The Senate is breaking up with BlackBerry, and it’s for good this time.
The prehistoric smartphone, once a mainstay on Capitol Hill, will no longer be handed out to Senate staffers after the current supply runs out, according to a notice sent out Wednesday. Staffers were put on alert that since BlackBerry has decided to discontinue the device and there is a limited stock on the Hill, the chamber has no way to replenish the phones once they’re gone.
“Once we have exhausted our current in-house stock, new device procurements will be limited, while supplies last, to warranty exchanges only,” read a Sergeant at Arms note, first reported by Jim Swift.
While most Hill aides have long moved on to iPhones or Androids, there’s a small, loyal band of staffers that just can’t quit the dinosaur device.
Some Millennial Hill staffers may scoff at the sentimental attachment, but BlackBerry has proven its worth over the years. When an earthquake shook D.C. in 2011, BlackBerry messaging was the only service working while other carriers were overloaded and texts and calls wouldn’t go through.
Currently, the Senate has a little more than 600 various BlackBerry models stockpiled, according to the Sergeant at Arms, and device support for current phones is expected to continue for the “foreseeable future.”