BlackBerry Classic won't be manufactured anymore

Manufacturing ceased on BlackBerry Classic, spelling the end of an era.

@seanridgeley
Published Wed, Jul 6 2016 11:07 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:59 AM CST

BlackBerry Ltd. is shutting down production of its BlackBerry Classic, the revamped version of the original phone that made the Canadian company a once dominant force in the phone market.

BlackBerry Classic won't be manufactured anymore | TweakTown.com

"The Classic has long surpassed the average lifespan for a smartphone in today's market," general manager for devices and chief operating officer Ralph Pini said in a blog post. "We are ready for this change so we can give our customers something better."

The company is currently developing two new Android phones to the disapproval of analysts, who say Chief Executive Officer John Chen should pull out of hardware while he still can. Chen insists the the division will be profitable by September, while noting a software and service revamp are top priority.

Ceasing manufacturing of the Classic means the BB10 software is nearing its end. A new version is set to arrive next month, with a second update to launch next year, but its actual implementation is scarce, showing up only on the Passport model.

NEWS SOURCE:bloomberg.com

Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

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