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MacRumors
Sep 18, 2013, 09:32 AM
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Popular messaging service BlackBerry Messenger (http://us.blackberry.com/bbm.html) is reportedly set to launch on iOS this Saturday, September 21, reports CrackBerry (http://crackberry.com/bbm-android-and-ios-gets-another-release-date). Specifically, an event for the service's upcoming launch on Apple's iOS and Google's Android platform is apparently set to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 20, with the service's iOS app to appear in the App Store a day later at 12:01 AM in local time zones. BBM, which functions similarly to Apple's iMessage, was one of the first proprietary mobile messaging services and remains popular to this day with more than 60 million active monthly users.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/09/bbm_ios_android-800x600.jpgWe've received quite a few emails that do suggest the date is correct and here's how it's all going to go down by order of launch timing:

Friday, Sept 20th, 7am EST: Android version published on Google Play
Friday, Sept 20th, 7am EST: BBM.com goes live
Friday, Sept 20th, 7am EST: CRM messages sent out to pre-registrants
Friday, Sept 20th, 7am EST: Follow-up CRM message sent out after full App Store deployment
Saturday, Sept 21st: BBM on iOS becomes available 12:01am EST in local time zones. A beta for BlackBerry Messenger on iOS was deployed (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/01/blackberry-messenger-beta-starts-rolling-out-for-ios-and-android-devices/) last month, with an official user guide posted (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/22/blackberry-messenger-user-guides-posted-ios-launch-coming-soon/) three weeks after the launch of the beta. Earlier this month, BlackBerry Social Media Manager Alex Kinsella stated (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/06/blackberry-messenger-for-ios-likely-coming-soon-app-submitted-two-weeks-ago/) that the app had been submitted for review and was pending approval from Apple before its official launch.

Update: Blackberry has announced (http://blogs.blackberry.com/2013/09/bbm-for-android-iphone/) official release dates for its upcoming Messenger apps. BBM for iOS will launch at 12:01 AM local time on Sunday, September 22.



Article Link: BlackBerry Messenger for iOS Reportedly Set to Launch September 22 [Updated] (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/18/blackberry-messenger-for-ios-reportedly-set-to-launch-this-saturday-september-21/)



FelixAng
Sep 18, 2013, 09:39 AM
Blackberry late as usual

PracticalMac
Sep 18, 2013, 09:41 AM
Welcome to iOS, BlackBerry users!

Orlandoech.com
Sep 18, 2013, 09:42 AM
Go RIM? Lol.

osofast240sx
Sep 18, 2013, 09:43 AM
Blackberry late as usual

A year and a half late!

needfx
Sep 18, 2013, 09:44 AM
Go RIM? Lol.

go RIP RIM

cmChimera
Sep 18, 2013, 09:46 AM
World reportedly continues to not care.

maestrokev
Sep 18, 2013, 09:46 AM
Who's still using Blackberry? :eek:

Kilamite
Sep 18, 2013, 09:47 AM
Why would I want this, BlackBerry?

Lancetx
Sep 18, 2013, 09:50 AM
This is nice for those with friends still on Blackberry, but since I literally don't know anybody that still has one anymore, I'll just stick with iMessage.

MVallee
Sep 18, 2013, 09:52 AM
I don't know anyone with a Blackberry anymore. This would have been nice 5 years ago.

nefan65
Sep 18, 2013, 09:56 AM
OOOOOO Another RIM Job! :eek:

seble
Sep 18, 2013, 09:56 AM
Npt even out yet and the welcome interface looks old

furi0usbee
Sep 18, 2013, 09:58 AM
Nice. I hear the app is free, but the external keyboard connector, with special connector port will run you $49.95, $10.00 less if you buy directly from BB. I think physical keyboards are surely the future, and this release proves it!

Bryan

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Npt even out yet and the welcome interface looks old

Whoops, back to the drawing board for another 2 years working on that "flat look." They must not have got the message iOS 7 was almost here.

Oui
Sep 18, 2013, 09:59 AM
Does anyone really care anymore?

furi0usbee
Sep 18, 2013, 10:00 AM
This is nice for those with friends still on Blackberry, but since I literally don't know anybody that still has one anymore, I'll just stick with iMessage.

BBM - The best app to use when communicating with all those friends you have that used to have BB. Maybe the app is enough to get them back on BB?

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Does anyone really care anymore?

I need something to do while waiting for iOS7 to be released...

Nickerbocker
Sep 18, 2013, 10:00 AM
Great! I can finally communicate with all my friends who use BB devices if ever I were to invent a time machine and go back to 2007.

furi0usbee
Sep 18, 2013, 10:03 AM
On that welcome screen background gradient, looks like they are using 256 colors. I knew 1994 would come back in style again. I haven't seen 256 colors since my old Packard Bell.

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In between going to the bathroom and checking for iOS7, this is the most interesting thing I've done so far today; commenting on BBM.

To me, this looks more like a *BM* rather than a BBM though.

xero9
Sep 18, 2013, 10:03 AM
If it's free, I see this as a viable replacement for Whatsapp. I have friends and family who don't want to pay for Whatsapp.

That, and I'm using an old BB because I sold my iPhone 5 early :P

pgillett72
Sep 18, 2013, 10:03 AM
I think some people are missing the point of this...BBM is an awesome messenger app, IMO nicer than Kik or Whatsapp, and as such will be an awesome app that ppl on iPhone can use to chat with friends, regardless of platform. Don't get so bogged down in wishing death on RIM that you overlook a good, free, functional app. (that is of course taking for granted that it works well on release, fingers crossed in that regard)

furi0usbee
Sep 18, 2013, 10:07 AM
I think some people are missing the point of this...BBM is an awesome messenger app, IMO nicer than Kik or Whatsapp, and as such will be an awesome app that ppl on iPhone can use to chat with friends, regardless of platform. Don't get so bogged down in wishing death on RIM that you overlook a good, free, functional app. (that is of course taking for granted that it works well on release, fingers crossed in that regard)

That may be true, but I don't know if I want to switch to a new platform by a company who could go bust any minute.

AdeFowler
Sep 18, 2013, 10:10 AM
And, Blackberry introduce another reason not to buy a Blackberry. :confused:

Romy90210
Sep 18, 2013, 10:12 AM
I think some people are missing the point of this...BBM is an awesome messenger app, IMO nicer than Kik or Whatsapp, and as such will be an awesome app that ppl on iPhone can use to chat with friends, regardless of platform. Don't get so bogged down in wishing death on RIM that you overlook a good, free, functional app. (that is of course taking for granted that it works well on release, fingers crossed in that regard)


Exactly.. Not to mention that bbm still widely use in small market countries.. And now even more that msn/aim are dead.. I know in my country 8 out 10 use bbm.. Its just a great messenger app.

imaginex20
Sep 18, 2013, 10:15 AM
Although very late to the game, this is a welcomed app IMO. I see this as a viable replacement to whatsapp

WillFisher
Sep 18, 2013, 10:22 AM
Would have appreciated this 3 years in school, no longer needed/wanted.

Thanks anyway RIM.

Tankmaze
Sep 18, 2013, 10:25 AM
if this project for blackberry can be successful as the whatsapp or maybe compete with them then maybe blackberry might regain their popularity in messaging services.

which I think was their mission in the first place.

iRalph
Sep 18, 2013, 10:43 AM
I know here in the US texting and iMessage are probably the most common ways of chatting but in almost every other country in the world there's an app that everyone uses to chat. Until 2011 that was BBM, now it's What'sApp but they're going to start charging for a yearly subscription to use the service and people in third world counties will not want to pay yearly for What'sApp so they'll have to find a new app for chatting and that app may or may not be Blackberry Messenger.

Xenomorph
Sep 18, 2013, 10:49 AM
Sweet!

I just registered my BlackBerry® ID!

With my BlackBerry® ID, I can use BlackBerry® World™, BlackBerry® Messenger, BlackBerry® Protect™, BlackBerry® Link, and have access to all of the BlackBerry® apps on ALL of my BlackBerry® devices!

ALL OF THEM!

iRetired
Sep 18, 2013, 10:52 AM
I don't know anyone who has a BB any more. Yes, this would've been nice 4-5 years ago. And who's to say that it will still be supported by the new BB owners? Look what Microsoft quashed in the Nokia buyout.

furi0usbee
Sep 18, 2013, 11:00 AM
Sweet!

I just registered my BlackBerry® ID!

With my BlackBerry® ID, I can use BlackBerry® World™, BlackBerry® Messenger, BlackBerry® Protect™, BlackBerry® Link, and have access to all of the BlackBerry® apps on ALL of my BlackBerry® devices!

ALL OF THEM!


Oh, so YOU'RE the customer...

Xenomorph
Sep 18, 2013, 11:05 AM
Oh, so YOU'RE the customer...

Well, not really. "All" of my BlackBerry devices currently add up to zero.

I use to really want one, back around 2005-2006. My employer got us all a bunch of Windows Mobile 5 devices instead.

peteullo
Sep 18, 2013, 11:47 AM
This would have been a home run if launched in 2008/2009. I personally don't know of one person that has a Blackberry. In fact, I've heard people say, "what's a Blackberry?"

adildacoolset
Sep 18, 2013, 12:02 PM
There seems to be a lot of fud here, and doubt about the usefulness.

For people in developing countries (including yours truly), a lot of people use blackberries because of cheap prices, and the cheap blackberry unlimited plans. I should point out that they buy the old ones, you know, the crappy ones. I know a good amount of people who use it with this context.

It's really a matter of choice. Either you get cheap data rates but a horrible web browsing experience (I seriously don't know how people can be satisfied with those things), or a brilliant web browsing experience with horrible data rates $80/month for unlimited Internet that's almost unbearably slow.

rickvanr
Sep 18, 2013, 12:56 PM
I have one really close friend who's stuck in their contract with a blackberry. I'll get this, but when her contract is over I doubt I'll have a use for it

nazaar
Sep 18, 2013, 01:30 PM
really?!?

jca24
Sep 18, 2013, 02:51 PM
Great, now I can communicate with people that use BB, no wait, hmm, nobody uses BB anymore, so, nobody cares.

:apple:

olowott
Sep 18, 2013, 03:09 PM
awwwww

Lets make sure iOS gets it last:p

Yawn, we be playing with our news phones and ....... still wont notice

HeHeHaha123
Sep 18, 2013, 04:25 PM
go RIP RIM

its not even Rim any more they changed their name to blackberry.

if the did this when the app store came out then they might not be in such a bad place now

sat165
Sep 19, 2013, 11:00 AM
This is depressing to see

If they had done this back in the day just as whatsapp surfaced, they would have destroyed whatsapp and we would all have a little bbm logo on our home screens today instead of a green whatsapp one

they can never rival whatsapp even if a few people change - the majority of your contacts are still on whatsapp

and to the people saying some of my friends and family dont want to pay for whatsapp...69p.. really? get a grip, how did they afford the iphone in the first place then?

blackberry is so dead it makes me feel ill

adityashah1989
Sep 21, 2013, 07:25 AM
It is out in the New Zealand app store:

https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/bbm/id690046600

Michael Goff
Sep 21, 2013, 08:53 AM
It showed up in NZ for iOS before it showed up for Android apparently.

I can't find it.

fireedo
Sep 21, 2013, 10:20 AM
yes indonesian user can install from NZ app store too and finally BBM has landed to us :D

Irishman
Sep 21, 2013, 11:25 AM
Image (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/18/blackberry-messenger-for-ios-reportedly-set-to-launch-this-saturday-september-21/)


Popular messaging service BlackBerry Messenger (http://us.blackberry.com/bbm.html) is reportedly set to launch on iOS this Saturday, September 21, reports CrackBerry (http://crackberry.com/bbm-android-and-ios-gets-another-release-date). Specifically, an event for the service's upcoming launch on Apple's iOS and Google's Android platform is apparently set to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 20, with the service's iOS app to appear in the App Store a day later at 12:01 AM in local time zones. BBM, which functions similarly to Apple's iMessage, was one of the first proprietary mobile messaging services and remains popular to this day with more than 60 million active monthly users.

Image (http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/09/bbm_ios_android-800x600.jpg) A beta for BlackBerry Messenger on iOS was deployed (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/01/blackberry-messenger-beta-starts-rolling-out-for-ios-and-android-devices/) last month, with an official user guide posted (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/22/blackberry-messenger-user-guides-posted-ios-launch-coming-soon/) three weeks after the launch of the beta. Earlier this month, BlackBerry Social Media Manager Alex Kinsella stated (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/06/blackberry-messenger-for-ios-likely-coming-soon-app-submitted-two-weeks-ago/) that the app had been submitted for review and was pending approval from Apple before its official launch.

Update: Blackberry has announced (http://blogs.blackberry.com/2013/09/bbm-for-android-iphone/) official release dates for its upcoming Messenger apps. BBM for iOS will launch at 12:01 AM local time on Sunday, September 22.



Article Link: BlackBerry Messenger for iOS Reportedly Set to Launch September 22 [Updated] (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/18/blackberry-messenger-for-ios-reportedly-set-to-launch-this-saturday-september-21/)

Too little, too late.

aquadisiac
Sep 21, 2013, 06:20 PM
World reportedly continues to not care.
actually the world does. the US doesnt but many other countries across the world still use blackberries.

I know here in the US texting and iMessage are probably the most common ways of chatting but in almost every other country in the world there's an app that everyone uses to chat. Until 2011 that was BBM, now it's What'sApp but they're going to start charging for a yearly subscription to use the service and people in third world counties will not want to pay yearly for What'sApp so they'll have to find a new app for chatting and that app may or may not be Blackberry Messenger.
exactly.

i have friends internationally and im so excited to be able to chat with them
:D

paulcdb
Sep 21, 2013, 07:09 PM
Sounds like things aren't going smoothly for the rollout, looks like the servers can't handle things, lol :rolleyes:

Belmont31R
Sep 21, 2013, 09:44 PM
Verge just released an article saying roll out has been halted with no time frame

NIght Raven
Sep 22, 2013, 08:43 AM
I got BBM from India App store yesterday midnight 12:01 am , Blackberry said those who have already downloaded the BBM for iOS can continue using them ...

Full story for the rollout halt is as follows :

http://blogs.blackberry.com/2013/09/bbm-for-android-iphone-launch-update/?CPID=SOC_C_WW_TW1379807723


Prior to launching BBM for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online. The interest and enthusiasm we have seen already – more than 1.1 million active users in the first 8 hours without even launching the official Android app – is incredible. Consequently, this unreleased version caused issues, which we have attempted to address throughout the day.

Our teams continue to work around the clock to bring BBM to Android and iPhone, but only when it’s ready and we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM. We are pausing the global roll-out of BBM for Android and iPhone. Customers who have already downloaded BBM for iPhone will be able to continue to use BBM. The unreleased Android app will be disabled, and customers who downloaded it should visit www.BBM.com to register for updates on official BBM for Android availability.

As soon as we are able, we will begin a staggered country roll-out of BBM for Android and continue the roll-out of BBM for iPhone. Please follow @BBM on Twitter for the latest updates and go to www.BBM.com to sign-up for updates about BBM for Android and iPhone. These issues have not impacted BBM service for BlackBerry.

Michael Goff
Sep 22, 2013, 11:18 AM
I thought nobody wanted this.

If that were the case, it wouldn't have been downloaded an estimated 1.1 million times for android before it was even officially out in the store.

:D

jakesaunders27
Sep 22, 2013, 11:51 AM
Shame it got authorised, i thought it would be really funny as blackberry are building up to this, Apple just refused it from App Store! But they haven't :(

markiv810
Sep 22, 2013, 11:57 AM
Apparently BBM was leaked before the official release, also that Blackberry fired 4500 of their employees. Those two event may or may not be related though. http://www.tuaw.com/2013/09/22/blackberry-bbm-messenger-for-ios-released-then-pulled/

aquadisiac
Sep 22, 2013, 12:19 PM
Verge just released an article saying roll out has been halted with no time frame

sucks :confused:

furi0usbee
Sep 24, 2013, 07:07 AM
That may be true, but I don't know if I want to switch to a new platform by a company who could go bust any minute.

Prophet?