BlackBerry was 'first real breakthrough' -analyst

The BlackBerry smartphone "was, you know, the first real, I think, breakthrough personal technology story, a product that you could integrate into your life that was useful for work, new productivity that gave you more flexibility about where you could work," said Colas.

BlackBerry is pulling the plug on service for its once ubiquitous business smartphones, which were toted by executives, politicians and legions of fans in the early 2000s.

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