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
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.
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