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 



79. tomjones2519

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Never had a problem with my Pixel XL. Works great and I really like it. I would never own a Blackberry as their phones are terrible. Just exit the market already!

80. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

Blah, Blah, Blah. Where's the link I asked for? Until I see it, you're just talking nonsense.

81. tomjones2519

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

I do not owe you anything. You can think I do not have one and that is fine. Continue to use that Junkberry you use. Those devices are awful with terrible specs and software

82. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

Rotflmao!! Thank you! You just conformed that you don't own squat. Lmao!

13. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Kudos to the legend Research in Motion and BlackBerry Limited. I owned 37 BlackBerry phones and feel proud of living this great experience and using those innovative handsets. Thank you BlackBerry!

11. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

One of the pioneers in the tech industry. Kudos to them.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

See jplightning, this is what I was referring to as ONE of the pioneers.

20. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Maaaaaaan, now ya can't keep me out ya mouth. I think you tryin' to admit somethin' on the sneak tip. He said *one* and I said *a*. He said the same thing I did. You even said *a* just like I did. That makes you a hypocrite. You just wanna pick a fight with me. So since that's the case, whaddup?

28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

What's a sneak tip? I merely pointed out what I was referring to earlier.

31. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Cut the backtrack nonsense. Ain't nobody buyin' it.

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not backtracking. Understand that.

43. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Ya backtrackin'. Period.

54. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Says you? I don't think so.

59. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Ya don't think. That's the problem.

65. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Nah, the problem is you deflecting.

69. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Keep backtrackin', defectin' and projectin'. It's what ya known for.

23. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3197; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

There can only be one first. In the push email business it was BlackBerry. They weren't one of the first, they were THE first.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Every time I see the name RIM i must laugh, and no not because of the phones!

7. docdevices

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

I must say, I have such fond memories of carrying around those vintage BlackBerry pagers. They were so unique and ahead of their time. Bravo BlackBerry, for all that you have done, and all that you continue to do.

4. TheRealGeniusOne

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 02, 2016

Blackberry is still an important player today with business in the auto industry and enterprise market. Their software is what's going to make them stand out from the rest and keep them forever relevant.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; 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: 23040; 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.

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