The BlackBerry name and its first device were introduced 18-years ago today

The BlackBerry name and its first device were introduced 18-years ago today
As long as we celebrated the tenth anniversary of the unveiling of the Apple iPhone on January 9th, we should celebrate today the 18th anniversary of the first BlackBerry device. It was on January 19th, 1999 when a relatively unknown company called Research In Motion introduced the BlackBerry name for a line of devices that included a "breakthrough wireless email solution for mobile professionals."

The first product to wear the BlackBerry name was the BlackBerry Handheld which combined paging functionality with email. The device later became known as the BlackBerry 850. Had you been into mobile devices back then, you might have crowed about the LCD display, the 32-bit Intel 386 processor, 2MB of Intel flash memory, a wireless modem, triple-DES encryption technology, a full QWERTY keyboard, all powered for an entire day by a single "AA" battery. 

Soon, everyone was hankering for a BlackBerry and corporations were buying them by the bucket full. This way, executives could stay in touch while out of the office. BlackBerry was soon on its way to becoming the largest smartphone manufacturer, a position it would hold for some time even following the introduction of the Apple iPhone on January 9th, 2007. Eventually, the touch screen revolution overwhelmed BlackBerry, and the company next month will introduce its last in-house designed handset code named the BlackBerry Mercury.

You can check out the original press release found below the sourcelink.

source: BlackBerry (via Wayback Machine) via MobileSyrup 



1. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Only 90's kids remember

47. mr.reckless562

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

drug dealers lol

2. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Great phones

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry has implemented many innovations in the mobile world that makes mobile phones work today. If it wasn't for innovations from companies like BlackBerry, Nokia and Motorola, who knows what the mobile space would be like today. Props must be given where props are due. So to BlackBerry, Nokia and Motorola (and a few others), I say THANK YOU. You have started an industry that many of us enjoy and take for granted. May you all continue to innovate and live on.


Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Very good post Meanestgenius. I agree with you. Long live BlackBerry.

6. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Your post is lit, big homie! Respect for showing respect. BlackBerry is a pioneer to this smartphone thing, ya dig? I know you do!

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No it's not. To call BlackBerry a pioneer to smartphones is a disregard for Palm, the original iPhone, and a few others because they are also a pioneer to smartphones, "ya dig?"

9. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Maaaaan, kill that noise, salty cornball. You just lookin' to pick a fight, as usual. Big homie MG spit straight facts. You ain't gotta like it or agree with it for it to be true. Calling BlackBerry a pioneer to the smartphone game is straight facts. It ain't disregard for nobody. BlackBerry and Palm smartphones predate the OG iPhone. Get yo' facts straight and take the Apple from out ya mouth for once. Quit jackin' my lines too. Ya dig?

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not talking about MG. He's irrelevant to this discussion. I'm responding to you unless you have something you're trying to confess. I'm not denying that blackberry is a pioneer of smartphones, but they are not the only ones. Like I said before, there are several others.

18. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Ahahahahahahahaha! Look how you tryin' to get MG's attention by sayin' his name. You just can't keep the big homie out ya mouth. You just burnt because I didn't say Apple is a pioneer. That's 'cause they ain't. Now point out where I said BlackBerry is the *only* pioneer in my post. But before ya post some nonsense, remember that ya just said what I said. Like I said, you a salty cornball lookin' to pick a fight. So whaddup!

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

Don't let someone that's so irrelevant to you get to you, JP. He's clearly just picking a fight with you because he literally just said what you said. He's going to keep trying to get your attention or mine because all he knows how to do is pick fights around here. Let's just ignore him in this thread going forward, my dude.

22. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

That cornball is mad annoying! But you right, big homie. We gonna ignore him in this joint for now.

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

There's nothing up. You are being defensive just because I pointed out that blackberry weren't the only pioneers in the smartphone market. It has nothing to do with saying Apple because I mentioned Palm as well. Nice try. And for the record, I am speaking to you, not MG and if he was wise, he would stay out of my way and keep out of it. I'm not looking for a fight. You apparently are. I'm being completely civil here.

29. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Naaaaa, b. You got it twisted. You got all up in your feels because I said BlacBerry is *A* pioneer in the smartphone business. You said the same thing, and so did homie in comment #11. Nobody said that BlackBerry was the only one, and I'm still waitin' for you to point out where I said that. You just chose me to pick a fight a with. Stop with all the backtrackin' nonsense and just admit it. I gives zero ducks about any of your "for the record" crap. You picked a fight with me an' that's that. If ya wanted to be civil, you would have never picked a fight.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, looks like you're going to have to have to take the more direct approach, JP. No worries. Do what you have to do. Mxy is clearly picking a fight with you because he's being wise for once and keeping out of my way. And it's the weekend. He always picks fights when the weekend is here.

35. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Just admit what, that you got all defensive on me just because I pointed something out? Nah, "b" that's not what I meant at all. You're the only one who is, as you say, all up in the feels. I am being civil. I'm calm and collected while you are the one who is having the meltdown, b. Like I said before, I'm speaking directly to you and not MG. If anything, he would refrain from mentioning me in any way and understand this is between the two adults, assuming that you are an adult.

40. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

You need to just admit that you were picking a fight. Why you so afraid to admit what's so obvious? Ya got up all up in ya feels because ya don't like who I agreed with. Dude below commented the same way I did, and you gave him props. I do it, and you find something wrong with it? Maaaaaan, kill that noise. Man up and just you wanna fight. That's it. You pickin' fights, cornball. Civil cats don't pick fights. You just wanna play the sorry victim and backtrack now, and the only adult here in this convo is me, 'cause only immature rugrats pick fights and then backtrack.

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, I think Mxy conveniently forgot that he mentioned my name first. How so like him to do so. Just keep showing him that the only adult in the room between you and him is you, like you've been doing, JP.

46. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Fr fr! He actin' like he didn't say "MG" first, tryin' to goad you into a fight. This cat stay with the sneak diss, but we peep fake game a mile away. But I got this cat, big homie. He picked a fight with the right one.

49. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I only said MG in response to your comment, so stop deflecting. I wasn't trying to goad anyone.

56. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Maaaaaan, you straight Pinocchio now. You were tryin' ta goad the big homie and ya know it. Don't be a coward now.

61. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No I wasn't. How convenient of you to try and change the subject. Saw that you were losing the fight. For the record, I wasn't trying to goad the "big" homie.

66. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Ahahahahahaha!! You think this is a fight? This ain't no fight. This is some some chick (you) with a crush on the cool cat (me) actin' out 'cause I said "no". Oh, and for the record, ya was tryin' ta goad the big homie.

50. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Who you agreed with is irrelevant to the point. I merely pointed out something in your comment and you are the one who got into the feels. Perhaps you shouldn't comment if you're going to get offended to someone challenging your comment. Lol, I see you picked up a line from. Like I said before, he has nothing to do with this. This is between you and me, cornball.

55. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Kill that noise. You picked a fight 'cause ya got all in ya feels over my comment. Perhaps ya shouldn't even be here if some cats comment is gonna get ya all up in ya feels. I picked up a line from what? Ya need to spend more time checkin' ya comments before ya hit "post comment" and ya definitely need to develop ya own vocab instead of jackin' mines, salty cornball.

62. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol wouldn't the same thing apply to you? I mean you are getting in your feels just because I called you out. I would tell you to do the same since your lines give off quite the suspicion, bad English and grammar aside.

67. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Naaaa, b. You all in ya feels 'cause of somethin' I said and now ya tryin' ta project ya feels onto me. Ahahahaha! That's so you. Deflection and projection. Well, I will tell ya the same since ya obviously don't check ya weak af posts before ya send 'em.

24. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I'm amazed by the comments that appear on this site.

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And the hypocrisy that goes on.

32. docdevices

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

One can only wonder that if mxyzptlk had not attempted to pick a fight with jplightning, would this comments section have remained civil. From my observation, jplightning mentioned nothing that was in error. Using that information, and factoring in that there was at least one other poster here that used the exact same wording as jplightning did but was congratulated by mxyzptlk, one can only conclude that jplightning is correct and that mxyzptlk just wanted to pick a fight.

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