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BBM is finally coming to iOS and Android; now you really have no reason to buy BlackBerry

0. phoneArena 14 May 2013, 19:36 posted on

BlackBerry had a pretty big keynote earlier today. The company announced an update to BlackBerry 10, a new device for emerging markets, and CEO Thorsten Heins finally announced what had been rumored for over a year: BlackBerry Messenger will be coming to iOS and Android this summer...

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posted on 14 May 2013, 19:41 35

1. iWorld (Posts: 84; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Dont need BBM we have WhatsApp.

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:23 2

10. Johnnokia (Posts: 386; Member since: 27 May 2012)


What Blackberry meant to do from this folish action?
Are they lost every hope to come back to the game.
It is really just a suicide atempt from BB or perhaps they wanna get the mercy death.

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:46 3

20. Xtasy (Posts: 270; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


This will not change the game for them trust me. If someone uses BB only for bbm than they are fools.. I never used bbm. I love blackberry for so many other things

posted on 14 May 2013, 21:12 2

35. apiskula (limited) (Posts: 441; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


You really need to study your phone. Go to a real platform. blackberry is done

posted on 14 May 2013, 21:04 1

30. TheMan (Posts: 346; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I would expect BB to charge for the app

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:54 3

25. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


And the superior iMessage.

posted on 14 May 2013, 21:04 8

28. Heatfan316 (Posts: 266; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


LMAO! iMessage is a joke compared to BBM, know what you're talking about before you post.

posted on 14 May 2013, 22:03 4

42. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Go away Mxzy!

Stop making us all laugh

posted on 14 May 2013, 21:14 3

37. Heatfan316 (Posts: 266; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


The WhatsApp still doesn't all the features that BBM has, Google it, read it and learn, but then again your an ios fanboy so your lack of knowledge is understandable.

posted on 14 May 2013, 21:19 1

39. lonestrider (Posts: 83; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


we need BBM for everyone who use BlackBerry device just for BBM. A lot (I mean it, a lot) of people still using BB for BBM, maybe they don't know about the existence of another messenger like WhatsApp, Line, or even ChatOn.

posted on 14 May 2013, 19:57 11

2. alltechinside (Posts: 234; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


Blackberry digging themselves a grave? It's a good thing for consumers but I don't see how this will benefit blackberry?(for phones and tablets).

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:21 5

8. akki20892 (Posts: 2667; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


that's call smart move dude.

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:47 5

21. Penny (Posts: 988; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


On the surface, that is how it looks. But if you think about it, it could be helpful to Blackberry in a number of ways. Here are the two most valid reasons in my opinion:

1.) Increase BBM user base and remind the non-BlackBerry users how good some BlackBerry features are. (See, we're cool and we want to give you guys the best stuff. Maybe you should check out the rest of our phone too?)
2.) Provide an exit strategy in case the hardware business does not work out. By opening some of their features to cross-platform use and expanding their user base, they can more readily turn into an exclusively software based company.

posted on 14 May 2013, 21:04

29. alltechinside (Posts: 234; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


1) Doesn't work exactly that way. Instead people would say "Hey, there's BBM on iOS/Android as well, I can just buy iPhone/Android phone to use BBM instead of getting a blackberry".

2) This is a likely scenario. I did think about this, but I'm not sure if it was the right time for blackberry to do that. If they did this last year (when they didn't announce any new products), that would make sense, but for them to announce it now when they just released a new product is strange strategy to me. It could mean that their Blackberry Z10 was a flop or their revenue was lower than their expectations.

This is surely a gamble from Blackberry but I'm not sure if its the wisest decisions. Sure, they can make money from BBM initially, but it could damage them on the long rum.

posted on 14 May 2013, 21:06

31. taz89 (Posts: 1948; Member since: 03 May 2011)


dont agree with no1 but certainly do with no2. like you i think bb's plan is to become a service company if hardware side fails.

posted on 14 May 2013, 19:57 11

3. wendygarett (unregistered)


I don't think I will use BBM, and I don't think bb user will switch to ios and android, simply because those sheeple bb fans will still line up at the bb store and claim qwerty phone is the most revolutionary product they ever use...

poor things...

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:45 5

19. Xtasy (Posts: 270; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


I use the Z10 which has no Querty keyboard u smuck... On the other hand it does have the best touch screen keyboard ever made and the most intuitive UI i have ever used on a phone... I tried S4 and iphone 5, they don't compare

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:52 2

23. Hemlocke (unregistered)


My unlocked, unbranded Z10 comes in tomorrow (I had the AT&T version at launch), and then my S4 goes for a ride.

posted on 14 May 2013, 21:08 2

32. Heatfan316 (Posts: 266; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Don't worry about that poor little troll, she has issues and a lack of knowledge when it comes to technology, the ignorance is strong with her.

posted on 14 May 2013, 21:38

41. moroninc (Posts: 162; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


have you tried swiftkey on S4? , the beauty of Android is we have the freedom of choice to change anything we like, and im not talking about just the keyboard homy!

posted on 14 May 2013, 21:14

36. apiskula (limited) (Posts: 441; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


I could not say that better. BankkruptBerry is a complete joke. The time is coming for them. Half is already in the grave

posted on 14 May 2013, 23:06

49. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1340; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Haha bankruptberry, they're digging their grave now

posted on 14 May 2013, 23:07

50. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1340; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Wendy have you ever used SwiftKey? It's much much better than bb 10 keyboard
You can't slide your finger on bb keyboard

posted on 15 May 2013, 09:37 1

59. semipro1337 (Posts: 59; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


Here ya go wendy, the instructions you asked me for right from apples website.

1. Find busy freeway
2. Lay down in between lanes

Now go make us proud!

posted on 14 May 2013, 19:57 6

4. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


I think Blackberry will not provide access to all features of BBM in it's android and iOS version..

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:43 1

18. Xtasy (Posts: 270; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


I hope not and they should charge other devices to use it too..for the app i mean. one time charge

posted on 14 May 2013, 21:08

33. wendygarett (unregistered)


One time charge then rip to bb, I rather use whatapps...

posted on 14 May 2013, 21:22 1

40. Heatfan316 (Posts: 266; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


That's because you're ignorant, if you knew how many features BBM possesses especially with BB10 you would not even consider using the WhatsApp.

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:02 4

5. Omar-BHR95 (Posts: 184; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)


ANY LOVE FOR WINDOWS PHONE ANY TIME SOON :(

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:22 1

9. akki20892 (Posts: 2667; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


is WP have Whatsapp, Viber - i think YES then why need this dude.

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:10 1

6. MC1123 (Posts: 1220; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Why? I don't think that is a good idea!!!

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:19

7. akki20892 (Posts: 2667; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:29 8

11. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Rule number one, NEVER GIVE AWAY WHAT MAKES YOU VALUABLE!! You can't expect to make money in this business world if you are "sharing" your exclusives with everyone, they will only take what's yours and use it against you!

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:34

14. MC1123 (Posts: 1220; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


totally agree!!! Si annoyed by these news!!! This is not a good move for blackberry!!!

posted on 14 May 2013, 21:15

38. apiskula (limited) (Posts: 441; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


There already in the grave anyway this will just seal the coffin

posted on 14 May 2013, 23:05

48. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1340; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Good for me then... Be strong bro

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:32

12. uchihakurtz (Posts: 171; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Now there's no reason why someone would buy a BB device aside from the physical QWERTY keys. The main reason people bought BB devices (in my country at least) is because of the BBM. This is a huge gamble by RIM, I mean, BlackBerry ...

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:33 8

13. snowgator (Posts: 3159; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Am I the only one who sees this as a positive and a huge possible revenue stream for BB? There are tons of Google apps on Apple products, no harm done to Android. This is a good gamble in my opinion.

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:41 4

17. Xtasy (Posts: 270; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


I agree. maybe now i will finally use BBM on my Z10 lol

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:54 1

24. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Exactly. BBM Channels could be cool, too.

posted on 14 May 2013, 22:15

43. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


What is the revenue stream to BB? I see this as enabling their remaining BBM clients on the BB phones (who are stuck on a contract) to connect with friends who have moved on to either Android or iOS.

This is more of a defensive move by BB/RIM.

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:37

15. MC1123 (Posts: 1220; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


if blackberry will do this, it will indeed scramble them!! This is their bread and butter so why they will offer it a cross platform... This is not skype!

posted on 14 May 2013, 23:04

47. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1340; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


And bb will go bankrupt :) good luck my friend. You just got trolled hard

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:40 2

16. Xtasy (Posts: 270; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


I never used BBM. That's not the reason i use blackberry.. I have plenty of reasons to use blackberry.. QNX software kills other phones.. Did anyone else notice that blackberry also has a play and pause button and no other phone does! It comes in really useful. plus u can change tracks just by pressing and holding the next button.. No other phone has that, how lame lol always use that and don't have to turn on the screen to change a song or pause, play it

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:50 1

22. bovcrx (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


The play and next track thing is something I do miss about my old BB.

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:56 1

26. jroc74 (Posts: 3980; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Just like MS offering Office to iOS and Android.....financial wise its a smart move. For trying to get BB market share, users....its a bad move.

posted on 15 May 2013, 02:17

54. muhsen (Posts: 191; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


No body buys windows or windows phone for MS office but many buy bb for bbm. besides MS office has been postponed for android and ios many times till late 2014 while bb seems to want to die very soon and want to release the app this summer

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:58 2

27. bovcrx (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


I'm a BB fan, but when I had my 9900 and 9360 my BBM list dwindled as all my friends switched to other OS's. This move could help stop people from switching now that their friends can get BBM again. Free wifi calling alone is worth using it.

posted on 14 May 2013, 21:10

34. apiskula (limited) (Posts: 441; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Never had a reason to purchase that junk anyway and never would. Never ever use anything Blackberry. WhatsApp is all you need

posted on 14 May 2013, 22:27

44. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4828; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


That's a bad idea from Heins, why would they offer their own BBM to Android and iOS? I mean, BBM is BB's own exclusive messenger, and everyone is using WhatsApp right now, who wants to use BBM when we have WhatsApp?

Bad idea Mr. Heins! Bad idea!

posted on 14 May 2013, 23:03

46. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1340; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


But good for me :) now I've no reason to hate on bb anymore
For those who just bought the Z10, you just got trolled very very very very hard

posted on 14 May 2013, 22:55

45. Daftama (Posts: 546; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Been saying that since day one at least you would've has the number 1 messaging app...no you wanted it for yourself. ..just hope u make it in this market. ..would hate to see icrap and android take over not like they r not...Window keep trying

posted on 14 May 2013, 23:37

51. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1340; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


BB you better make a new app called "BankruptBerry"

posted on 14 May 2013, 23:46

52. Archan_Pe (Posts: 74; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


In my opinion it's a good idea. Maybe blackberry had a reality check and knows that all isn't going well. I mean if you exclusively put BBM to Blackberry phones only and since a number of BB users switched to a different platform. That would only mean that things get useless since you're not communicating to a lot of people even though it's "communication at it's finest". Let's face it an app like that doesn't only have to be good it also needs to reach a lot of people. I mean honestly BBM posed as a breakthrough specially since families back then considered buying one for each member just because it was an easy way of communication. But when viber and whatsapp were introduced and was available in many OS, BBM lost its title to being a "key selling point" in the BBM scene. So reaching the android and iOS world isn't that bad. Lets just see whats the outcome of their decision and hope it the best for BlackBerry :)

posted on 15 May 2013, 00:26

53. MyJobSux (Posts: 71; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


Its another 3rd part chat client. I really dont see why so many people are mad about this. Instead of having an intelectual discussion there are basically too many adolecents unattended on the internet.

About the BBM client going to other platforms, sounds good. BB is known for their tight encryption. Several countries demanded the encryption keys so they could intercept messages. The point isnt the reason they wanted to have the keys but the fact that the encryption was so robust that the countries felt they must demand them. Im wondering if this app will be free, a one time pay for the app or maybe a free app but you pay for the service IF your not holding a BB device. Hard to say but this is a proven client capable of secure transmission. Im interested in seeing what happens.

posted on 15 May 2013, 02:43

55. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


It seems like BlackBerry felt the danger of Samsung Knox, thus they decided to move to Andriod and iOS, even thought it is a very late shift of strategy from BB, it may still work,,
I can see Knox eating a lot of BB's professional customer base

posted on 15 May 2013, 03:30

56. feli_g (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Apr 2011)


Maybe now I do have a reason. I like bb cause of bbm and cause of the keyboard, now that everyone will have bbm I can go back to my bb and still text all my friends. Whatsapp does not work as well as bbm.

posted on 15 May 2013, 06:07

57. adoptop70 (Posts: 20; Member since: 29 Apr 2013)


Blackberry is digging their own grave and they'll be bury soon,bcos is like they're saying bye-bye to hardware in style,so they want to generate revenue by maintaining software alone.

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:54

58. AJmeBOY (Posts: 26; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


Have y'all utilized Facebook Messenger for group messages? I think it is a pretty good feature that incorporates alot of the features of BBM and iChat such as who as seen it and when. The real value is that you aren't limited to your handset to respond. You can respond from any computer or tablet. And it's a stand alone app so that you don't draw as much data as full FB. IMO FB Messenger is great and I look forward to more people migrating in that direction for group messaging.

I am a loyal Android fan using the RAZR Maxx on Verizon.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 15:11

60. Imad1996 (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


When the hell ?? Some rumors said it was 27 of June, but its 30 june in my country and we haven't seen the so called mighty bbm appear ... Please reply

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