BlackBerry phones may finally disappear for good August 31

BlackBerry Key2 from TCL


BlackBerry Key2 from TCL's BlackBerry Mobile

The once-venerable BlackBerry smartphone has endured a long slow death march. The final nail in the coffin may have been hammered in on Monday with the news that China’s TCL Communication will no longer sell BlackBerry-branded mobile devices as of Aug. 31, 2020. 

TCL said in a statement posted on Twitter that it “has no further rights to design, manufacture or sell any new BlackBerry mobile devices,” though the company indicated it would continue to provide customer and warranty support for the existing BlackBerry portfolio until Aug. 22, 2022.

Customers can find support phone numbers at the BlackBerryMobile site, TCL said.

It was just over three years ago when TCL entered into a licensing agreement with BlackBerry, the Waterloo, Canada, company once known as Research In Motion, which had ceased making BlackBerry hardware. 


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