.