Own an old BlackBerry phone? You'll soon be able to trade it for a KeyOne or Motion


BlackBerry today announced plans to launch a trade-up program that would make it easy for owners of old BlackBerry handsets to buy a BB device released in 2017. Thanks to this program, folks who still use smartphones running BlackBerry OS 10 (or older) will receive "a significant discount and incentive" to upgrade to the BlackBerry KeyOne or Motion.



 



Owners of the BlackBerry Priv (released in late 2015 as the first Berry to ditch BB OS in favor of Android) will be able to trade-up their device for a new model, too. 


Speaking of the Priv, since the handset is now over 2 years old, BlackBerry will no longer deliver monthly security updates for it. However, the company will continue to "fulfill all warranty obligations" related to the Priv, and, "should a critical vulnerability be exposed," it's going to make sure that necessary patches are released.



 



There's also software-related news for those who are still rocking a phone running BlackBerry OS 10 or older (the last such handset being the BlackBerry Leap from 2015). More exactly, BlackBerry is promising "at least two full years of additional support for BB10, and at least two full years of BlackBerry network access for [older] BBOS devices." According to BlackBerry, "there are still millions of people actively using" smartphones running the company's own OS - like the Passport (pictured above).  



 



BlackBerry did not say exactly when its trade-up program would be launched. In any case, we assume this will go live in the near future, at least in North America - we'll be here to let you know when it happens.



 



sources: BlackBerry (1, 2)

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11 Comments

1. Peacetoall unregistered

Blackberry OS 7 and blackberry 10 is one of the best operating system for people who prefer productivity security and privacy. Too bad blackberry failed to bring quality apps on the platform. I hope after seing apple iphone x swipe up to home feature blackberry will reintroduce the blackberry 10 devices witj better application support.

2. daniyal_05

Posts: 93; Member since: Nov 15, 2017

Used 9900 q10 and classic. Loved 9900 and classic

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I wonder if all those people clamouring about BBX's so called 'productivity' even know what productivity means? Aye, going in the settings menu, on my Blackberry Bold running OS7, to do something as minor as toggling cellular data, or air-plane mode was a real 'productive' experience! Gosh, I miss that 'productivity' whenever I use my S6 which requires just a swipe and a tap to toggle them! Never had a chance to use a Blackberry 10 OS device but it sure sound immensely convenient to first turn-on the screen, swipe-up to unlock and then swipe right to view multi-tasking menu and then swipe AGAIN to view The Hub to see the contents of that text message that's tone you heard moments ago! Sweet Lord, I so miss this 'productive' experience whenever I see text message notification on the lockscreen of my S6 that also happens to be directly replyable! Long live Blackberry OS 7 and 10! It's still 'absolutley relevent' and 'Very Productive' in 2017! G'Day!

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Glad that you admitted you have never used a BB10 device before, because it sure does show in the comment you just made, as well as past ones that you’ve made.

11. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Disagree, Windows 10 phone was, but they both suffered from cell companies not carrying them, and no one making apps. INstead the two worst OS' took the market due to marketing.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Awesome deal for those still on BB10 and BBOS. BlackBerry/BlackBerry Mobile are doing the right thing here. But sadly, it is the end of an Era for such an awesome OS that BlackBerry 10 is.

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It's like taking your dog to the vet for the last time. You know it's going to be painless, but it hurts all the way home.

5. BGChicago

Posts: 225; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

In my case, my Q10 must be a Phoenix (on my 3rd one). Best phone I ever had (yes, I carry Android flagship for camera and certainly apps)

6. JocularJ

Posts: 221; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Still have a passport and a curve going strong. But I would like to try one of these new generation BB models

9. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Is good deal that I will take advantage of once it is available. I own Priv and 4 BB10 Phone.

10. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I kinda miss my Storm and Storm 2. It seems it was only yesterday, Blackberries were everywhere, other than the fruit section of your .ca route grocery chain.

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