BBM's premium security features now free to all users

Starting today, two features on BBM that had required a paid BBM subscription, are now available to all users of the messaging app for free. The first feature, Retract, allows you to delete a message after it has already been sent to somebody. This is the feature you need to use after sending a message to the boss telling him exactly what you think of him, and then finding out that you're getting a meaningful raise. Of course, once the message you want to take back has already been read by the recipient, Retract doesn't do you any good.

The second feature is called Timer, and allows you to decide how long a message you send will remain readable. Once the clock hits zero, the message disappears from the phone belonging to the sender, and the phone belonging to the recipient of the message. Other new features now available for iOS, Android and BlackBerry users include Private Chat and Edit. With Private Chat, you can have names and avatars removed from the chat window. With Edit, you can edit a message after it has already been sent.

In addition, other features have been added to the Android, iOS and BlackBerry 10 versions of BBM. You can click on the slideshow to see all of these additions.

To cancel your BBM subscription, on iOS you simply do not renew when your subscription is up. Android users should go to the Google Play Store, click the menu in the top left, go to My Accounts, then Subscriptions, and cancel. BlackBerry 10 users can go to BlackBerry World, go to Subscriptions and hit cancel.

source: BlackBerry via MobileSyrup



1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22737; Member since: May 28, 2014

These are pretty good features to have for an IM client, so I'm glad BlackBerry has decided to make them free.

2. Rafishant

Posts: 408; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

I love bbm, but the problem is that I have zero contacts on it. No one of my friends or relatives use bbm.

3. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I use it to only communicate with my spouse. The app, BBM,Doesn't drain battery and great for instant conversationsavings, and no ads. Love it.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Same here. I like BBM but it's completely useless if the other party isn't using it and can't use it as a sms client.

22. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Just like every dam other chat client. So what's your point besides trolling Michelle. This has only been pointed out to your dumbass only 432 million times already. They make 'em real dense where you come from huh?

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22737; Member since: May 28, 2014

Bazing!! Got 'em! +1

48. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Like a giddy little school girl.

51. meanestgenius

Posts: 22737; Member since: May 28, 2014

Like a stalker that can't keep my name out of his mouth.

60. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I didn't say your name anywhere in my comment.

66. meanestgenius

Posts: 22737; Member since: May 28, 2014

And I'm not a giddy school girl, or anything like one.

72. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Post #24 says differently.

75. meanestgenius

Posts: 22737; Member since: May 28, 2014

Post #50 from you in this very article proves you to be a liar.

81. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I assure you that post is very true.

84. meanestgenius

Posts: 22737; Member since: May 28, 2014

What I said about post #50? You're correct. It is very true.

115. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're done here. Give it up.

120. meanestgenius

Posts: 22737; Member since: May 28, 2014

You first, loser.

125. Mxyzptlk unregistered

There you go again with the "No You" responses.

130. meanestgenius

Posts: 22737; Member since: May 28, 2014

There you go again, still being a loser.

29. VapeSir

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 04, 2016

I like BB, but don't like the hardware specs. No way near S7.

16. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

That's pretty legit, but more eagerly waiting for meetings to be free than anything else.

26. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

this would be a awesome feature Android has this built into there their SMS...but still a cool feature tho

27. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

3/4 of the messages here sound like a bunch of 4th bout GROW THE F UP...why even respond? u both feed each other and it just keeps going and going....EVERY WHERE i look i see these 2 dumb dumbs going back and forth...why dont u guys get each others messenger ID's and talk on there or exchanged phone numbers! no body here wants to hear u fight with each other!!!

45. joeone2006

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 31, 2016

BBM another feature from Blackberry that nobody uses. WhatsApp is so much better. Oh wait that was pulled from Junkberry because they have no user base. Give up Blackberry!

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 22737; Member since: May 28, 2014

Why should they give it up when they have closet fans like you always posting on BlackBerry articles on phonearena? You help keep them alive and well. Thanks for your support.

53. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Sounds like apiskula is back. Hope he gets banned again. So how are you doing, MG? How's the Priv so far? For me, the wife and I broke down and got the LG G5. It's our first phone away from Blackberry since 2007. She loved that puppy unboxing and the Jason Statham commercial and basically said, that's what we're getting next! lol Don't let the naysayers get to you too much. They don't understand that you started out respectfully responding with disagreements and providing facts, and when they get upset and disrespectful, you happened to stand up for yourself. And if they know the history, they would understand how certain comments can now just set you off.

54. meanestgenius

Posts: 22737; Member since: May 28, 2014

Ablopez! How are you, my friend? Hope all is well with you and your family. I've been well. And the PRIV has actually shaped up to be the best Android handset I've ever used. It suits my needs perfectly, so far. However, I ain't letting go of my Passport or my Z30, lol. It's always good to use other brands to see what they have to offer. I also currently use an iPad Air 2 as my tablet of choice, and I am about to upgrade to the iPad Air Pro 9.7 inch. I'll be honest with you: I love hitting these trolls "over the head" with facts. It's a guilty pleasure of mine, lol. But once they get disrespectful and talking about my family and such, then the gloves come off. I'm all for a reasonable debate. But I just won't tolerate the disrespect. And yeah, this dude seems exactly like apiskula. He'll be banned soon.

55. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Yes, all is well thanks for asking. Hope all is well with you and the fiancee (or wife?) as well. My wife's G5 seemed to have a problem with the battery after the first day. Not sure if it's defective or if an app was just running in the background. If it continues to happen, I may just exchange it for the Priv. I played with it in the store and it seems well built. It's just too bad that BlackBerry refuses to market it. The salesperson even said that it's a great phone but no one knows it exists. Which actually makes their sales pretty remarkable if you think about it. I hear you. I have a Nexus 9 as my tablet, but I'm thinking about getting an iPad as well, maybe the mini. I thought about the Pro but it just seems too big for my needs. So there you have it: I've used BB10 extensively, currently using an Android phone and tablet, about to get an iPad, and I have Windows 10 on my PC and laptop. That just about covers it for me! And I'm sure I had a Symbian phone in the past without even knowing it was running Symbian. I wonder if that makes me a fanboy of all these OS's lol. And I gotta be honest with you... some of the fights have been pretty entertaining, some kind of cringe worthy. But still, keep up the good fight. There aren't many of us BB fans left on this site.

56. meanestgenius

Posts: 22737; Member since: May 28, 2014

Indeed. We BlackBerry fans seem to be a dying breed on this site. But I'll definitely keep up the good fight, and I'll even try to bring in a bit more humor as opposed to cringe worthy, lol. Be well, my friend.

63. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Gee I wonder where I heard that one from. Sounds eerily familiar.

69. meanestgenius

Posts: 22737; Member since: May 28, 2014

Hush up, boy. The adults in the room are talking.

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