BlackBerry to decommission legacy services January 4, 2022

It's the end of the road for BlackBerry legacy devices

BlackBerry are to decommission the legacy services for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier, BlackBerry 10 software, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier versions, with an end of life or termination date of January 4, 2022.  The company says they chose to extend service until then as an expression of thanks to loyal partners and customers.

On January 4, 2022, devices running on these service offerings will no longer operate and the servers will be shut down.

The termination of these service offerings and infrastructure will also impact functionality for applications such as BlackBerry Link, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, BlackBerry Blend, BlackBerry Protect.

Devices, software, applications and service offerings affected

BlackBerry 10 software: BlackBerry Classic, BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Leap, BlackBerry Z10, Z30, Z3, BlackBerry Q10, Q5, Porsche Design P’9982 from BlackBerry, and Porsche Design P’9983 from BlackBerry.

All BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier devices, BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE / 3G+ and BlackBerry PlayBook.

Software, Applications & Services

  • BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier software
  • BlackBerry 10 software
  • BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier software
  • BlackBerry Desktop Software
  • BlackBerry Link
  • BlackBerry Blend
  • BlackBerry Protect (Allows consumers to lock, locate or wipe BBOS, BlackBerry 10 devices remotely). There is no impact to the new BlackBerry Protect which is an AI-based endpoint security solution.
  • BlackBerry Password Keeper for BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier.  BlackBerry Password Keeper for BlackBerry Android devices will not be impacted.
  • BlackBerry ID for BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier, and BlackBerry PlayBook 2.1 OS and earlier
  • BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) – Consumer

BlackBerry Android devices will not be impacted by the EOL of infrastructure services unless they are assigned an Enterprise Sim Based License (ESBL). If any iOS or Android device, including BlackBerry Android devices, have an ESBL license assigned, the customer will need to obtain a standard license to cover their use of BlackBerry Enterprise services with that device.

In addition, BBM for Enterprise and BBM Enterprise for Individual Use (BBMe), will continue to be available and will leverage BlackBerry ID on other platforms.

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