Windows Phone users get to sign up with BBM next week

Trying to make BBM a successful stand-alone messaging app, BlackBerry has opened it up for iOS and Android devices. Next week, Windows Phone users will have the opportunity to sign up, as well. To show how successful this strategy just might turn out to be, consider that when BlackBerry opened up 10,000 testing slots almost a couple of weeks ago for the Windows Phone beta of BBM, all of the slots were taken within 24 hours.

BlackBerry has made Windows Phone users of BBM feel right at home by using the Windows Phone UI. Keep in mind that not all of the features available to iOS and Android users of BBM will be supported by the Windows Phone version right off the bat. Features like BlackBerry Stickers, BBM Voice and BBM Channels will be added to the Windows Phone version of the app in the coming months.

While Matthew Talbot, BlackBerry's Senior Vice President for Emerging Solutions, gives a number of consumer friendly reasons why BlackBerry allowed BBM to become a cross platform solution, the real answer might have a lot to do with Facebook's huge offer for WhatsApp. The latter was valued by the social networking site at $42 a user. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to understand the additional value that would be placed on BBM if millions of iOS, Android and Windows Phone users were to sign up with BBM. This gives CEO John Chen the ability to consider selling or spinning off the messaging app if things get rough.

source: BlackBerry via WPCentral

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25 Comments

1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Almost everybody i know uses Whatsapp. This may be successful in Indonesia. I am gonna try it out anyway!

8. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Yes, I see a lot of Indonesian that already UPGRADE from bb to android use BBM for Android because lots of their friend have NOT UPGRADE YET. But interestingly, I see the trend were moving toward Line & WhatsApp. Teenager like Line because of the sticker, and grown up like WhatsApp more because of cleaner interface. I know 1 high school friend who REFUSE to use anything but BBM. But once 3 of his daughter move to android and use SMS (higher phone bill) because his father don't want to install whatsapp. He finally use change to WA on BB, and latter on, upgrade to android.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is great news for Windows Phone users, and a plus for BlackBerry's BBM! Welcome, WP users! The more the merrier!

3. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

I hope WP users give BBM a chance. Once they use it--and once BB offers all the same features available to us BB phone users--they will see how much better it is over the other messaging apps.

4. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

the problem is iphone and android version of bbm are not as good as bb version, looks like BB does not serious handle it or lack of knowledge to make it better :(

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry makes those versions according to how the owners of the respective OS's wants them. For instance, the WP version of BBM takes advantage of the WP UI.

6. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

The problem with BBM is they don't use phone number but use some awkward alphanumeric sequence, thus you might miss your friend that already use BBM. and you might not knowing if in the future your friend use BBM. The competitor (What's App, WeChat, Line, etc) use a simpler registration method (phone number), therefore, in the future, when you friend use it, it will automagically shown up in the list. This is the reason on why in the last 3 months 40 million user give BBM a try, but decide not to use it. (BBM have a 40 million download in the last 3 months, but the MONTHLY ACTIVE USER is still the same at 85 million).

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

WahyWacko, BlackBerry uses a pin # to ensure privacy. WhatsApp, Line and the others don't care about your privacy as they sell your information. BlackBerry also instituted an easier way for you to find your friends, family, etc on BBM. They will know who is requesting them. Even PA did an article on it about two weeks ago. You even commented on said article, and yet you still continue with your lies and propaganda despite the truth. This is why most people on PA do not take you seriously here on PA. Even when you are presented with FACTS, you still LIE. By the way, it's not "and you might not knowing if in the future your friends use BBM", it's "and you might not KNOW IF YOUR FRIENDS USE BBM IN THE FUTURE". You REALLY NEED to take a ESL course, and throw a GRAMMER and PUNCTUATION course in their as well. I'm growing weary of having to correct your posts every time you post something on PA. BobbyDigital is right, though. There is NO WAY you can possibly DENY being a troll with over 700 posts, and most are on BlackBerry articles talking negative about them over and over again.

5. swiekekodok

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 19, 2014

The best bbm ui until now,..WP UI is awesome (at least for my self)

24. BahrainBoy

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

I really hope that BBM runs smoothly on WP8 ......... I have been getting massive delays on my notifications from multiple applications and on multiple carriers on my NL1520 since switching to WP.. i hope that has been taken care off in WP8.1 if not the BBM will really suck do to its lack of speed.

25. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

So nice :)

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