BlackBerry phones are making a comeback

Believe it or not, there was a time before everyone carried an iPhone around with them.

While many of were content with indestructible Nokia bricks, a few smart businessy-types got obsessed with their BlackBerrys. President Obama is perhaps the most notable.

BlackBerry devices were known for their physical keyboards and security credentials. Unfortunately, they were swept away by the onslaught of Apple’s iPhone and the glut of phones running Google’s open-source Android.

But everyone loves a comeback. Which is why BlackBerry is apparently set to rise from the ashes thanks to a little-known company called OnwardMobility who has obtained the licence to produce new phones.

Details are scant at the moment, but it appears the next BlackBerry phones will be fully 5G compliant and (at least one) will retain the physical keyboard that made the originals such a hit.

OnwardMobility is a mobile security company and seems to be making security one of the main selling points of the new device. It promises the 2021 BlackBerry will be ‘highly secure’ and have a suit of ‘end-to’end security solutions’.

Although the rights to BlackBerry are maintained by the parent company, Onward Mobility will be working with a subsidiary of Chinese mega-corp Foxconn to manufacture the phone.

‘BlackBerry is thrilled OnwardMobility will deliver a BlackBerry 5G smartphone device with physical keyboard leveraging our high standards of trust and security synonymous with our brand,’ said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry.

‘We are excited that customers will experience the enterprise and government level security and mobile productivity the new BlackBerry 5G smartphone will offer.’

Beyond the simple ‘2021’ date, we have no idea when the new BlackBerry phone will actually make an appearance. Somebody had better warn Obama, though.

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