Bomble has reported on the basis of a an email sent to Senate staffers that the BlacBerry Smartphones will cease to issue within the Senate once the existing supply diminishes. The email reads as "BlackBerry informed Verizon and AT&T that production of all BlackBerry OS 10 devices (Q10, Z10, Z30, Passport, and Classic) has been discontinued" as well as "Future carrier order fulfillment will not be guaranteed due to limited remaining stock."
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It is further elaborated in the email that despite the limited availability of BlackBerry devices, the company plans to continue its support of Senate devices in the near future. This will include warranty and technical support but what had people piqued at CrackBerry was the line that mentioned that BlackBerry had informed AT&T and Verizon that it would discontinue production.
To clarify this discrepancy we approached BlackBerry which had the following to say “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.”
We shouldn’t really be surprised by the move made by the Senate but we know for sure that there is going to be ongoing support for BlackBerry 10 and its customers. Anyways we were able to learn that there is a BlackBerry 10.3.3 software update expected next month so there is that.