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The end of Blackberry production, TLC confirms

The end of blackberry production
The end of blackberry production, image – modified snapshot from the blackberry mobile website

TLC Communication announced the end of blackberry production in a statement that was tweeted out on Monday 3rd of February.

“We do regret to share however that as of August 31, 2020, TCL Communication will no longer be selling BlackBerry-branded mobile devices. TCL Communication has no further rights to design, manufacture or sell any new BlackBerry mobile devices, however TCL Communication will continue to provide support for the existing portfolio of mobile devices including customer service and warranty service until August 31, 2022 – or for as long as required by local laws where the mobile device was purchased.”

The first release of Blackberry was on January 19, 1999 – and unfortunately was started 21 years ago will be ceased end of August 2020.

Blackberry has always been in competition with Android phones and iPhone, and was unable to compete against both. In June 2012, Blackberry had a massive 80 million subscribers, unfortunately this peak declined drastically in September 2014 dropping to 46 million users.

TLC Communication stated the announcement that was made in December 2016 when they entered into a brand licensing, to continue making new and modern Blackberry.

“When TCL Communication announced in December 2016 that we had entered into a brand licensing and technology support agreement with BlackBerry Limited to continue making new, modern BlackBerry smartphones available globally we were very excited and humbled to take on this challenge. Indeed our KEY Series smartphones, starting with KEYone, were highly-anticipated by the BlackBerry community. What made these devices great wasn’t just the hardware developed and manufactured by TCL Communication, but also the critical security and software features provided by BlackBerry Limited to ensure these were genuine BlackBerry devices. The support of BlackBerry Limited was an essential element to bringing devices like BlackBerry KEYone, Motion, KEY2 and KEY2 LE to life and we’re proud to have partnered with them these past few years on those projects.”

The Blackberry developer, TLC Communication has also mentioned that it’s been an honour having to work on the Blackberry mobile. The company wants to thank everyone who has always been a blackberry fan for all the support.

“For those of us at TCL Communication who were blessed enough to work on BlackBerry Mobile, we want to thank all our partners, customers and the BlackBerry fan community for their support over these past few years. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to meet so many fans from all over the world during our world tour stops. The future is bright for both TCL Communication and BlackBerry Limited, and we hope you’ll continue to support both as we move ahead on our respective paths.

“From everyone who worked on the BlackBerry Mobile team at TCL Communication over the years, we want to say ‘Thank You’ for allowing us to be part of this journey.” TLC Communication added in the statement.

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