By Melvin Tabuche

Why you will be needing a New Phone by the end of the year 2016

It is 2016; if you don’t know or are not using WhatsApp, I`ll chose to believe that you’re still on ‘Kabambe’ or you’re just being an obstinate excessively conservative individual who imagines and is stationed to believe the notion that technology is evil.

A couple of weeks ago, the globally enjoyed messaging app owned by Facebook announced it would cut off support services for BlackBerry as well as older versions of Nokia, Android and Windows Phone software. The messaging App was first developed for Nokia and BlackBerry which were then the dominant smartphones but with Android effortlessly subduing the latter, they feel it might not be a bloody situation with that “little” tradeoff. Android has become a very popular OS platform among smartphone manufacturers regardless of the fact of it being an open source, thus prone to security breaches.

This is seen as a move by WhatsApp to lock out some ignorant stingy individuals here and there who can’t see the inevitability that comes with upgrades, and so it was expected that some will foresee this move as radical, but then the fateful switch into conformity with the new standards of technology will become a matter of life and death and your guess is right; most will chose life, save for the few suicidal ones. I never mentioned Nokia, did I?

The cut off is attributed to the fact that the devices don’t offer customers the capacity to accommodate new features when upgrades are rolled out in the near future and this will probably derail WhatsApp’s pace to embrace the future. “While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future,” WhatsApp said.

Once upon a time, the BlackBerry smartphone was a status symbol as well as a productivity tool. But times have changed: the company has failed to keep up with Apple and Samsung, and in recent years has seen a drastic decline in sales and large losses, in part due to its insistence on sticking with its own operating system which lacked much of the polish of iOS or Windows. Despite that, they still have a following among fans of tactile keyboards and reliable e-mail services. You might argue that blackberry does not deserve this cruel onslaught given its continued relevance in the industry. So unless you’re given one to you at work since many companies still prefer BlackBerrys for security I wouldn’t recommend you buy one right now. WhatsApp indicated that it wasn’t an easy decision to stop supporting BlackBerry.

WhatsApp services might no longer be supported on Blackberry (including BlackBerry 10), Windows phone 7.1, Nokia Symbian S60, Nokia S40, Android 2.1 and 2.2 by the end of the year 2016.


[i] “WhatsApp Support for Mobile Devices – WhatsApp Blog,” accessed March 13, 2016,



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