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Rumor suggests BBM is coming to iPhone later next month

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Rumor suggests BBM is coming to iPhone later next month
If you have ever used a BlackBerry, you are probably aware of the BBM phenomenon. RIM's proprietary BlackBerry Messenger is a versatile utility praised by its fans worldwide, but so far its span has been “limited” since it only runs on BlackBerry handsets.

However, there is a slight chance of seeing BBM on iOS devices in the near future. Supposedly, at a recent social media conference held in Toronto, Canada, RIM's co-CEO Jim Balsillie mentioned the company's intentions to bring BlackBerry Messenger to the iPhone by making it available for download through the App Store on April 26. Furthermore, an update to RIM's instant messenger may land later this summer taking advantage of a new “notification system.”

Due to the nature of BBM's way of operation, we remain rather skeptical about this rumor and we wish we could verify its credibility. After all, using the messenger requires you to have a unique PIN code, which is hardwired to a particular BlackBerry smartphone, and a workaround to the issue has not been mentioned yet. Could this be an early April fool's joke?

source: MacRumors via TUAW

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posted on 30 Mar 2011, 07:01 2

1. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


excellent! if this is true it will be the best thing ever to happen when it comes to socializing even tho many like to play early pranks for April fools

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 12:15 1

14. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Well if it's not the king of trolls :)

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 07:02 1

2. tmoney83 (Posts: 37; Member since: 08 May 2009)


thats good news if its true

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 07:59 1

3. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


I don't know if this is a good idea. One of the biggest reasons current Blackberry users don't switch to other operating systems is because the lack of BBM.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 08:10 1

4. Gawain (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


Indeed. Some of the other rumors about this say that non-BB platforms would be "watered down" versions, lacking full functionality, and perhaps enticing users to explore BlackBerry further.

As for the messaging set-up, assigning non-BB-PINs is certainly do-able, look at how "LiveProfile" works. It's PIN based (tied to a user's email) and is available for iOS, Android and BlackBerry.

posted on 31 Mar 2011, 00:28 1

18. MShamrock (unregistered)


I don't believe so, BB has got nothing to offer if you put it in front of iOS or any Android phone. I just switched from BB to Android and I feel like "geez, I've been wasting my money and time with these washed out devices"

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 08:27 1

7. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


if It becomes a purchasable feature they don't have to worry about issues with BB phones with phones and having to trow a commercial campaign to promote BB devices, BB messenger will promote itself and users may even be willing to pay a certain fee to keep the service active (witch translates to more money and less effort), may users are starting to give up on their BB pin to gain more power, one example is Joana from engadget (sorry if thats not the name) that left her BB behind, I ordered a defy to replace my broken milestone (R.I.P. bud. note to people don't fucking play electric man at home) and my friend got it on the mail for me while i get back, she loves it.... and thats a cheap defy.... she was going to order one for herself.... but i had to stop her.... she said she likes all the features... and blur!? and that she loves the camera.... is "faster than a bb and pictures are pretty" and she used to be a BB fan.... but now she may not touch a BB in a while

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 09:15 1

10. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


took me a while to find it but finally
http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/15/editorial-rim-seems-to-be-as-lost-as-my-blackberry/

rumor seems to be out for a while
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/03/rim-preparing-to-bring-bbm-to-ios-and-android-change-everything/

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 09:47 1

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


Thanks for the links- the editorial on RIM being as lost as her phone was a fun read, and there was a link in her story for the RIM CEO at a conference in December which was one of the worst signs for Blackberries future I have ever seen. He seemed lost, and devoid of any plan except "wait until the Playbook changes everything".

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 08:11 1

5. sonisoe (Posts: 306; Member since: 06 May 2009)


well we've got whatsapp, and its fantastic...who needs bbm...

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 08:15 3

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


whatsapp its great but BB is popular....

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 08:35

8. alexjohn (unregistered)


it is your item still available for sale? if yes kindly get back to me with your last price.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 08:37

9. IOS5 (unregistered)


Yep it's true BBM for IOS and Android

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 09:16

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


Blackberry needs to start thinking out of the box, anyways. Standing on their platform totally on their own is resulting in nothing but losing ground and bleeding customers. If it is a full access, pay-app for BBM, then they get a new cash flow source they never had. If a few iPhone users switch to BB devices, more power to 'em. But, really, even iPhone haters can not think Apple is even remotely worried about losing sales to RIM based on the devices coming out from the Blackberry production crew. If it gets to Droid, I think that is mostly the same story: More cash for RIM, new high quality App for Droid users. And while a couple of Citrus and Bravo users may consider RIM devices, no EVO or Droid X user would ever take that idea seriously. Also, Blackberry loyalist will be able to use BBM with their friends who have iPhones and Droids, and will HELP our Canadian Allies keep some of the loyal consumers they do have as they build a (hopefully) more competitive plan for the future. This is a win/win in my humble, uneducated opinion.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 10:16

13. BBmer (unregistered)


You guys would be retarted to think Rim would ever let this happen. I ahve talked to enough reginal managers and RIM reps that laugh when this gets brought out.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 13:07

15. Lee (unregistered)


I dont think this will happen sure it would be nice but with so many people switching to BB purely for the messenger service this would be a huge mistake on there part.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 13:25

16. SavageLucy42 (Posts: 202; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


I have a Blackberry but no friends with Blackberries, so I still don't understand the benefit of BBM aside from not using your text package. Which again doesn't matter because I'm on a family plan with shared unlimited texts.

posted on 31 Mar 2011, 14:39

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


I understand- My families smartphone of choice right now is Blackberry, and BBM is useless with no one else on board. That is why I am in favor of this- BBM can be used with other OS branded phones, and my wife, who wants to stay with RIM products, can message to everyone. Hopefully.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 16:22

17. SMARTGUY (unregistered)


IF BBM IS AVAILABLE ON IPHONE IT IS GOING TO BE A BOMB! Blackberry is going to get bankrupt! i mean the only reason 4 buyin a blackberry is the BBM, the spec sucks whack camera, big body, everything! while the iphone play games, text, video,hd camera, the list never end! how dumb is the management of blackberry? the is the same as sellin blackberry to apple, even better apple gets it free of charge! Im not an apple believer the only apple product i have is my itouch n i use driod x(luv it) I SPEAK THE TRUTH!

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