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BlackBerry Smartphones Won’t Be Produced Any More

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Early in the morning on Monday, February 3, it was confirmed that BlackBerry smartphones are no more, Android Central reports.

“We do regret to share that as of August 31, 2020, TCL Communication will no longer be selling BlackBerry-branded mobile devices. TCL Communication has no further rights to design, manufacture or sell any new BlackBerry mobile devices,” the Blackberry Mobile Twitter account broke the news.

Back in December 2016, TCL announced that it had secured the rights to create and sell BlackBerry-branded smartphones. This was seen as an exciting revival of the long-beloved brand, and it resulted in the release of phones like the BlackBerry KEYone, Motion, KEY2, and KEY2 LE. The KEY phones were especially interesting, as they brought back the iconic BlackBerry design with a physical QWERTY keyboard in a world filled with flat slabs of glass that are virtually indistinguishable from each other.

Unfortunately, the nostalgia of designs from days past doesn’t appear to have been enough to keep the BlackBerry ship sailing.

Unfortunately, the nostalgia of designs from days past doesn’t appear to have been enough to keep the BlackBerry ship sailing.

As for what this means for those existing phones, BlackBerry says:

TCL Communication will continue to provide support for the existing portfolio of mobile devices including customer service and warranty service until August 31, 2022 – or for as long as required by local laws where the mobile device was purchased.

There’s no mention in the statement about what this means for future software updates.



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One thought on “BlackBerry Smartphones Won’t Be Produced Any More

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    February 5, 2020 at 8:27 am
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    Good riddance. Into the dust bin of history.

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