Voice and video calling coming to BBM for iOS and BBM for Android within months

Voice and video calling coming to BBM for iOS and BBM for Android within months
Even though over 10 million people have downloaded BBM for iOS and BBM for Android, we told you that a further update would be necessary for the voice and video calling features of the service to work. On Sunday, Andrew Bocking said that those with BBM for iOS and BBM for Android will be able to make voice and video calls within months. And Bocking should know, considering that he is Executive VP of BBM for BlackBerry.

While Bocking says that BBM will always be free, the Canadian OEM wants to monetize the app. One way will be with BBM Channels. Appearing Sunday on CBC’s The Morning Edition, Bocking said that this will be the way for BlackBerry to make money off of BBM. Calling Channels a "social engagement platform within BBM," the executive says that it spreads the "BBM experience to brands, artists, businesses and communities, you will now be able to connect with individuals and groups in real time."

CBC says that BBM Channels will launch soon, although the service might remain in beta for some time. Speaking of BBM, Bocking says that "We continue to plan to evolve the service and keep making it more engaging and have more reasons why people will come back to use the service." With BlackBerry looking to monetize Channels as a way to profit from BBM, we could be looking at a new BlackBerry, more software oriented with a focus away from handsets.

source: BlackBerry, @andreabellmare via MobileSyrup



1. HASHTAG unregistered

Let's make that about a year.

2. fuzzkage

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 29, 2012

Lol who uses bbm anymore ?? Jk

7. Coolhead

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Is your question for real or your just kidding? Close to 100 million people that's who.

11. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

By the JK at the end, he is trying to make a snide remark.

9. taikucing unregistered

of course they are the people who have friends & socialize.

3. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

It would be nice to have BBM on Windows Phone...

4. orca99

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

That's the price you've to pay for choosing an ecosystem with a 3% market share. Have to wait in line for the developers to service Android/iOs first.

5. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Keep dreaming.

8. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Have a nice dream... :P

14. siraj989

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 27, 2013

actually bbm for windowsphone8 is coming

6. jsdechavez

Posts: 809; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Yeah right, probably VOICE and VIDEO over wifi only.

10. kg4icg

Posts: 83; Member since: May 18, 2008

Blackberry has said bbm for win phone 8 is in the works.

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I don't get the delays, only makes other IM apps harder to challenge. This will keep them mediocre as usual. My hang outs update will be here within a week, and that's going to hit 80% roughly of smartphone users. BBM, thanks for coming out.

13. siraj989

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 27, 2013

Why would anyone want to use BBM we got plenty of social app whatsaap viber skype nimbuzz line and many more.

15. Armor

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Because BBM uses pins and not your phone number (so you don't have to disclose your phone number), thus making it much more secure and the app is super smooth. BBM was the first messaging app and is still the best.

16. siraj989

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 27, 2013

The worst thing about is that you can't see if the person is online or offline

17. matt69

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

BBM just removed the ability to send a PICTURE to group messages.... I have ZERO faith they will have video calling HAHAHAAHAHA. LAME LAME LAME. I actually was rooting for BBM until the most recent update when instead of fixing BBM crashing when sending a PIC to a group message they just REMOVED the feature! Are you kidding me?!

18. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

So, in a matter of months, I will be able to do on BBM what I have already been able to do on GTalk/Hangouts for years.

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