BlackBerry says it will not offer BBM to Windows Phone users for now

BlackBerry says it will not offer BBM to Windows Phone users for now
While BlackBerry CEO John Chen has recently confirmed that the Canadian OEM will be offering BES for Windows Phone, it seems that the beleaguered manufacturer is not going to offer its BBM for the platform. The messaging application has already been offered to iOS and Android users and large numbers of both downloaded and installed BBM on their phones. The apps allow iOS and Android users to send and receive messages using PIN numbers. Eventually, they will be able to make phone calls, engage in video chat, and populate discussion groups.

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

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26 Comments

1. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 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: Sep 19, 2013

And now which idiot says that whatsapp is better than BBM Don't be stupid

18. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Of course it's better. The whole world knows that except you.... Stupid Idiot!!

23. eznuel

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 08, 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: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 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: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

@Alan F, you are wrong. WhatsApp is available for BlackBerry 10(and legacy BlackBerrys as well).

8. Alan01

Posts: 601; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Thanks for the correction. Insragram, of course, is not available in BlackBerry World. Regards, Alan F.

27. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

That was good trolling there Alan.

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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❔

5. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Blackberry just die already

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Shut up.

7. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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: 121; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

Yeah. They'll change their minds, . . for a Price . . . I know. The Whatsapp app is right there . . . Come on Man . . .

10. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 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: 31; Member since: Nov 07, 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: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Dumb move, stupid and short sighted even, but really dam funny. Getting snubbed by a dying platform.

16. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 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: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

BANG! One finger or not, BBRY/RIMM is still dead in the water ;o)

24. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

LOL... I see.. It is kinda funny...

25. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

It's like them falling off a cliff screaming "see you in hell, MS!!!!""" lol.

13. Akfred

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 08, 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

20. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

I hope blackberry survive

26. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I do too. That would push MS to do better, faster... Great idea❕

21. Sire3008

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 26, 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!

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