Goodbye BlackBerry (again): TCL pulls plug on fan-favorites

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Fans of the current BlackBerry mobile phone lineup got some bad news today.

Under the terms of that agreement, BlackBerry licensed its security software and service suite, as well as related brand assets to TCL Communication.

TCL acquired the design and manufacturing rights to the BlackBerry brand in a deal struck in December 2016. In the provided statement, we're informed that TCL Communication's rights over the BlackBerry brand will expire on August 31, 2020, and after that date, the company will no longer sell the devices carrying that name. TCL added that it will provide customer and warranty service through August 31, 2022 for existing BlackBerry devices, which are known for their physical keyboards and loyal fans.

"The future is bright for both TCL Communication and BlackBerry Limited, and we hope you will continue to support both as we move ahead on our respective paths", the post read. Further details can be found at www.blackberrymobile.com or by phoning customer support at the numbers found at https://blackberrymobile.com/hotline-and-service-center/.

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BlackBerry phones are going to the big electronics store in the sky – the company just announced that its partnership with TCL will come to an end on August 31.

The announcement comes after TCL recently revealed that it will be presenting three new phones under its own brand name: the TCL 10 Pro, TCL 10L, and TCL 10 5G, promising to sell them globally.

Since then, the company launched the KeyOne, Key2 and Key2 LE as well as a few less popular all touchscreen phones, but it seems - for now at least - that BlackBerry phones are dead. And we appreciate the opportunity to meet so many fans from around the world during the tour.

TCL also produces smartphones under the Alcatel brand. Enterprise and consumer users alike all fell in love with the physical BlackBerry keyboard, and who could forget BlackBerry Messenger?

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