In case you missed the earlier news item, WhatsApp to ditch BlackBerry OS, others, this year, WhatsApp for BlackBerry will stop working in December 2016. The platform is already sending out reminders to its users on BlackBerry OS smartphones. Long time Mobilista, Spacyzuma, tweeted about the message he got today:
Whatsapp displayed a message today on my BB saying it would stop working after 31-Dec-2016.
I'm still keeping my Passport.
— E.I. ZUMA (@spacyzuma) July 1, 2016
Goodbye to Whatsapp for BlackBerry
Yes; WhatsApp for BlackBerry will stop working on your smartphone on the 31st of December 2016. When you wake up on New Year’s Day 2017, you will be locked out of the world of WhatsApp if you are using an older BlackBerry smartphone (OS 5/6/7/10). As far as I can tell, WhatsApp is one of a handful of apps that are capable of forcing a mass exodus from a mobile platform. It is so widespread in use that the effect of shutting it down on a platform would be felt heavily.
Does It Matter? BlackBerry OS Is Dead Anyway
Remember too that BlackBerry Ltd. itself has stopped making new BlackBerry OS mobiles. Instead, all new BlackBerry smartphones going forward will run Android OS. Did they read the writing on the wall for BlackBerry OS?
Official US Senate Mail Confirms Death of BlackBerry OS
Just recently, an official email sent to US Senate Administrative Managers, Chief Clerks, and System Administrators read:
BlackBerry has informed Verizon and AT&T that production of all BlackBerry OS 10 devices has been discontinued.
“BlackBerry device support will continue for the foreseeable future and that BlackBerry is committed to maintaining their support of existing devices to include uninterrupted warranty and technical support.”
Your Next Smartphone
When making your next smartphone purchase, unless you are not bothered with having tons of apps and staying reachable via a key app like WhatsApp, I recommend that you do not buy a smartphone powered by BlackBerry OS. If you are a BlackBerry loyalist, make sure that your next smartphone is a BlackBerry powered by Android OS.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.