WhatsApp for Blackberry is NOT dead after all - but there’s a catch ...


WhatsAppWHATSAPP • BLACKBERRYWhatsApp has given BlackBerry 10 devices a grace period before they end support

WhatsApp dropped support for a number of mobile phone platforms on December 31 2017.

The Facebook-owned app previously said support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 8.0 and older devices would stop at the end of 2017.

However, as 2018 has kicked into gear users of BlackBerry 10 devices may have found that WhatsApp is still working on their smartphones.

And in a boost to BlackBerry 10 users, WhatsApp confirmed the chat app will continue working on these devices - for the time being.

In a statement to CrackBerry, WhatsApp said BlackBerry 10 fans will get to use the app for around two weeks before support eventually ends.

They said: “[WhatsApp] will still continue to function for a short grace period, but some behaviours will change. Most importantly, you will no longer be able to re-register your account with the app. 

“That means if you delete and reinstall it (or install it on a different phone), it will no longer allow you to verify your phone number and complete the setup process. 

“After the grace period, which is approximately two weeks, the app will go into 'expired' mode.

“At this point, it will stop functioning as a usable WhatsApp client, and thus will no longer connect to our servers. (Around this same time, our servers will stop allowing the client to connect as well.) 

“However, once it is expired, the BlackBerry 10 client app may still allow you to access your existing message content on your phone. 

“This behaviour should be similar to what was seen by everyone who forgot to update their app the last time our published expiration date had passed.”

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