BlackBerry says it will not offer BBM to Windows Phone users for now
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.
source: TrustedReviews via TechCrunch
1. E.S.1 (Posts: 284; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
Why would anyone use BB messenger when there are so many better apps out there. Like Whatsapp for example?
14. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)
And now which idiot says that whatsapp is better than BBM
Don't be stupid
18. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 944; 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...
22. E.S.1 (Posts: 284; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
Of course it's better. The whole world knows that except you.... Stupid Idiot!!
23. eznuel (Posts: 8; 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
2. uchihakurtz (Posts: 165; 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.
3. thealphageek1 (Posts: 287; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
@Alan F, you are wrong. WhatsApp is available for BlackBerry 10(and legacy BlackBerrys as well).
8. Alan01 (Posts: 141; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)
Thanks for the correction. Insragram, of course, is not available in BlackBerry World.
4. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2687; 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❔
7. snowgator (Posts: 3149; 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.
9. digicon (Posts: 107; 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 . . .
10. alpinejason (Posts: 249; 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
11. SportDriver (Posts: 26; 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.
12. AfterShock (Posts: 931; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Dumb move, stupid and short sighted even, but really dam funny.
Getting snubbed by a dying platform.
16. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2687; 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❕
17. AfterShock (Posts: 931; 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.
19. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 944; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
BANG! One finger or not, BBRY/RIMM is still dead in the water ;o)
25. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2687; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
It's like them falling off a cliff screaming "see you in hell, MS!!!!""" lol.
13. Akfred (Posts: 64; 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
26. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2687; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
I do too. That would push MS to do better, faster... Great idea❕
21. Sire3008 (Posts: 70; 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!