BlackBerry is discontinuing support for its once-ubiquitous business handsets, which were carried by CEOs, legislators, and legions of fans in the early 2000s.

The move signals the end of an era, as the phones, which included a tiny QWERTY physical keyboard, were the first to provide push email and BBM instant messaging.

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One of its most famous users, former US President Barack Obama, made news in 2016 when he was ordered to give up his BlackBerry in favor of an undisclosed smartphone.

With the introduction of Apple's touchscreen iPhones and competitor Android devices, Blackberry lost favor with users. In recent years, the company has shifted its focus to cybersecurity software and automotive embedded operating systems.

Tributes poured in from all across the world on social media. One Twitter user remembered it as a "fabulous machine" and expressed hope that the company's phones would be revived.

In a document released in 2020, BlackBerry stated that it would take steps to decommission legacy services for BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS and that devices running on those operating systems would no longer be supported and may be unable to receive or send data, make phone calls, or send messages reliably.

The company's request to dismiss a lawsuit alleging it deceived shareholders by misrepresenting the performance and profitability of devices running BlackBerry 10 OS was denied by a federal judge on Monday, and the class-action case could proceed to trial this autumn.