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.
"These are the tenets that help keep us focused and the reasons why we are committed to the success of both BlackBerry 10 and Android devices. To keep innovating and advancing our portfolio, we are updating our smartphone lineup with state of the art devices. As part of this, and 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. 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."-Ralph Pini, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager for Devices, BlackBerry