Google search for 'Sell BlackBerry' explodes to 16 times average after company announces support of smartphone to end
Online searches for 'Sell BlackBerry' exploded 1,528% on the day BlackBerry announced support for their operating system would end.
Analysis by internet experts VpnOverview.com reveals that online interest for selling old BlackBerry phones skyrocketed to 16 times the average volume in one day as owners of old BlackBerry phones seek to sell their devices.
BlackBerry announced they would be stopping support for the smartphones from January 4, 2022, just over 22 years after the devices first came to the market.
Devices running BlackBerry 7.1 and earlier, BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 are impacted, although Android-powered models remain unaffected.
Unsupported systems will stop receiving software updates and, as a result, will 'no longer reliably function', the firm warned in a statement released last September.
A spokesperson from VpnOverview.com commented on the findings: "BlackBerry was the go-to smartphone brand in the early 2010s with the brand’s phones being easily recognised because of their qwerty keyboards.
"In more recent years, BlackBerry has fallen behind companies like Apple and Samsung in the smartphone market. Customers could be looking to sell not only because they are unable to use the device but also to profit from the vintage aspect the phone will now adopt.
This is a big move by BlackBerry as they look to strengthen their position in the cyber-security software market."
Google searches for “BlackBerry phones” also increased 590% on the same day.
Findings from vpnoverview