This policy applies to all phones running BlackBerry 7.1 OS.
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA – Owners of BlackBerry operating system (OS) devices will not be able to make or receive calls, send SMS, use wifi, and access cellular data starting January 4, 2022. This policy applies to all mobile phones running BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier as well as the BlackBerry operating system. The ill-fated 10 and the tablet-based BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1.
“Starting January 4, devices running these legacy services and software via carrier or wifi connections will no longer function reliably, including for data, phone calls, SMS, and 9-1-1 functions,” the company said in a statement. Reviews, Saturday (1/1).
However, for users who own one of the few BlackBerry devices launched running Android, such as the 2017 BlackBerry Priv, this policy does not apply. The company announced more than a year ago that the transition to enterprise software was complete.
In September last year, they announced that they would take steps to disable legacy systems before the deprecation date, which is January 4. Since getting out of the smartphone game, Blackberry has reinvented itself as an internet security software company helping governments and such.
The company was originally known for its email security and BlackBerry Messenger platform. You could say this is not too big of a jump. In a September 2020 announcement, the company said BlackBerry is focused on providing security software and services to companies and governments around the world.
Since turning to enterprise software and cybersecurity companies, they have received a number of inquiries regarding plans to provide ongoing support for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and BlackBerry 10.
“In 2017, we committed to providing at least two more years of support for BlackBerry 10 and at least two more years of BlackBerry network access for BBOS devices,” they added.