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BlackBerry Gives BlackBerry Dev Alpha Devices a Quasi-Lease On Life

Dev Alpha Devices

Some of you might still have BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha A or B devices that you did not swap in for a limited edition Z10. If you fall into that category you may have known that on June 30th 2013 those devices were set to be deactivated and bricked. BlackBerry actually explained a bit of this with the last SDK OS release when they dropped support for the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha A in the 10.1 beta OS.

Now BlackBerry has decided to not just deactivate the devices and instead just make them fall into the category of “unsupported hardware.” That means that the last 10.1 SDK OS update removed the kill switch on the Dev Alpha Testing Devices. As far as I know that last OS update for the Dev Alpha was not for the Dev Alpha A but you may have some enterprising people trying to get it to work to remove the kill switch.

Check out the details on the new quasi lease on life for the BlackBerry Dev Alpha line here. Kudos to BlackBerry for not just creating a bunch of bricks in developers hands.

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  1. I have recently received a blackberry dev alpha B device but when i inserted battery into it it started showing red Led and after that blackberry icon and then does not move further now it does even get switch off……..
    what should i do now???

    • again same problem prevails……..
      while charging also it does the same thing,showing blackberry icon n not proceeding further……..
      is it some software prob???

  2. Hi Akash,

    Plug it into the wall charger for a few hours and see if that helps

  3. Try installing the OS again from the developer site

  4. Hiii Ronen Sir,
    Also tried this but the the process could not get completed, an interrupt arrived stating could not update the software.

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