BlackBerry to stop making its Classic smartphone

Ralph Pini, BlackBerry’s GM for Devices, announced that they will no longer manufacture BlackBerry Classic smartphones.

“For many years, Classic (and its BBOS predecessors) has been in our portfolio. It has been an incredible workhorse device for customers,” said Pini.

“But, the Classic has long surpassed the average lifespan for a smartphone in today’s market. We are ready for this change so we can give our customers something better.”

Pini advised people who would like to purchase a BlackBerry Classic to check with their carriers for device availability, or purchase an unlocked Classic online.

“We continue to actively support BlackBerry 10 with software updates, and are on track to deliver version 10.3.3 next month with a second update to follow next year,” said Pini.

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