BBM appears in the Windows Phone Store as a Private Beta for now

BBM appears in the Windows Phone Store as a Private Beta for now
BBM is already available for BlackBerry (natch), iOS and Android. The company earlier announced that its messaging app would also be made available for Windows Phone users. Well, we have some very good news for those sporting a phone powered by Microsoft's mobile OS. A Beta version of BBM is now available in the Windows Phone Store. Since it is a private beta, the only way to grab it now would be via an invitation. However, it should not be too long before BBM is open for all Windows Phone users.

As soon as Facebook offered $19 billion for WhatsApp, a lightbulb went off in John Chen's head. The BlackBerry CEO realized that his company has a messaging app of its own, so why not turn it into money. Considering that Facebook paid $42 for each WhatsApp subscriber, Chen whipped out his trusty calculator, and realized that if more people sign up with BBM, the higher the app's value. If BlackBerry is ever hurting for cash, it could then spin off or sell BBM.


As a huge number of iOS and Android users ended up taking the bait, and signing up for BBM, it turned out to be a good idea. And now that Windows Phone users can sign up as well, you can just see the value of the the messaging app growing daily. If you're a Windows Phone user, are you planning on downloading the BBM app on your phone? Let us know by dropping a comment in the box below.

source: BBM (WindowsPhone)

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45 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Kudos for WP, that's another feather in the hat. Yeah, I said that.

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Now really stop that bro, that's embarrassing :)

11. colonel

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 22, 2013

emabarrasing for android fan

13. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Thanks bro :)

19. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I'd rather WP prosper along side and with BB at Apples expense. I'm not leaving Nexus any time soon, I've no reason to give up functionality an ability that is not rivaled. But I like to see others racing too.

9. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

what is BBM -__-

2. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Good job BlackBerry, good job on delivering on due date (but keep it that way). Another good software for WP.. Other than that.. Alert, Alert, Alert: Haters and Trolls will soon be jumping on this BB article. Hater: WahyuWisnu, apiskula Troll: DRO_ID Trolls and haters are many but these are the professional ones.. They will prove me right in this very comment section..

5. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

BBM as a messaging platform looks wonderfull, but there were other alternative that were better than BBM that already available on the failing platform (called WP)

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

what alternatives?

18. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Whats app, We Chat, Hangout, Line, Viber, Skype, and many more...

8. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

The OS is the fastest growing in the world selling tens millions of units, it selling more than ever before with more OEMs now supporting the platform now that's its license free but its failing according to you. Tsk tsk such a genius.

14. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Oh please stop, you are uttering that fastest growing OS BS since a year, yet its still stuck at 5%. I've yet to see anyone owning a WP. Everywhere I see, there are only galaxies and iphones.

17. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

So why microsoft is selling an android phone?? You can say "fastest growing" 1000x, but it won't make it fastest growing.

12. colonel

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 22, 2013

Failing platform? it's fastest growing OS in the world. ah man phonearena is filled with fan boys.

15. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Fanboys? Those are you. Fastest growing platform, ROTFL, almost a year you guys have been spamming this, yet it is stuck with 5% marketshare LOL.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

What makes those alternatives better? Elaborate, please. And next time put IMO. Those other messaging apps may have more registered users, but BBM has more monthly ACTIVE users than the largest of them all, which is WhatsApp, and as many if not more features.

7. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

And, they are even too stupid to not awnswer when you call them out... These trolls ride the purple short bus...

10. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Sometimes you gotta or they will fool the ordinary person who doesn't know better. Sometimes you just let them look silly, they are an insecure bunch.

32. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

The average consumer doesn't read this crap... These trolls aren't doing anything to hurt potential WP sales, rather they're just making themselves look pathetic, immature, and fearful, with every comment they make..... ................ That's why I keep telling you guys to completely ignore them... They are annoying so why do ya'll keep giving them reason to make comments by arguing with them?.... They're insecure, and that's what they want... I'm telling you that the best thing you can do is ignore them.. That'll frustrate them more than anything... The worst thing you can do is keep showing them that you care about what they have to say... Don't you see? ................. Quit worrying about being WP's savior, and having to defend the platform.. Have more faith in the platform, and know that these trolls don't control anything.... Just completely ignore them starting now! Do it! It feels really, really, really good.

20. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Honestly though, "Fastest growing", That is just flame bait an really annoying. The numbers for past three years an public perception does not widely support that stated WP " Fact'. Even if in some way true, do you WP fans not see that? Their motto should be something like,. The cleanest, or the friendliest.

21. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Hahahahahahhahahahha,, RECEIVED a WARNING FROM PA moderates and I am labled as troll.. WOW, JUST WOW.. I am very disappointed at you PA..

22. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

according to registered date of people who are commenting on this article, I am one the oldest members of this site, but I have been reading PA way longer than that. I have started commenting not long ago, but the reason I started was because there are a few true trolls who abuse BlackBerry and all I have done was defend BB when the trolls were wrong. I have not defended BlackBerry when they made mistakes or wrong decisions. Long story short, PA you owe me an apology else I f**king am not visiting this site any more..

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

PA sent you a warning? For what? This site is going downhill fast.

26. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Apparently I am a troll.. I have sent them an email, lets see if they can man up and give me a reply back.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's just BS on PA's part. I hope the ACTUAL TROLLS got a warning.

31. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

I actually got a reply back, was very surprised.. Things are now in the clear. So no worries.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's great, tatail!

36. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Are you talking about that one comment as a reply to my comment in the other article re: how we could benefit from the square screen? It's still moderated. They need to clear that up. Oh, before I get moderated, I should say that this is a great thing for both BB and WP. IMO, BBM is the best messaging app out there, and it's great that WP users will be able to experience it as well. Once the features are available, you guys need to check out the voice and video capabilities. Runs pretty smoothly.

37. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Yup that was the comment.. I am not worried about it anymore..

29. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I attest that, Yesterday I got a warning for a comment "......" labelled as trolling. Actually that was a PA bug which double posts, especially on slow connections. To avoid confusion I simply edited the second comment to blank. Second occasion was :http://www.phonearena.com/news/Nokia-Lumia-830-render-shows-Nokia-by-Microsoft-branding_id57867 read comment #18, this retard moron guy bothered me, I replied him back with same bi*** comment and reported him. Instead PA deleted my comment and sent me a warning. LOL. And I think PA will delete all of our comments about this protest. :)

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