BlackBerry's days with the U.S. Senate are coming to an end

BlackBerry's days with the U.S. Senate are coming to an end
A notice sent throughout the U.S. Senate reveals that once the Senate's inventory of BlackBerry handsets is depleted, the brand will no longer be available to those staff members who are allowed a new phone as a perk. Those staffers who currently own a 'Berry can exchange it for a 16GB Apple iPhone SE or a Samsung Galaxy S6.

UPDATE:

According to a letter sent to those affected by the decision, the Senate's action came after BlackBerry informed Verizon and AT&T that there will be no more BlackBerry 10 OS powered handsets. Staffers can still order the BlackBerry Z30, BlackBerry Classic, BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10. Most of the Senate's inventory consists of the Classic and the Z30. Overall, the Senate holds about 600 BlackBerry units so those who want one can still get one.


We imagine that there are some Senate staffers who think that there is an amendment in the Constitution that gives them the right to bear a BlackBerry. For those hard core fans, they can keep their 'Berry as long as it is working and the company is offering support for it. This means that if you make a trip to the Senate building, you're apt to see some political types clutching onto their BlackBerry handset for dear life.

source: Politico via SlashGear

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47 Comments

1. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

Zzzzz slow news night.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

There's a particular reason why Alan posted this article.

17. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

So evident in short SE :)

23. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I don't work with the US Senate but, am clutching to my BlackBerry. Am never letting go. Facebook is gone, whatsapp will be gone by the end of the year. No snapchat I still don't care I will continue using BlackBerry 10 until it goes on extinction. Passport SE best phone I ever owned.

2. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

So sad Chen destroyed what made BB unique instead of building a way to draw developer interest. This is why I feel personally Microsoft is swinging big blows with uwp. The surface phone will be a shining light and forgive you all of your phone sins. A phone truly created by the gods Microsoft themselves and the angel Panos.

4. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Developers had lost all interest and moved on before Chen took the help. Chen destroyed nothing - he just took the dead body off life support. UWP - I could care less. UWP benefits developers, not end users.

7. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Surface phone is gonna be enterprise device, but I do agree UWP is the best idea Microsoft has had in decades.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21800; Member since: May 28, 2014

Chen didn't "destroy what made BB unique". He took a dying company and transformed it into a Software as a Service company who's software keeps growing that also happens to design smartphones now. And dude, I'm a lay off the sauce. I'm a Microsoft fan as well, but you lay it on a bit too thick.

11. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I'm your follower now, Jesus... Ahem, I mean Black Jesus. Yes, Chen destroyed, crushed, devastated, bombarded the uniqueness of The 'berry the moment he took decision to put BB10 on halt... Okay, BB wasn't making any profit with Z10 & Z30, quite the opposite... But they should've stick with it and should have focused on developers... I mean, Windows Phone is still going, after all... And they're spicing things up with the upcoming Surface... There were also rumours that Microsoft might adopt Android, but none prove to be true... I thought the same about 'berry but unfortunately, the jumped in the Android Herd and lost their uniqueness... No doubt that one can't possibly predict good days of Blackberry... BB is facing some 'identity' problems in the herd! Chen is such a Chimp... And that's it, The GreenMan had spoken! G'Day!

28. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Are you Smoking? BB already on the out when Chen took CEO position. He gave BB some breath live but it was little too late the way I see.

3. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Galaxy S6 or 16gig iPhones - I'd rather bring my own device if I had the option.

5. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Oh berry! You were my 2nd love after NOKIA!!

9. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Same here! I hope Nokia will come back with a big hit. Also, everyone know BB10 is going to die one day. Thank you BlackBerry for establishing the true era of smartphones.

19. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

smae here, still rocking my blackberry z10, when i bought it three years back i thought i spent a lot on it, but this phone survived many falls, get through three years with just a battery change after two years... still works flawlessly, smooth and gives me a day long battery without pluging into charger till my bed time... was looking for Z10 scuessor...

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21800; Member since: May 28, 2014

"The statement about discontinuation of BlackBerry 10 at AT&T and Verizon is incorrect. BlackBerry's device strategy is based on a cross-platform model where we'll continue to support our BlackBerry 10 platform while expanding our device offering to include Android-based devices. We are focused on software updates for BlackBerry 10, with version 10.3.3 scheduled for next month, and a second update to follow next year. Similar to many other device makers, we are changing the lineup of smartphones as we innovate and advance our portfolio. And, 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 have informed our US carriers that the manufacturing cycle of ONLY our BlackBerry Classic will cease. However, we have informed our customers to check with their respective carrier for device availability or purchase Classic unlocked online. We continue to actively support sales of our BlackBerry 10 smartphones to customers in most markets. And for customers choosing our Android device as their next smartphone, there will be a seamless transition without any compromise to the security of their mobile platform or operations. We believe that being truly cross platform – which includes support for BB10, Android, iOS and Windows Phone – will allow us to best serve our customers across the world." (Caps provided by me) That was taken from here: http://crackberry.com/us-senate-staffers-blackberry How this went from "ONLY the BlackBerry Classic model" to "ALL BlackBerry 10 handsets" is beyond me, and smells of pure BS. Here's another article reinforcing this: http://appgeek-world.com/en/end-blackberry-10-not-yet/ The US Senate part of the news is not surprising.

10. Rafishant

Posts: 396; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

What does that BlackBerry stock level mean? What are these numbers? Units? Anyway, sad to see BB10 finally dies. I wish the best for Windows Mobile. It is really very boring to have a race of two competitors only.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The people have spoken. They want iOS and Android. You can do much more with those two whereas Blackberry is just there for security and enterprise.

18. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Being a Chinese CEO, he failed to realise North America like Canada and USA is doomed. Stop kissing the White House, ditch them, aim for China with 1.3billions potential customers would be a huge growth for BlackBerry

20. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

To be frank, would chinies govt will allow it? They want to sneak into everything... blackberry is like something secure.. they wont let it happen

38. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

China wouldn't want to let a trojan horse of CIA/FBI/NATO running their business and sabotaging them.

21. Eraman

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 13, 2015

 BlackBerry isn't going to die (not yet) And for the US Senate, let's the hack begin :D

27. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

this is why they should of kept both BB and Android...they could of sold the same phones BUT on order have the buyer choose which OS they want...now we are going see nothing but Samsung and Apple which got old years ago

31. RH234

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 21, 2013

Does it really matter if BlackBerry continues to sell BB10 phones just to please the shrinking 0.2% consumer base? I can understand 10% market share but 0.2% is a clear signal to drop the line. Besides, Chen needs to please BBRY shareholders and major investors first. If you really want BB10 to continue then buy the Company for $15 billion, delist the stock then you can produce as many BB10 phones you want cash permitting.

34. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

So much for staying strong in the Government sector.

37. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

MeanestMonster's day with the BB are coming to an end (too)

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