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Seriously, it’s time to get rid of that classic BlackBerry, for real now


The long, lonesome death of the classic BlackBerry brand hits another milestone tomorrow, as the company finally will end access to legacy services. Users still hanging onto devices running BlackBerry OS 7.1 and BlackBerry 10 will lose substantial functionality on Tuesday, January 4. The list includes — but is not limited to — key features like data, phone calls, SMS and 911 access. So, you know, the stuff you do with a phone.
As the company notes, this move is a long time coming. BlackBerry ditched its in-house hardware way back in 2016, farming out the brand to companies like TCL (which called it quits in 2020). The company announced the January 4 shutdown all the way back in 2020, so, you can’t accuse BlackBerry …

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