BlackBerry confirms that the BlackBerry Classic is no longer being manufactured

BlackBerry confirms that the BlackBerry Classic is no longer being manufactured
Last week, BlackBerry denied a report stating that it had sent a letter to Verizon and AT&T about ending production of BlackBerry 10 handsets. In the letter, the company did admit that it had ended the "manufacturing cycle" of the BlackBerry Classic. Today, BlackBerry confirmed on its blog that the Classic will no longer be produced.

Ralph Pini, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager for Devices at BlackBerry, called the phone a "workhorse," but also noted that it has surpassed the lifespan of an smartphone in today's market. That is a curious thing to say considering that the phone is just a little more than 18 months old. The BlackBerry Passport is actually three months older than the Classic.


Pini did confirm that BlackBerry 10.3.3 will be pushed out next month with another update scheduled for next year. Meanwhile it seems that BlackBerry has another Android handset code named the Hamburg, that is next to be unveiled. The phone could be a re-branded Alcatel Idol 4 and be called the BlackBerry NEON.


source: BlackBerry

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Classic
  • Display 3.5" 720 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2515 mAh(11.7h 3G talk time)

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13 Comments

1. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Alcatel....

2. Subie

Posts: 2346; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Really hope they decide to bring out another BB10 flagship handset in the future.

3. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3122; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

An excellent phone with a subpar camera. Even the one from the Passport would have been great. Miss the physical send/end buttons, very practical.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21748; Member since: May 28, 2014

Absolutely loved the Classic when I owned one. Quite the workhorse.

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

No big deal. The stockpiles of unsold ones should last a few more years.

6. Fona13A unregistered

What a damn shame. The Priv from what I've heard has nothing on this one's keyboard, but it still pales in comparison to the Passport. There's not enough difference in designs outside of semi-modular add on's and temporary upgrades with LG and Motorola flagships. Be an ass to me for liking a physical keyboard, but it's far better for productivity and doesn't seem like a flashy toy.

7. RH234

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 21, 2013

I read more on a smartphone than type so a bigger screen is more productive for this type of user. As for flashy toy, that term is so 2007.

14. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly. Whats useful depends on how you use your phone. And lol@2007. I thought the toy meme died already, guess not.

9. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

It's about time!!! The BB Classic doesn't sell at all. No one really interested in puny screen with lots of little button anymore that have an OS that already expired (only bug fixes once in a while). Don't be surprised if BB announce that BB Passport is discontinued as well. The only reason they haven't announce that passport is out is because they still want to clear that unwanted phone first.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21748; Member since: May 28, 2014

The Classic isn't being produced anymore because BlackBerry can't acquire the parts to assemble it anymore, like the SoC. The parts aren't being made anymore. Those are Chen's own words. The Classic has also been selling better than the Passport, which sold 200,000 units in about two days. BB10 is also due for two major updates, one next month, and one at the beginning of next year, the first of which will be focused on security enhancements to be used in places other devices cannot be used.

11. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

The BB10 update for next month is minor.... VERY Minor... NOT Major!! If it's Major update it will have NEW FEATURE and it will be called BB11. Second.... BB ONLY sell less than 500,000 unit in the last 90 days.... There is no way the classic selling for 200,000 in 2 days. Like it or not, BB Classic is a failure just like BB Passport & BB Priv.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21748; Member since: May 28, 2014

"John Chen confirmed that “the 10.3.3 releases that we are all waiting for has been released and started the NIAD with the security certificate program, NIAD certification testing in Q1 as we have planned." “With the official release pending technical acceptance targeted for mid-June, we are waiting on the certificate testing and this is a little outside of our control. A 10.3.4, the next release is already being planned for BB10 for later in the FY17 and early FY18.” That was taken from here: http://news.softpedia.com/news/blackberry-10-3-3-update-delayed-to-mid-june-priv-receiving-marshmallow-in-may-502501.shtml That's more than just a "very minor" update, whether you refuse to believe it or not. Just because it focuses on security, doesn't make it any less viable. Second: The 200,000 in sales that I mentioned was from when both devices were FIRST RELEASED, NOT NOW. I thought that was pretty obvious, but I guess you needed a little more clarification. Why don't you just admit that you just don't like BlackBerry, and are here to troll them, and be done with it?

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