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Older BlackBerry devices to lose many key features Jan 4

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Older BlackBerry devices to lose many key features Jan 4

https://hackaday.com/2022/01/01/blackbe ... nuary-4th/

On January 4th, Blackberry will be shutting off all the key services — data, SMS, phone calls, and 911 support. In official terms, they are ending network provisioning for these older devices, meaning that they won’t be able to join any cellular or WiFi networks.
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I heard about this for a longtime coming. Its very sad, because blackberry was once the pioneer of phones, but they were not as innovative as they hoped. anyways they truly died a while back but this is their official death. I do not know anyone using blackberry BIS or BES services anymore. I wish them the best.
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Forgot about this. Get to spend my evening on Crackberry seeing what I should do with my devices.
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I’m still using my blackberry passport daily but now travelling so passport is on airplane mode.

I guess I’ll have to see what happens when I’m back in Toronto on the weekend!

Yikes!!

I read this article vs other threads on crack berry and it isn’t certain what will work and won’t work after Jan 4.

Blackberry themselves uses the wording “reliably function” which seems vague.

Anyhoo, let’s see

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Almost had a heart attack. They are saying ones running on android are fine for now... I'm still using my Blackberry Key 2 LE
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FWIW, all my BB10 devices are still functioning same as prior to Jan 4, 2022.

Passport on Shaw Mobile on wi-fi for data. Shaw was never compatible with BB10 devices for cellular data. Talk and text same as before;
Z30 on Freedom for talk, text and data
Q5 on wi-fi. No sim card.
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Rogido wrote: FWIW, all my BB10 devices are still functioning same as prior to Jan 4, 2022.

Passport on Shaw Mobile on wi-fi for data. Shaw was never compatible with BB10 devices for cellular data. Talk and text same as before;
Z30 on Freedom for talk, text and data
Q5 on wi-fi. No sim card.
Confirming my BlackBerry Passport still works on wifi as it should. Email, browsing etc.

Will be back in Toronto on Sat to see if cellular services still work.

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ji2o0k wrote: Confirming my BlackBerry Passport still works on wifi as it should. Email, browsing etc.

Will be back in Toronto on Sat to see if cellular services still work.
I think BBM no longer works. And you would not be able to verify your BB ID. BB World is also down for the count. I have my Z30 on Freedom, and cellular data still works, and I think it should work on your Passport too.
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ji2o0k wrote: Confirming my BlackBerry Passport still works on wifi as it should. Email, browsing etc.

Will be back in Toronto on Sat to see if cellular services still work.
BTW, are you sure you can get back into Canada by Saturday? There are reports of people not being able to book a Covid test.
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I remember the passport because of the commercials, was that one of the phones being shut down? I really liked the Blackberry Keynote 1, but one of the phones was based on android cant quite remember, but that should still work rite?
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Rogido wrote: I think BBM no longer works. And you would not be able to verify your BB ID. BB World is also down for the count. I have my Z30 on Freedom, and cellular data still works, and I think it should work on your Passport too.
BBM prolly doesn’t work but I don’t use it (and don’t know anyone that I’m close to that uses BBM).

BB world had a downloadable program to allow it to work offline (a couple of yrs ago? No idea if that still works).

Bb protect most likely doesn’t work either.

I hope I can get back in….we have a pcr test all booked for Sat in the US.

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GoodFellaz wrote: I remember the passport because of the commercials, was that one of the phones being shut down? I really liked the Blackberry Keynote 1, but one of the phones was based on android cant quite remember, but that should still work rite?
Key1 & Key2 are based on Android so no impact.

It’s only devices on BB10 or older….

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ji2o0k wrote: Key1 & Key2 are based on Android so no impact.

It’s only devices on BB10 or older….
I do have a Key2 LE and a Motion, so those will satisfy my BB fix if need be. Still prefer the HUB on the BB10 devices over the Android version though.
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Back in Toronto and confirming my Passport still works as is……..cell services still working……


So all good after Jan 4, 2022!

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is the passport an android?
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I still use 2 BB10 devices but not to make/receive calls/texts. I use my BB10 devices (Q10 and Passport) mainly for browsing and replying to emails.

Both work on WiFi. I haven't tried them with an active SIM card.

The only thing that I noticed after January 5 is that the BlackBerry symbol on the upper right corner that wasn't there when I was connected to WiFi but didn't have internet seems to be permanently "off" meaning that the BlackBerry symbol icon isn't there any more on the upper right corner when I'm connected to WiFi regardless of whether my WiFi connection has internet access or not.

My BlackBerry Playbook tablet also works for what I use it for which is just to download PressReader periodicals/magazines/newspapers so that I can read them.
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lmcjipo wrote: I still use 2 BB10 devices but not to make/receive calls/texts. I use my BB10 devices (Q10 and Passport) mainly for browsing and replying to emails.

Both work on WiFi. I haven't tried them with an active SIM card.

The only thing that I noticed after January 5 is that the BlackBerry symbol on the upper right corner that wasn't there when I was connected to WiFi but didn't have internet seems to be permanently "off" meaning that the BlackBerry symbol icon isn't there any more on the upper right corner when I'm connected to WiFi regardless of whether my WiFi connection has internet access or not.

My BlackBerry Playbook tablet also works for what I use it for which is just to download PressReader periodicals/magazines/newspapers so that I can read them.
Yes, I noticed the missing Blackberry symbol on my Passport and Z30 too. One annoying thing that has popped up is the device will ask me to sign in and verify my Blackberry ID everytime I boot up, but of course, we can no longer sign in!
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Rogido wrote: Yes, I noticed the missing Blackberry symbol on my Passport and Z30 too. One annoying thing that has popped up is the device will ask me to sign in and verify my Blackberry ID everytime I boot up, but of course, we can no longer sign in!
yeah same, I'm getting that notification as well.


Which is why the Crackberry gurus recommended to do a wipe of the BB10 device first before Jan 4 and not log into BBID - to avoid this. Without a BBID signed in, you would be all good.

I didn't bother since my Passport is set up exactly the way I want it & it would be a PITA to wipe it fully....


I'll live with the notification......

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ji2o0k wrote: yeah same, I'm getting that notification as well.


Which is why the Crackberry gurus recommended to do a wipe of the BB10 device first before Jan 4 and not log into BBID - to avoid this. Without a BBID signed in, you would be all good.

I didn't bother since my Passport is set up exactly the way I want it & it would be a PITA to wipe it fully....


I'll live with the notification......
Yeah, it's not a huge deal to just press Cancel when the notification pops up.

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