Consumer version of BBM closing on May 31st

Consumer version of BBM closing on May 31st
BBM, considered the first messaging service designed for mobile users, will be closing its doors to consumers on May 31st. A note sent to BBM members says that it is "Time to say goodbye." First used internally by employees of BlackBerry parent Research In Motion, BlackBerry Messenger, as the service was originally called, was publicly launched on August 1st, 2005. For many, it was the main reason to purchase a BlackBerry device. 

With BlackBerry becoming irrelevant in the smartphone market and other messaging apps launching, then BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins announced in May 2013 that BBM would be made available to iOS and Android users later that summer. After some false starts (including a fake listing in the Google Play Store, and a leaked version), BBM for Android and iOS was officially released on October 21st, 2013.

BlackBerry continued trying to play catch up by adding new features to the app including stickers. But outside of Indonesia, where it remains the top mobile messaging app, BBM was considered an afterthought compared to other, more popular apps.

Three years ago, Indonesia based Emtek acquired the licensing rights to BBM for a six-year period. As part of the $207 million deal, BBM's servers were moved from Canada to Asia.  While Emtek had the rights to the consumer version of the service, BlackBerry continued to run the enterprise version of BBM. And today, BlackBerry said that it is immediately making BBM Enterprise (BBMe) available to individuals through the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.  The service will be free for 12 months; after that period of time, a six-month subscription will cost $2.49.

In its press release issued this morning, BlackBerry noted that it is offering BBMe to individuals out of respect for loyal BBM users. The company noted that it was not under any contractual obligation to do this.

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77 Comments

1. eausa

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 28, 2019

Never had one but sad to see less competition, however weak it might have been.

5. miketer

Posts: 493; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

It was a wonder to send and receive messages of unlimited length in those days.

2. Rager722

Posts: 617; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

RIP to BBM, it's an end of an era..

3. iloveapps

Posts: 392; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Its better to close something not worth. Better focus in other areas like enterprise.

4. Ichimoku

Posts: 124; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

BBM? What is that?

6. miketer

Posts: 493; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Well, you missed wonderful moments in the technology world when it was first revealed and when it was very unique, just like what happened in June 29, 2007.

7. Venom

Posts: 2989; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Well it looks like the end of the line for BBM. It was only a matter of time before the dog had to be taken out back and put out of her misery.

9. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1504; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

BBM and the Qwerty keypad was the reason why I was tempted about getting a BlackBerry in future. I was literally jealous of my aunt who owned BlackBerry Torch 9860 back then and used dream about getting BB device whenever I used to see her phone. It was a great old time, mobile tech and industry was evolving and we were getting some amazing phones with every phone having their own design language and features. Sure time flies..... RIP BBM. :(

15. blingblingthing

Posts: 838; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

A note to Apple iMessage users that claim their messenger service is the reason they won't upgrade to Android.

17. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! I'm having a flashback right now... I quote: @meanestgenius: "BBM didn’t just stay, it’s still growing. The last I heard was a monthly active user count of 55 million in January. It’s the biggest chat app in a country of close to 260 million people. And that’s just in Indonesia alone. Kinda puts a damper on your “nobody uses BBM tirade you just went on, lol. Trolling, maybe? You absolutely are, and that’s why you’ve been “limited” several times in the time that you’ve been a part of this community. You definitely are rolling your eyes away from reality, and oh-so-triggered because I pointed it out" End quote. Source:https://www.phonearena.com/news/BlackBerry-Messenger-BBM-now-offers-Uber-integration-to-all-users_id100852 THE TRUTH SHALL PREVAIL... Eventually! Took almost 2 years in my case but, better late than never, eh? But in all seriousness; I'm kind of sad. BBM™ used to be my bread and butter, now it's just dust and sand... I shall never forget the days when I used to chat on BBM™ with the clicky keyboard of my Bold™. Oh well... I've iMessage™ now, for the better or worse. G'Day!

21. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3088; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Did you not read the article? It states in plain Queen’s English that BBM is still the top messaging app in Indonesia. Perhaps you also missed the part about BBMe being available to consumers.

29. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I read the article before posting. I'm aware that BBMe will remain in existence but I doubt many people would be willing to PAY for it, instead of migrating to other free & secure platform such as Telegram or What'sApp. And there's always iMessage. So... Good luck with that! Besides, BBMe won't work with BBM ID, little something to keep in mind! G'Day!

33. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3088; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

"There's always iMessage". I wasn't aware that Apple made iMessage cross-platform.

23. BigVanVader

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

A sad day, to be sure

24. xq10xa

Posts: 803; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Rip. Dying a slow death.....well it was good while it lasted

41. D.Aceveda

Posts: 430; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Welcome. I never pass up an opportunity to gloat and say "told ya so" ;)

75. RH234

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 21, 2013

I used BBM in the first year then SPAM Ads started appearing every week then every day. It got so frustrating deleting the SPAM messages I uninstalled the App.

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