Still have a classic BlackBerry phone? Here’s why Jan. 4, 2022, is going to be a bad day for you


If you are like Ronnie the Limo Driver from Howard Stern and still carry an old BlackBerry, there’s no stopping the clock on this one.

You are going to have to find a new phone.

It’s bad news for all three of you — a quick estimate of how many people might still be using the old BlackBerry like the Stern show cast member — because, according to a CNN report, the company “will stop running support for its classic devices running BlackBerry 10, 7.1 OS and earlier,” on January 4, 2022.

That means, according to CNN, those devices will “no longer be able to use data, send text messages, access the internet or make calls, even to 911.”

So, it’s time to find a new phone if you are, somehow, still using one of these things.

Actually, the time to find a new phone is long, long overdue. The move marks another step closer to the end of the technology that once made for the hottest mobile phone on the market less than a decade ago.

For those few who just can’t give up on being loyal to the brand, though, CNN’s report said that a new BlackBerry

According to a CNN report, a new BlackBerry 5G device, delayed from a planned 2021 release, is still expected to be put on the market at some point.