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Overheard at a bar in 2001: "It's like a cell-phone that you can get all of your email on. Wow! The future is happening!"

BLACKBERRY’S LONG, SLOW fade has reached an end point. The company announced Wednesday that it finally, officially would stop designing and producing its own smartphones. BlackBerry itself will live on as a software and services provider—which, good luck there, too—but its hardware days are kaput.

The reasons for BlackBerry’s hardware decline aren’t mysterious. The iPhone changed everything, and BlackBerry (then RIM) was too slow to change with it. It’s been years since the Waterloo-based former tech titan has released anything that resonated, despite a last-ditch embrace of Android.
https://www.wired.com/2016/09/blackberrys-rise-fall-10-phones/


 

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Boss just told me today I need to turn in my work blackberry. I've been more mad about this than I should be.

Somehow seeing this is like the universe trying to validate my anger


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Government still uses them heavily for security reasons. Wonder what they will go with now.

The feds I know have been switching to government-issued iPhones over the past couple of years.
 

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That hurts. I am iAlergic and I only had a choice between BB and iCrap... now I have no choice.

Thanks, Obama!
 

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My wife bought herself a Blackberry Storm when it came out in 2008 (because Verizon didn't yet offer the iPhone). This is the one that Stephen Fry notoriously called "the Edsel of smartphones, an absolute smeller from top to bottom," and is often described as the worst new release in smartphone history. We still have it, in a drawer somewhere. Sometimes when we catch our son using his iPhone when he shouldn't be, we mock-threaten to take it away and give him the Storm instead, on the theory that he could still use it an emergency but not otherwise.
 

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What a shame. Their new software is (was) nice. Can move files over wi-fi or carrier network without some 3rd party app. Yet not walled in by some overbearing ecosystem. Secure.

Thanks Obummer.
 

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