BlackBerry Pulls Life Support for Once-Indispensable Business Smartphones

BlackBerry is pulling the plug on service for its as soon as ubiquitous enterprise smartphones, which have been toted by executives, politicians, and legions of followers within the early 2000s.

The transfer marks the tip of an period because the telephones, which sported a tiny QWERTY bodily keyboard, pioneered push e mail and the BBM on the spot messaging service.

Former US President Barack Obama, one among its most celebrated customers, made headlines in 2016 when he was requested to surrender his BlackBerry and change it with an unnamed smartphone.

Blackberry misplaced favour with customers with the arrival of Apple’s touchscreen iPhone handsets and rival Android units. In recent times, the corporate pivoted to creating cybersecurity software program and embedded working techniques for vehicles.

Social media was alight with tributes. One Twitter person reminisced it was a “fabulous machine” and hoped the corporate’s telephones can be resurrected.

In a doc revealed in 2020, the corporate stated it could take steps to decommission legacy companies for BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS working techniques and added units working on them would not be supported and should not be capable to obtain or ship information, make cellphone calls or ship messages reliably.

A US decide on Monday rejected the corporate’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit claiming it defrauded shareholders by inflating the success and profitability of smartphones utilizing BlackBerry 10 OS, and stated the class-action case might go to trial this fall.

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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