BlackBerry to stop making Classic

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WATERLOO, Ont. – BlackBerry says it will stop making its BlackBerry Classic smartphone, less than two years after launching it.

Ralph Pini, BlackBerry’s chief operating officer and general manager for devices, said in a company blog post that it is focusing on updating its smartphone lineup.

He said the company will continue to support its BlackBerry 10 operating system with software updates.

The Waterloo, Ont.-based firm has faced calls to stop making cellphones in favour of focusing on its software business, but CEO John Chen recently reaffirmed his commitment to stay in the hardware market.

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