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Old Jun 6, 2013, 10:29 AM   #1
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BlackBerry Messenger Reportedly Coming to iOS June 27 [Updated]




Last month, BlackBerry announced that it would be bringing its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service to iOS and Android this summer, seeking to strengthen its existing network of 60 million monthly active users with a broader cross-platform messaging solution.

SlashGear now points to a Tweet from T-Mobile UK claiming that BBM will be launching on iOS and Android on June 27.
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Great news - BlackBerry Messenger will be available to download on iOS and Android from June 27th! #BBM
In an interview with CNET yesterday, BlackBerry Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear also revealed that the company is in talks with other handset makers to offer BBM preloaded on their devices. Apple obviously would not agree to such a deal, but it seems that certain Android handsets may soon come with built-in support for the service.
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BlackBerry is working with other handset manufacturers to get its BlackBerry Messenger service preloaded on to their phones, according to a top executive.

"There is interest from other handset makers," BlackBerry Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear told CNET in an interview on Wednesday.
BBM's expansion comes as Apple has gained traction with its Apple-centric iMessage service and other cross-platform services such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger have accumulated significant user bases of their own. BlackBerry has clearly decided that the potential benefits of opening up BBM to more users outweigh the risks of BlackBerry device customers defecting to other platforms, but it remains to be seen whether the smartphone pioneer can help stabilize itself with such a move alongside its new BlackBerry 10 operating system.

Update 8:46 AM: Business Insider reports that the June 27 date is incorrect, with a source calling the claim "bogus".

Update 11:25 AM: BlackBerry has confirmed to Mashable that the June 27 date tweeted by T-Mobile UK is incorrect.

Article Link: BlackBerry Messenger Reportedly Coming to iOS June 27 [Updated]
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Old Jun 6, 2013, 10:30 AM   #2
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Old Jun 6, 2013, 10:31 AM   #3
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Not sure why this matters..
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Old Jun 6, 2013, 10:32 AM   #4
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Too little too late.
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4 years too late.
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Old Jun 6, 2013, 10:33 AM   #6
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Never really used it even when I had a blackberry.
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Old Jun 6, 2013, 10:33 AM   #7
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I wanted BBM really badly....in 2007.
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Old Jun 6, 2013, 10:36 AM   #8
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Thank god y'all.

Thank god for BlackBerry Messenger.
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Old Jun 6, 2013, 10:37 AM   #9
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Completely obsolete. I don't know why they've even bothered.
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Keep it in the app store for those that want it. I for one won't be using it.
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Not sure why this matters..
because it is 10x more reliable than iMessage, it actually works
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Old Jun 6, 2013, 10:38 AM   #12
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everybody I know who had a blackberry now has an iPhone.

the ones that still do use whatsapp.

way too late
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Old Jun 6, 2013, 10:38 AM   #14
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Ummm Why....

Whatsapp has got it covered.
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because it is 10x more reliable than iMessage, it actually works
iMessage works fine.
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Not sure why this matters..
Its a big deal for both Apple, Blackberry and anybody who uses the service or wants to use it from an iPhone (a lot of people). As the article says, more than 60 million communicate through their messaging system.
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iMessage works fine.
Half the time I send an iMessage, it ends up being sent as a text. It's hardly reliable.
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Old Jun 6, 2013, 10:40 AM   #18
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Happy with iMessage, and Whatsapp, and Hangouts.

iMessage has been rock solid for me and my buddies (a chunk of whom switched from Blackberries). Regardless of attachments sent. Being able to reply to messages from my computer is also a massive bonus.

BBM needed to be out before iMessage launched. You snooze you lose.
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because it is 10x more reliable than iMessage, it actually works
It's easy to be reliable when you only have 25 devices using it.
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BBM is a highly reliable, highly secure, fully featured messaging system. I agree that they should have done this sooner but the fact remains we will soon have access to another excellent option for messaging.

I'll be downloading it.
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meh ... but apple needs to bring iMessage to android. im so annoyed having to reply via whatsapp all the time while im on my mac
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It's easy to be reliable when you only have 25 devices using it.
Try 60 million, still one of the most popular platforms internationally.
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According to whom?
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I have no one I would speak too on BBM

I would allow no one with a BB to BBM me

I dont speak Neanderthal, this is 2013!
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