You already probably knew that WhatsApp had announced the end of support for older devices including BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10. WhatsApp for BlackBerry was scheduled to shut down on December 31, 2016. The company has had a change of heart. There’s a message in the FAQ section of the app indicating an extension of the date to June 30 2017. See the full text:
WhatsApp support for mobile devices
As announced in our blog, we will soon be ending support for certain devices. On June 30, 2017, we will no longer support the following platforms:
BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 Nokia S40 Nokia Symbian S60 The following platforms will no longer be supported at the beginning of 2017:
Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 Windows Phone 7 iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android running OS 2.3+, a Windows Phone 8+, or an iPhone running iOS 7+ before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.
This new development gives people still using those older devices more time to get alternatives. Brick by brick, services attached to the old BlackBerries are dying off. Earlier in the week, mobile network, Etisalat suspended BIS services.