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BlackBerry says it will not offer BBM to Windows Phone users for now

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BlackBerry says it will not offer BBM to Windows Phone users for now
While BlackBerry CEO John Chen has recently confirmed that the Canadian OEM will be offering BES for Windows Phone, it seems that the beleaguered manufacturer is not going to offer its BBM for the platform. The messaging application has already been offered to iOS and Android users and large numbers of both downloaded and installed BBM on their phones. The apps allow iOS and Android users to send and receive messages using PIN numbers. Eventually, they will be able to make phone calls, engage in video chat, and populate discussion groups.

David Proulx, BlackBerry’s Senior Director of BBM Business Development, explained that the release of BBM for iOS and Android was due to the large number of users of those two platforms. While Windows Phone might not have enough users to make BlackBerry interested in releasing BBM for the platform, that could change. Proulx says, "As other platforms emerge, whichever they may be, we will execute on those platforms as well."

BlackBerry's thinking about Windows Phone might be dated. While the platform couldn't get popular apps like Instagram for years, that is changing. Apps like Instagram and WhatsApp are now available in the Windows Phone Store. Windows Phone started to gain traction last year and thanks to the GDR3 update, top shelf models have the same specs as high end Android phones.

If Windows Phone continues to pick up users, it won't be long before BlackBerry changes its mind.

"It is not a statement of intent, and it’s not a strategic or religious thing, it’s just a function of when does it make sense and when is it something that consumers demand in sufficient numbers to make it worth our while and worth their while."-David Proulx, BlackBerry’s Senior Director of BBM Business Development

source: TrustedReviews via TechCrunch

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posted on 17 Jan 2014, 19:17 11

1. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Why would anyone use BB messenger when there are so many better apps out there. Like Whatsapp for example?

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 05:47

14. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


And now which idiot says that whatsapp is better than BBM

Don't be stupid

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 12:29

18. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


BBRY/RIMM is basically dead, waiting to be cut up and sold into parts (despite the recent dead-cat bounce). Give it a rest...

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 20:11 1

22. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Of course it's better. The whole world knows that except you.... Stupid Idiot!!

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 07:11

23. eznuel (Posts: 13; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


You must be definitely high! I wonder why clowns get so blinded by their hate.. It's obvious you don't know what a BBM messenger is. #GrowUp

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 19:31 8

2. uchihakurtz (Posts: 230; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


BBM went out on Android and iOS and everybody lost their mind... for about a week, then most of them never used it again, at least in my place. And Whatsapp gave me an extra year of subscription, which is nice.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 20:00

3. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


@Alan F, you are wrong. WhatsApp is available for BlackBerry 10(and legacy BlackBerrys as well).

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 22:12

8. Alan01 (Posts: 177; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


Thanks for the correction. Insragram, of course, is not available in BlackBerry World.

Regards,
Alan F.

posted on 05 May 2014, 16:38

27. AJagtiani (Posts: 372; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


That was good trolling there Alan.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 20:33 2

4. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3490; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Oh, well.. Nowhere near a "nail in the coffin" as far as apps go.... Who cares, besides the very few people on WP that miss BBM❔

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 21:30 4

5. apiskula (Posts: 565; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Blackberry just die already

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 21:53 3

6. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5159; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Shut up.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 22:11 2

7. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


As a Windows Phone user, I am near immune to these stories. I have accepted we will not get "top apps" first.

I just do not get the point on this for BBM though. Where are WP sales the strongest? Overseas, in a lot of the markets where BlackBerry still does well. (Mostly BB07 devices) So NOT getting BBM onto a strong growth platform only hurts, as the WP users in those countries would grab BBM to converse with their BlackBerry using friends and families. That is the exact reason getting it on Android and iOS was so important here in the States- to get the infusion of cash and use on BBM that huge user base provides.

Certainly not a decision that works in their favor if a move to a worldwide software and services company is where they are heading.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 22:50 1

9. digicon (Posts: 114; Member since: 11 Aug 2011)


Yeah. They'll change their minds, . . for a Price . . .
I know. The Whatsapp app is right there . . . Come on Man . . .

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 00:17 5

10. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


seriously bb just admit that you are seriously butt hurt because windows phone seriously has you beat for the 3rd place and you just can not accept it so you are going to do whatever you can to HATE but thats ok just keep hating because without haters there can't be players again how many users are on your platform again besides government ha ha ha and who wants a blackberry nobody as far as i can tell.why on earth would you price your handsets for 200.00 with a 2 year contract when you cant give em away for free just look at how many millions of dollars of your handsets you had to write off.talk about stubborn.and besides i cannot remember that last time how many months i have seen a blackberry device bb10 or 7

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 01:31 4

11. SportDriver (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


BB you lost against WP, get over it. No one wants BlackBerrys any more. I do not really care if i do not get this app.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 02:46

12. AfterShock (Posts: 2530; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Dumb move, stupid and short sighted even, but really dam funny.
Getting snubbed by a dying platform.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 09:36 2

16. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3490; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


WP surpasses BB, and they try to retaliate by holding back one of their not so critical apps❔ Seems kinda petty... Yeah, you would think that's funny... You, SMH

Looking at it from another way I think it's funny to... Lol❕

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 10:02

17. AfterShock (Posts: 2530; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Considering large base of wp is thrifty at this point, it'd been a no brainer to have bbm on wp.

But as a last dying act, they reach out and wave with only one finger to ms, that sorry, is kind of funny.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 12:33 1

19. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


BANG! One finger or not, BBRY/RIMM is still dead in the water ;o)

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 18:36

24. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3490; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


LOL... I see.. It is kinda funny...

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 18:37

25. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3490; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


It's like them falling off a cliff screaming "see you in hell, MS!!!!""" lol.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 05:13 2

13. Akfred (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


Who care if BBM comes to WP or not , the only thing BBM
Pass whatsapp is live notification outside that BBM is trash
Compared to whatsap. So if BlackBerry like they bring it on
I don't care as long as I have whatsapp am fine.
Windows phone did not struggled 3rd they merited it

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 13:25 1

20. pureviewuser (Posts: 122; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


I hope blackberry survive

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 18:38

26. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3490; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I do too. That would push MS to do better, faster... Great idea❕

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 14:04 2

21. Sire3008 (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


This is a stupid move coming from RIM blackberry. Why withhold the app from wp platform? They can go to hell with their bbm app!

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