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End of An Era: Blackberry phones will stop working on January 4

It’s the end of an era for Blackberry users. On January 4, the company behind the iconic black phone with its QWERTY keypad officially decommissioned the use of its software meaning classic Blackberry devices running on the company’s operating system will no longer work.

“As of this date, devices running these legacy services and software through either carrier or Wi-Fi connections will no longer reliably function, including for data, phone calls, SMS and 9-1-1 functionality,” said the company in a statement dated December 22, 2021.

“We thank our many loyal customers and partners over the years,” the company added.

Newer Blackberry devices running on Android software will continue to work for now.