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Once the smartphone of choice for anyone with a business card, BlackBerry has seen its enterprise lead gradually chiselled away by rival manufacturers, with the company now exploring options for its future which could include putting the company up for sale.
ZDNet takes a look back at how the device has developed since the first BlackBerry hit the shelves more than a decade ago.
This is the RIM 957, one of the early 'wireless handheld' devices from RIM — as BlackBerry was once called — launched in 2000. Packing mobile email and a Qwerty keyboard, it was only sold in the company's native Canada. It was also notable for having no mobile connectivity — so no voice calls here.
2001's 5820 was the first voice-enabled BlackBerry, using GPRS in Europe, and had email, SMS and browser functionality. It also packed a hefty 8MB of flash memory.
The 5820 was one of the first BlackBerrys offered by BT Cellnet, now O2.
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