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BlackBerry is ending support for all of its old devices today – here’s the full list

Published Jan 4th, 2022 4:51PM EST
BlackBerry Key2
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Chances are that you haven’t thought much about BlackBerry in recent years. The company stopped building its own phones in 2016, and hasn’t updated its proprietary operating system since 2013. And despite all of this, the company is still here, churning out the occasional Android device with TCL. But this week, BlackBerry killed its older phones. On Tuesday, January 4th, BlackBerry ended support for devices on BlackBerry 10, 7.1 OS, PlayBook OS 2.1, or earlier.

BlackBerry ends support for most of its phones

In September of 2020, BlackBerry announced it would decommission legacy services for its operating systems. At the time, the company announced a termination date of January 4, 2022. That date is here, and going forward, every device running on these operating systems “will no longer reliably function, including for data, phone calls, SMS and 9-1-1 functionality.” Plus, older apps such as BlackBerry Link, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, and BlackBerry Blend will have limited functionality.

BlackBerry offered the following explanation in regards to ending support for its legacy devices:

Today BlackBerry is focused on providing intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. Since pivoting to an enterprise software and cybersecurity company, we have received questions about our plans to provide ongoing support for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier and BlackBerry 10 devices. In 2017, we committed to providing at least two more years of support for BlackBerry 10 and at least two years of BlackBerry network access for BBOS devices.

BlackBerry has all but abandoned the phone business in recent years. That said, there are still plenty of Android-based BlackBerry devices floating around, including the BlackBerry Key2. As the company notes, the end of life date does not impact those devices. BlackBerry Android device users will only be affected if “they are receiving redirected email sent to a BlackBerry hosted email address, or assigned an Enhanced Sim Based License (ESBL) or Identity Based License (IBL).”

Devices reaching end-of-life status

BlackBerry 10:

  • BlackBerry Classic
  • BlackBerry Passport
  • BlackBerry Leap
  • BlackBerry Z10, Z30, Z3
  • BlackBerry Q10, Q5
  • Porsche Design P’9982 from BlackBerry
  • Porsche Design P’9983 from BlackBerry

BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier:

  • BlackBerry Bold: 9900/9930, 9790, 9650, 9788, 9700, 9000
  • BlackBerry Curve: 9380, 9370/9360/9350, 9330/9300, 9320/9315/9310/9220, 8530/8520, 9380, 8900/8980, 8300/8310/8320/8330/8350i
  • BlackBerry Torch:  9860/9850, 9810, 9800
  • BlackBerry Storm: 9500/9530, 9520/9550
  • BlackBerry Pearl:  9100, 8100/8110/8120/8130, 8220/8230
  • BlackBerry 9720
  • BlackBerry 9620
  • Porsche Design P’9981 from BlackBerry
  • BlackBerry Tour 9630
  • BlackBerry Style 9670
  • BlackBerry 8800/8820/8830
  • BlackBerry 7130
  • BlackBerry 8700/8707
  • BlackBerry 7100
  • BlackBerry 7290
  • BlackBerry 7730
  • BlackBerry 7230
  • BlackBerry 6720
  • BlackBerry 6230
  • C++ platform based devices: 850, 857, 900, 950, 957

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier:

  • BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE / 3G+
  • BlackBerry PlayBook

If the BlackBerry end of life date affects any of your devices, your only choice is to get a new device. In the FAQ on Blackberry’s website about the termination of services, the company suggests contacting a carrier for more information about the devices and plans available. If you want to know more, be sure to check out the end of life page on BlackBerry’s website.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.

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