BlackBerry stops working from today

As of today, January 4, the telephones BlackBerry with the operating systems 7.1, 10 or PlayBook OS 2.1, or those that are previous, they will stop working after the decision of the Canadian company

Angela Merkel shows the back of a BlackBerry in 2014
Angela Merkel shows the back of a BlackBerry in 2014

As of today, January 4, the telephones BlackBerry with the operating systems 7.1, 10 or PlayBook OS 2.1, or those that are previous, they will stop working after the decision of the Canadian company to discontinue the service of these devices.

BlackBerry, which in the face of the dominance of Apple and Android phones decided in 2015 to transform itself into a software company to leave the production of phones, has said that data functions, phone calls, text messages and emergency calls will stop working “reliably”.

The company, which is considered the inventor of smartphones and which before the appearance of Apple’s iPhone dominated the market, reported in December the upcoming end of services for these devices.

The Canadian company added its appreciation to the “many loyal customers and partners” it has had throughout its history, which started in 1984 when Canadian entrepreneurs Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin created the company Research in Motion (RIM).

In 1999 RIM launched a “pager” capable of sending and receiving e-mails. in addition to other notifications. The product was the first to be labeled with the BlackBerry name.

When Manzana launched its first iPhone in 2007, BlackBerry, with its physical keyboard, was the phone of choice for top executives, celebrities, and politicians.. In 2009, the Canadian company’s phones accounted for 20% of the smartphone market.

The company continued to bet on the physical keyboard and corporate customers while Apple did so on touchscreens without a physical keyboard and individual consumers.

Pressure from the iPhone and Google’s Android-based phones quickly reduced sales of BlackBerry phones. In 2013, the company announced that it would change its name from RIM to BlackBerry to try to relaunch their products.

But just two years later, BlackBerry recognized that it could not compete with Apple and Android and announced that it would begin a process to become a software company and stop producing phones.

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