PayPal retires the ability to send money via BBM, effective immediately

PayPal retires the ability to send money via BBM, effective immediately
PayPal made quite a few announcements in the past concerning the integration of its service into many popular chat apps like Messenger and Skype. One of the apps that allowed users to send money via PayPal was BBM (BlackBerry Messenger), but that's not the case any longer.

The option disappeared from the newest BBM beta builds without any explanation, so people thought it must be just a bug that BlackBerry would address it in the final version. Unfortunately, PayPal came forward with an official statement that sheds light on the matter.


If you're using BBM, you might have noticed that the latest version that's been released a few days ago is missing the ability to send money via PayPal. Well, this option will not make a comeback according to PayPal, as the company probably wants to focus its resources elsewhere.

source: via CrackBerry

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33 Comments

1. cncrim

Posts: 1585; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Paypal is on the front and on the head colliding with cryto, again this only speculation.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Never once used this feature to begin with, so it doesn’t affect me. I feel bad for those that relied on this, though.

6. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I never even know this feature exist. I do not know anyone that even use it or know of it. BlackBerry Android device can just use PayPal app to do this.

10. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Awesome to see that Blackberry Messenger is getting better, faster and productive now that PayPal is evolving... Woah, wait. What? "PayPal is always evolving our customer experiences to ensure we are delivering to you the best products and solutions. As a result of our research, we've decided to discontinue the ability to send money with PayPal using Blackberry Messenger (BBM), starting February 6, 2018." That's some food for thought... Not for me, but for people who like to clamour about BBM for some very 'odd' reasons. Childhood trauma to blame? Even Skype has monthly 300 million active users. How many does BBM have? Roughly 5 millions, give or take? No wonder PayPal is pulling the plug. So much for the so called 'old reliable' BBM. It might be a nice messenger, it might be secure (Which is something it's not) but whats the point if no one around you use it? Chen was too late to port BBM to other platforms. He decided to port it when he 'knew' that The BBX Ship is going to sink. Oh well, Maximum Effort!

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

“Even Skype has monthly 300 million active users. How many does BBM have? Roughly 5 millions, give or take?” BBM has over 60 Million monthly active users in Indonesia alone. Nice try, though.

16. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Fake News?

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, what you said about BBM’s monthly active users is fake news. Glad you’re admitting it.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

And my bad, it’s over 70 Milton monthly active users in BBM: http://rapido.co.id/bbm/ I post links to back up what I say, not conjecture.

23. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Is funny how some people try to get your attention whenever you post a comment, MeanestGenius. Thank you for supplying link to back up what you say, and not just make troll comment that has no merit or that is trying to pick fights like some people here.

26. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Isn't that what you usually do, "minion?" Aren't you doing exactly what you are accusing someone else of doing?

24. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Wrong, it's 63M according to "very reliable" Statista (As per January 2018):https://www.statista.com/statistics/258749/most-popular-global-mobile-messenger-apps/ You know what, I almost feel like a teenage boy here. Arguing about things which don't matter or at least I don't care about! It's as pointless as arguing whose biceps are bigger? schwarzenegger's or Stallone's or perhaps whether its duck season or rabbit season! But... I quite enjoy it. And your emotional and spiritual attachment with everything Blackberry is priceless. It's like arguing with delusional Trump Fans! Quite entertaining provided you know how to keep your cool! Thanks for the moments, mate! And I absolutely love your alternate minion account! Keep MDCHO around for more... G'Day!

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO so I should believe the link that you post over mine, when you yourself first stated that BBM only had “roughly 5 Million users”, which was false? Btw, it’s “at LEAST” 63 Million monthly active users, which makes 70 Million not so unreliable. Lol, the only reason you say this now is because your own link that you supplied proved that you are lying and trolling at the same time. Thanks for proving me correct, btw. I do enjoy watching you get triggered over just about every BlackBerry article that gets posted. Watching you go into a trolling frenzy only to be proven wrong by me is quite enjoyable. And funny you should bring up “Trump fans”, considering you post “fake news” just like they do. Thanks for providing me with loads of laughs as usual, and keep on “green thumbing” your own comments with the alt account that you created to do exactly that, since no one else does. Seeya!

28. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

5M was just a... Figure of speech. Like how people say this car cost penuts when they see a Suzuki or a KIA on the road! In any case, I think we both can agree that BBM used to have almost 200M users around 2 years ago in 2015:https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlackBerry_Messenger Which has now shrunk to a minuscule 70M. Would you call it winning or loosing? The problem is, you see The BBM Glass as half full whereas I see it as half empty. Ah! And here we are, little one... A youngster, a self proclaimed genius is bested AGAIN by an old fart! Sad! G'Day!

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO 5M was a lie, and you said it to troll. Now you’re backtracking because your own link that you provided proved that you were lying and trolling. I believe you’re confusing MONTHLY ACTIVE USERS to INSTALLED USER BASE. I can understand someone like you making that mistake, though. You seem prone to doing so. That half full, half empty stuff is a bunch BS that you’re spewing. You’re trolling BlackBerry, like you always do. I really do hate laying the verbal smack down on the elderly. I don’t want anyone to accuse me of abuse, but you clearly like it, or else you wouldn’t keep coming here trolling. What’s sad is that someone of your age spends his precious time trolling for attention, instead of focusing on more important things. But at least you got the old fart part right, lol. This “self proclaimed genius” Now declares class dismissed. I’ve schooled you enough for one day.

32. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

"I believe you’re confusing MONTHLY ACTIVE USERS to INSTALLED USER BASE". I doubt it:https://www.statista.com/statistics/293986/number-of-bbm-users/ That half full, half empty stuff is a bunch BS that you’re spewing. Really?! Philosophy is now BS because it collides with your perspective? Seems like 2015 statistics got to you. Ha! I really do hate laying the verbal smack down on the elderly... Blah, Blah, Blah... Rant goes on... That goes on to tell your lowly, rock bottom character! I never verbally abuse someone here, even though I can because everything is anonymous here. I’ve schooled you enough for one day. Your ultimate deflections i.e verbal abuses are pretty telling about who was schooled by who today! Listen, when someone revert to abuses; it means he wants to deliberately enrage the opposition and intend to divert his attention towards something personal! But I'm too old to fall for that trap! Oh well... Be wise, Sonny. You don't become wise just by calling yourself wise...

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

I don’t doubt it. You’re definitely confusing the two. But confusion is something that you’re known for here. Except that there is nothing philosophical about your trolling. Seems like that confusion you suffer from is worse than I thought, lol. LMAO! Not only are you confused, but you have selective memory. I remember when you have verbally assaulted me, but of course, you’d conveniently “forget” that in order to push your false narrative. Seriously? We both know that what I’m saying to you can hardly be classified as abuse. I did lay the verbal smack down, but there was no abuse there. Just a soft tap on the wrist. Listen, when someone spends there twilight years trolling certain OEM’s on a tech blog, it’s obvious that there is a deeper need here. You do this in order to illicit a response becaue you need the attention. It’s called being lonely, and that can lead to the wacky behavior that you often display. I’m actually doing you a favor by responding to you. You should be much wiser than me, considering the years you have on me, but that’s obviously not the case. You’ve proven that age does not equal wisdom. That was a word from the wise to the far-from-wise.

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

PayPal is evolving alright. So much so that eBay is introducing a new payment system. I've been using BBM for years and I wasn't aware of this feature so I'm not missing out on anything. Besides, I use Zelle if I want to transfer money. I wouldn't dream of using a messaging app to send money or let them have access to my financial information. Might as well put my driver license, social security and date of birth as a signature whenever I send an IM.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

IKR? eBay kicked them to the curb, and most BBM users I know had no idea this feature was even available, lol.

19. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

No need to be crabby about it. PayPal is still used in many places. It does have its advantages.

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