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    On tech news!! WhatsApp stops working on these phones TODAY: App no longer operates on Blackberry handsets and Windows Phone 8.0 or older

    WhatsApp has bid farewell to two long-term partners with the start of the new year, ditching support for Blackberry and Windows 8.0 or older smartphones.

    Users will be able to continue to use the Facebook owned app but won't be able to create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts.

    The move will eventually lead to the messenger crashing and becoming unusable, after update support was withdrawn today.

    The Menlo-Park based developers of the popular platform have said that they will not continue to work on these operating systems.

    They plan to phase them out in favour of steering resources into the more popular Android and iOS versions of the app.

    If you are using one of the affected models, you will need to upgrade to a newer OS to ensure ongoing support.

    This includes Android running OS 4.0 or above, iPhone running iOS 7 or above, or Windows Phone 8.1 or above.

    Writing in a support note on WhatsApp's website, a company spokesman said: 'These platforms don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future.

    'If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading.

    Once you have one of these devices, simply install WhatsApp and verify your phone number on the new device.

    'Keep in mind that WhatsApp can only be activated with one phone number on one device at a time.

    'There is currently no option to transfer your chat history between platforms.

    'However, we provide the option to send your chat history attached to an email.'

    WhatsApp was first launched in 2009 at a time when there was greater diversity in the operating systems used on smartphones.

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