Blackberry is making a comeback

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A new BlackBery smartphone is set to be launched by the end of this year
A new BlackBery smartphone is set to be launched by the end of this year
Gustau Nacarino

The qwerty keyboard, those long BBM chats, the status updates and BIS that cost about R60 for the whole month. 

Those were the good old days. And they might be on their way back after it was announced that Blackberry is making its way back into the market. 

It had fallen off the radar just like LG and Motorola. But now it's getting a second chance, with a new BlackBerry phone set to be released before the end of the year.

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OnwardMobility got the rights to make a BlackBerry phone in August 2020. After nearly a year of waiting, its first phone is almost ready for launch.

"OnwardMobility will work closely with BlackBerry and FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn Technology Group, to ensure world-class design and manufacturing of the devices," the company said on its website.

Before OnwardMobility took over the BlackBerry name, the brand had been going through a rough patch.

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Under its parent company, BlackBerry Limited, the brand tried releasing phone models such as the BlackBerry Q10, Z10, Classic and Passport, which were not as popular as previous models.

While the new BlackBerry will have modern tech features and work on 5G, it will also have that classic BlackBerry hardware keyboard that once made it the coolest phone to own.

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