BlackBerry Messenger Coming to iOS This Summer

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    BlackBerry has announced that it will bring its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) platform to iOS this summer. BBM was one of the first proprietary mobile messaging services -- not unlike Apple's iMessage service -- and remains hugely popular.

    The company reports that BBM has 60 million monthly active users and that BBM users send 10 billion messages per day. In January, Apple claimed iMessage users were sending 2 billion messages per day.

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    Moreover, there are a number of popular so-called 'over-the-top' messaging services including WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger -- both of which move billions of messages a day.
    It was rumored back in 2011 that BlackBerry was planning to port BBM to iOS.

    BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android is expected to be released this summer.

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    Where are the BlackBerry experts to tell us that our phones don't have BBM now? :rolleyes:

    Is there any real reason to buy a BlackBerry anymore, if there even was one before?
     
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    For me Message does everything I need, if I had a friend who used BBM (I don't) I would just send them plain text messages
     
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    Now you can connect with the other three people that still use a BlackBerry.
     
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    Well, to be honest. This will stop people from buying Blackberries. Why does Blackberry still exist?
     
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    Great, so even more yobs can communicate and plan a riot with ease.
     
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    Business.
     
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    Urk! Not exactly the move of a company filled with optimism about their hardware lineup!?!

    "Hey you know the USP for our Blackberry devices? Here it is for iPhone :("
     
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    When you start putting your software on other people's hardware, that means your own hardware business is pretty much gone.

    RIP Blackberry.
     
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    When is apple bringing iMessage and FaceTime to android?!
     
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    Their statistics just do not jibe with their market share.
     
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    ok- to everyone who thinks it is a bad idea for Blackberry to do this:

    think again.

    Before:

    "No, I'll rather get the iphone, so I can communicate with my friends who have iPhones"

    Now:

    "Cool, blackberry let's me communicate with a service that I love with all my friends who have iPhones"

    ;)
     
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    When hell freezes over?

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    I doubt Apple would port software to another platform unless it's tied heavily with hardware, or their revenue stream. Like iTunes.
     
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    when Nokia outsells apple
     
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    How does this help BB? Using BBM on an iOS device isn't going to get people to move to a BB device.
     
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    This would have interested me a few years ago when some of my friends still had Blackberry's. now they all have iPhones and we all use iMessage.

    My friends used to use BBM as a reason why Blackberry's were better. Once iPhone got iMessage with read receipts they started moving over and now I don't know anybody who still owns a Blackberry.

    I don't think BBM is a selling point for Blackberry when so many alternatives exist now. I really don't see how this helps their company at all unless they are hopping BBM survives if their hardware business goes under.
     
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    It's worked out pretty well for Google, their profits and Android Marketshare were up YoY.
     
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    Wow really, either this really smart or really stupid.

    How it will help the sales of their hardware, and how can they receive income from this. Unless its a paid app.
     

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