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BlackBerry to Discontinue Production of Classic Smartphone

BlackBerry is saying goodbye to its Classic Smartphone.

The Canadian company announced its BlackBerry Classic, which was immensely popular once upon a time for its Qwerty keyboard, will no longer be a part of the company’s manufacturing schedule.

“After many successful years in the market, we will no longer manufacture BlackBerry Classic. For many years, Classic (and its BBOS predecessors) has been in our portfolio. It has been an incredible workhorse device for customers, exceeding all expectations,” said BlackBerry devices chief operating officer and general manager Ralph 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 – entrenched in our legacy in security and pedigree in making the most productive Smartphones.”

The move should come as no surprise.

BlackBerry, in January, said it would focus solely on Android this year, meaning it will not be making any phones operating on the BlackBerry 10 system.

The Priv, BlackBerry’s first device to run on the Android operating system, has received a relatively positive reception, causing company officials to rethink the firm’s approach of creating phones solely for its own BlackBerry 10 system.

The news of the Classic’s demise also comes after a report that the U.S. Senate will no longer use BlackBerry phones and will instead make the switch to Apple or Samsung products.

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  • I never owned a Blackberry, but having had Nokia E61 in the past and recently bringing the last one back into use when my Samsung Galaxy was smashed, I have to say I LOVE the QWERTY keyboard and would take it over touch any day.