BlackBerry Messenger for iOS Reportedly Set to Launch September 22 [Updated]

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    Popular messaging service BlackBerry Messenger is reportedly set to launch on iOS this Saturday, September 21, reports CrackBerry. 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.

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    A beta for BlackBerry Messenger on iOS was deployed last month, with an official user guide posted three weeks after the launch of the beta. Earlier this month, BlackBerry Social Media Manager Alex Kinsella stated that the app had been submitted for review and was pending approval from Apple before its official launch.

    Update: Blackberry has announced official release dates for its upcoming Messenger apps. BBM for iOS will launch at 12:01 AM local time on Sunday, September 22.



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    A year and a half late!
     
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    go RIP RIM
     
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    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.
     
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    I don't know anyone with a Blackberry anymore. This would have been nice 5 years ago.
     
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    Npt even out yet and the welcome interface looks old
     
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    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!

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    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.
     
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    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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    I need something to do while waiting for iOS7 to be released...
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    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)
     
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    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.
     
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    And, Blackberry introduce another reason not to buy a Blackberry. :confused:
     
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    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.
     
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    Although very late to the game, this is a welcomed app IMO. I see this as a viable replacement to whatsapp
     
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    Would have appreciated this 3 years in school, no longer needed/wanted.

    Thanks anyway RIM.
     

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