Gen Z is surprisingly nostalgic about BlackBerry phones


If you love commemorating historic dates, I’ve got one for you: January 4, 2022. That, friends, is the day old BlackBerry finally died.

It’s been a long fall for the company. For a while, BlackBerry was… well, I don’t know about cool, but it was popular. More than that, it defined a particular moment in our collective memory.

This was the start of the mobile era, a time when having a full keyboard on a phone felt revolutionary.

But all good things must end. The classic BlackBerry devices (those made before the switch to Android) stopped working on January 4. These can no longer access the internet, make calls, or send messages.

An era is over. The question I have though is this: whose era?