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Many firsts

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your email. This brought about the “always on” corporate culture. The qwerty keypad made it a dream to type paragraphs.

It was the first phone millennial­s became addicted to. Cool flip phones as well as the first touchscree­ns took a back seat to sleeker BB models. It even stood its ground against the early versions of the Apple iphone. in

India, iphones only took over from BB in the 2010s.

The Blackberry was everyone’s first smartphone, introducin­g us to exclusivit­y with BBM chats in an era when we had to buy messaging packages from telephone services to get

“BACK IN THE DAY, IT WAS THE BEST PHONE. I MISS THE BB’S KEYPAD AND UNIFIED INBOX” —GAURAV CHAUDHARY AKA TECHNICAL GURUJI, WORLD’S LARGEST TECH YOUTUBER & COLUMNIST

100 free text messages a month. It wasn’t long before most Orkut (a social media platform) bios included people’s BBM pins. And once your devices were connected, you could even share songs via Bluetooth. BBM groups were not half as annoying as the Whatsapp groups today because you couldn’t spam groups by forwarding pictures.

“Its amazing battery life, accurate keyboard, unbeatable email access and messenger made BB my go-to. I got to play my part in the transition of its journey from ‘corporate only’ to the best ‘consumer centric smartphone’,” says Satchit Gayakwad, who once worked with the brand.

“Back in the day, a BB was the best phone for communicat­ion. I miss its keypad and unified inbox for all email and communicat­ion,” says Gaurav Chaudhary, the world’s largest tech vlogger on Youtube.

When my Blackberry breathed its last due to battery issues, I refused to buy a new phone for days—the longest I’ve gone without a phone. I was forced to pick a touchscree­n. Though I was armed with better technology, I felt like I’d lost a limb.

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 ?? ?? Top models of the (from left) Blackberry 6710, 7100, Pearl, Bold, Curve, Q10 and Passport
Top models of the (from left) Blackberry 6710, 7100, Pearl, Bold, Curve, Q10 and Passport

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