Recall that whatsapp said to end their service on the Blackberry 10 system by December 31st. Well, we are well past that date and according to reports, users of such devices are still using the instant messaging service comfortably. No, it’s not what you’re thinking, instead, Whatsapp was giving them a grace period or “depreciation” as they like to call it.
Many must have rejoiced at the usage of the service after the deadline date. You did not expect whatsapp to just cut you left, did you? Even if the company has complained of the dwindling usage of people on the platform and the admittance that more people are sticking to the Android operating system.
According to a statement by the company, “Once the date passes Dec 31, 2017, the app will go into “deprecation” mode. It will still continue to function for a short grace period, but some behaviors 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 after the published date, 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 behavior should be similar to what was seen by everyone who forgot to update their app the last time our published expiration date had passed.”
So in the next two weeks, you are likely to stop using whatsapp on Blackberry 10 devices, that is if there is not another “depreciation” period. Well, for now, if you’ve celebrated this, you might just have to recall your celebration.
Just so you know, you can install the Android version on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone. This would come alongside the fixes that allow for sending multimedia as an alternate way of keeping WhatsApp working or move into a new smartphone such as the BlackBerry KEYone. Peace.