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Voice and video calling coming to BBM for iOS and BBM for Android within months

Voice and video calling coming to BBM for iOS and BBM for Android within months
Even though over 10 million people have downloaded BBM for iOS and BBM for Android, we told you that a further update would be necessary for the voice and video calling features of the service to work. On Sunday, Andrew Bocking said that those with BBM for iOS and BBM for Android will be able to make voice and video calls within months. And Bocking should know, considering that he is Executive VP of BBM for BlackBerry.

Tweet from CBC anchor says that BlackBerry will monetize BBM using Channels

Tweet from CBC anchor says that BlackBerry will monetize BBM using Channels

While Bocking says that BBM will always be free, the Canadian OEM wants to monetize the app. One way will be with BBM Channels. Appearing Sunday on CBC’s The Morning Edition, Bocking said that this will be the way for BlackBerry to make money off of BBM. Calling Channels a "social engagement platform within BBM," the executive says that it spreads the "BBM experience to brands, artists, businesses and communities, you will now be able to connect with individuals and groups in real time."

CBC says that BBM Channels will launch soon, although the service might remain in beta for some time. Speaking of BBM, Bocking says that "We continue to plan to evolve the service and keep making it more engaging and have more reasons why people will come back to use the service." With BlackBerry looking to monetize Channels as a way to profit from BBM, we could be looking at a new BlackBerry, more software oriented with a focus away from handsets.



source: BlackBerry, @andreabellmare via MobileSyrup

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posted on 27 Oct 2013, 23:05 2

1. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Let's make that about a year.

posted on 27 Oct 2013, 23:11 2

2. fuzzkage (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Dec 2012)


Lol who uses bbm anymore ?? Jk

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 02:36 3

7. Coolhead (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Is your question for real or your just kidding? Close to 100 million people that's who.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 07:50

11. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


By the JK at the end, he is trying to make a snide remark.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 04:46

9. taikucing (unregistered)


of course they are the people who have friends & socialize.

posted on 27 Oct 2013, 23:35 3

3. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


It would be nice to have BBM on Windows Phone...

posted on 27 Oct 2013, 23:49 6

4. orca99 (Posts: 87; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


That's the price you've to pay for choosing an ecosystem with a 3% market share. Have to wait in line for the developers to service Android/iOs first.

posted on 27 Oct 2013, 23:55 6

5. Shatter (Posts: 2013; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Keep dreaming.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 03:54 2

8. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


Have a nice dream... :P

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 09:25

14. siraj989 (Posts: 17; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)


actually bbm for windowsphone8 is coming

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 01:07 1

6. jsdechavez (Posts: 701; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Yeah right, probably VOICE and VIDEO over wifi only.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 07:20

10. kg4icg (Posts: 68; Member since: 18 May 2008)


Blackberry has said bbm for win phone 8 is in the works.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 07:56

12. AfterShock (Posts: 2798; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I don't get the delays, only makes other IM apps harder to challenge.
This will keep them mediocre as usual.
My hang outs update will be here within a week, and that's going to hit 80% roughly of smartphone users.
BBM, thanks for coming out.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 09:24

13. siraj989 (Posts: 17; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)


Why would anyone want to use BBM we got plenty of social app whatsaap viber skype nimbuzz line and many more.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 09:31

15. Armor (Posts: 49; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Because BBM uses pins and not your phone number (so you don't have to disclose your phone number), thus making it much more secure and the app is super smooth. BBM was the first messaging app and is still the best.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 09:37 1

16. siraj989 (Posts: 17; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)


The worst thing about is that you can't see if the person is online or offline

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 11:36

17. matt69 (Posts: 7; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)


BBM just removed the ability to send a PICTURE to group messages.... I have ZERO faith they will have video calling HAHAHAAHAHA.

LAME LAME LAME. I actually was rooting for BBM until the most recent update when instead of fixing BBM crashing when sending a PIC to a group message they just REMOVED the feature! Are you kidding me?!

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 13:08

18. Stuntman (Posts: 711; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


So, in a matter of months, I will be able to do on BBM what I have already been able to do on GTalk/Hangouts for years.

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