BlackBerry Messenger Reportedly Coming to iOS June 27 [Updated]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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.
    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]
  2. Mums Suspended


    Oct 4, 2011
  3. Sangdushi macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2011
  4. Smartass macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2012
  5. rellimie macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2010
    Never really used it even when I had a blackberry.
  6. likemyorbs macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2008
  7. Jack Delgado macrumors member

    May 11, 2012
    Thank god y'all.

    Thank god for BlackBerry Messenger.
  8. uttamo macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2011
    Completely obsolete. I don't know why they've even bothered.
  9. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    Keep it in the app store for those that want it. I for one won't be using it.
  10. Tiger8 macrumors 68020

    May 23, 2011
    because it is 10x more reliable than iMessage, it actually works
  11. Homeslice macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2009
    everybody I know who had a blackberry now has an iPhone.

    the ones that still do use whatsapp.

    way too late
  12. stephen85 macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2012
  13. TC03 macrumors 65816

    Aug 17, 2008
    iMessage works fine.
  14. RolyPolyBird macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2010
    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.
  15. rwilliams macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Durham, NC
    Half the time I send an iMessage, it ends up being sent as a text. It's hardly reliable.
  16. daneoni, Jun 6, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2013

    daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    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.
  17. codyc815 macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2009
    It's easy to be reliable when you only have 25 devices using it.
  18. Zunjine macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2009
    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.
  19. pnoyblazed macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2008
    Bay Area
  20. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    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
  21. Tiger8 macrumors 68020

    May 23, 2011
    Try 60 million, still one of the most popular platforms internationally.
  22. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    According to whom? :confused:
  23. Alumeenium macrumors regular

    May 15, 2013
    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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