In case there was any doubt remaining following my recent bursting of the BlackBerry 5G keyboard phone bubble, today OnwardMobility updated their website to say thank you for the support and let everyone know they are shutting their doors for good:
To all of our valued followers, supporters and partners:
We want to thank you all for the tremendous amount of support that you have given us since we first launched OnwardMobility. However, it is with great sadness that we announce that OnwardMobility will be shutting down, and we will no longer be proceeding with the development of an ultra-secure smartphone with a physical keyboard.
Please know that this was not a decision that we made lightly or in haste. We share your disappointment in this news and assure you this is not the outcome we worked and hoped for.
We are incredibly grateful to the team of seasoned professionals who worked tirelessly on this project and to each and every one of our loyal fans and partners who have supported us throughout this journey. It has been a pleasure to work with all of you and hear your comments and feedback.
Thank you for all your support and we wish you all the best!
The OnwardMobility Team
I appreciate The OnwardMobility Team making this statement. I think most of the BlackBerry/PKB-loving community realized and/or was beginning to accept the OM BlackBerry wasn't going to happen, but making it official provides that additional closure that some folks have been wanting to see.
Speaking of seeing, I wish OM would have posted some renders of the phone along with their goodbyes. It would be extra-torturous to look at, but I think all of us would probably like to behold what we're no longer able to get.
It still seems like a bit of a vaporware saga with the story coming to a close in this fashion.
Pics or it didn't happen.
PS. Reminder that you can always send news tips confidentially to cbk at crackberry.com. And if you have hardware prototypes, just ping me and I'll let you know where to ship them :)