Individuals will lastly need to let their treasured BlackBerry merchandise go in 2022. The corporate has reminded its customers that it is dropping help for its legacy software program—together with its eponymous working system—early subsequent 12 months.
“As a reminder, the legacy companies for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier, BlackBerry 10 software program, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier variations, will now not be out there after January 4, 2022,” the corporate says in a help article. “As of this date, gadgets operating these legacy companies and software program by means of both provider or Wi-Fi connections will now not reliably perform, together with for information, cellphone calls, SMS and 9-1-1 performance.”
BlackBerry says that its Enhanced Sim Based mostly Licensing (ESBL) / Id Based mostly Licensing (IBL), BlackBerry Hyperlink, BlackBerry Desktop Supervisor, BlackBerry Mix, and BlackBerry hosted electronic mail addresses may also be affected by “the termination of those service choices and infrastructure.” A legacy model of BlackBerry Defend will likely be shut down as properly, however a brand new service with the identical title will proceed to function. (Which should not be complicated in any respect.)
It was solely a matter of time till BlackBerry shut down these companies. The corporate stopped manufacturing its personal telephones in 2016, shut down the favored BlackBerry Messenger in 2019, and a brand new BlackBerry-branded smartphones that OnwardMobility mentioned it will begin to ship within the first half of 2021 has but to debut. It is extra stunning that BlackBerry continued to help this legacy software program even because it refocused on safety merchandise.
BlackBerry says that its Android telephones “will not be impacted by the EOL of infrastructure companies until they’re receiving redirected electronic mail despatched to a BlackBerry hosted electronic mail tackle, or assigned an Enhanced Sim Based mostly License (ESBL) or Id Based mostly License (IBL).” (Emphasis theirs.) The corporate additionally notes that BBM Enterprise, its messaging and conferencing service for desktop and cell gadgets, will proceed to perform on different platforms.