On January 4th, 2022 the Blackberry became officially dead ( again ). The first Blackberry ( The Inter@ctive Pager 900 ) was developed in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in September 1996 by Research in Motion (RIM). Following the success of the The Inter@ctive Pager 900 the Inter@ctive Pager 800 was created for IBM, which bought US$10 million worth of them on February 4, 1998. The first ( device to officially carry the name ) BlackBerry device, the 850, was introduced in 1999 as a two-way pager.
Now why the 900 came out before the 800 and the 850 is anyone’s guess.
Blackberry reached the pinnacle of it’s success on December 1, 2012 when there was 80,000,000 users then, fell from there ( with a minor reprieve in September 2013 where it jumped back up to 79,000,000 ), declining to just 11,000,000 users in May 2017.
In January 2022, BlackBerry announced that they would discontinue their services on all BlackBerry phones not running on Android on January 4. According to BlackBerry, “As of this date, devices running these legacy services and software through either carrier or Wi-Fi connections will no longer reliably function, including for data, phone calls, SMS and 9-1-1 functionality”
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