Got A BlackBerry Device? You May Want To Start Planning To Swap It For Something Else As It’s About To Go EOL

BlackBerry has announced this morning that a number of their legacy OSes will be going end of life. You have until January 4, 2022 to switch to Team iOS or Team Android if you’re affected by this. Which is a backhanded way of saying that you should start shopping for a new device now. This was announced via Twitter:

And the Tweet was linked to this FAQ. But if you don’t want to read that, here’s what you need to know. BlackBerry is going decommission the legacy services for:

  • BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier
  • BlackBerry 10 software
  • BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier versions

The only exception to this end of life announcement is that those with a BlackBerry Android device are not affected by this.

Now personally, I don’t know many people who still have these devices so this should be a non-event for most. Except for Ontario Premier Doug Ford who apparently keeps a stack of them around because he doesn’t want to switch to a new device. Now he has no choice but to get with the times and join the cool kids in using a device that is up to date.

RIP BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10, it was nice knowing you.

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