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WSJ: BlackBerry's board considering spinning out BBM as a separate company

0. phoneArena posted on 27 Aug 2013, 11:31

Desperate times call for desperate measures, right? So how desperate is BlackBerry? Apparently, times are so tough right now that BlackBerry's board is considering spinning off BlackBerry Messenger as a separate company; this is according to some company insiders who spilled the beans to the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday...

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posted on 27 Aug 2013, 11:58 2

1. sriuslywtf (Posts: 297; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)

Its sad how a company like BBM "compete" with third party massaging apps. Considering they pioneered this type of messaging solution.. Anyhow, kudos BBM.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 12:27 3

2. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

its their own fault and arrogancy. WA is #1 because they make it available for almost every platform.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 13:35

6. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 904; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

Agreed, BB has been paying for their arrogance for years now. This would have been a great idea in 2005 but now might be too little too late.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 15:50 1

11. buccob (Posts: 2714; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

And while they "consider" and wait to see... they are one step closer to demise...

They dont realize that timing is essential in the tech world... and if you are late, you are DOA... (Playbook)

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 01:21

15. JunkCreek (Posts: 407; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

Nope. There are more on the net than just BBM. But for that time being, Internet data access was hardly developed and had a high price rate for mobile.

BBM and RIM BIS become solution because BBM offered competitive rate than any regular mobile Internet rate. Now, as the Internet rate plan has become achievable, now BBM must compete with another service.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 12:32

3. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

lol.. now this is definitely in RIP mode.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 12:36

4. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

Bb is definitely in a deep deep trouble, RIP

Who's the bb fan now? Wendy?

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 13:36

7. roldefol (Posts: 4364; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Are you kidding? "Wendy" only supports the current #1 in sales.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 13:29 2

5. lexingtonsteeley (Posts: 16; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)

Too little too late, this probably would have made sense 5 years ago when bbm was popular and had no competition however now, no one really cares about bbm anymore. BBM could have easily been what whatsapp is probably even better if they made the right moves.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 14:26 1

8. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

I agree with others here in saying it's probably a little late to be testing this idea out to be hugely beneficial.

Who knows maybe Samsung will buy it.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 14:33

9. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

BBM will never succeed. It's way too little too late. They should have blasted it everywhere when it was at it's height of popularity.

Now, anything associated with Blackberry screams "don't touch!". The public has a horrible opinion of the company and everything associated with it.

I surely wouldn't go through the work of recruiting my friends to join BBM only to have it all go under when blackberry dies.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 15:23

10. shamataa (Posts: 240; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

BB is so done. By the end of this year they will be gone. Alot like Apple. Same fate is destiny.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 18:40

12. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Now if bbm was multi platform say 2 years ago it would be king of the messaging world but that bow belongs to what's app and bb only have themeselves to blame.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 20:05

13. x78_nothing (Posts: 53; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)

do you guys have try new BBM+Channel on BB10? can you find nice features like: channel, "recent updates" or maybe screen share on other IMs? i have WA, Line, but BBM is still the best i think

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 01:17

14. JunkCreek (Posts: 407; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

They won't, until their next a10/z30 failed. If their next a10/z30 success, then blackberry messenger won't be on its nor android.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 05:03

16. jsdechavez (Posts: 758; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

I remember the Nokia E90 had Blackberry Connect back then.

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