iPhone BBM Type App

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  1. johndallas999 macrumors 6502a

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    With a huge number of IP users out there do u think apple will ever include a free instant messenger app similar to BBM?
     
  2. shandyman Suspended

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    they don't need to, there's already a bunch of instant messenger apps out there already, that run using existing IM services, why have yet another seperate type? its madness. ebuddy is great as its free, using yahoo/msn/aim/facebook/icq all in one thing. much better than some exclusive thing just for iphone or just for BBM
     
  3. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    The biggest issue I have with those other I'm programs is they tie in to the verson on the pc. Iming on a phone vs a computer is very different and they do not always mix in the type of messages sent. Plus the off line message and what not just never work as well. BBM us handy because you know if it been read or not.
     
  4. shandyman Suspended

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    i have no problems with offline messaging on ebuddy. dunno what you mean about mix in the type of messages sent.... to be honest, not had any issue whatsoever in it and its just so much easier cos i don't need to add yet more different addresses, me and my mates all use ebuddy so i can im them anytime whether on pc or phone and vice versa.
     
  5. shandyman Suspended

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    just bought that recently, am loving it, ebuddy is good for a freebie, but this is great :)
     
  6. SPX macrumors member

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    I purchased "whatsapp" from the App Store for 99 cents. It is quite similar to BBM, and works with the iPhone, and the Blackberry.
     
  7. nunes013 macrumors 65816

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    i believe an ichat app will come soon so iphone and the new idevices will be able to video chat with computers
     
  8. iMrNiceGuy0023 macrumors 68000

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    pMessenger works great for me, and u can message Andriod and Blackberry users also
     
  9. shandyman Suspended

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    With ebuddy and beejive I can chat to iOs users, blackberry users, android users, symbian users, Mac users, pc users and xbox users.... :p
     
  10. 3lionsbecks Suspended

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    BBM is the best.

    Its probably the easiest way to communicate with friends and family. since pretty much all my friends and family have a BB.

    If iPhone could communicate directly with BBM i'd be all over it but it can't so its BlackBerry for me all the way.
     
  11. shandyman Suspended

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    My blackberry friends use trillian, so they can use msn/yahoo/icq to talk to me on ebuddy/beehive, simples, no need for bbm
     
  12. maturola macrumors 68040

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    I actually think that iChat will come to the iPhone at the same tim that FaceTime will come to iChat OS X.
     
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    Ha ha yeaaaahh....I gotta admit I have no idea what Trillian is. Most of my friends who have BBs get them through work (for free) but they are restricted and cannot download Apps onto them.

    I don't know too many people with iPhones (a few teenagers and just met a friend of my wife's last week who had one) but most people around here use BB. Of course, I happen to live in the same city as RIM head office and where the company was started so I know a bunch of people who work for them and such.....
     
  14. marold280 macrumors 6502

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    whatsapp messenger is the way forward for the most similar like bbm-ness.

    its really easy it works with your phone numbers so it actually collects the people that already have whatsapp and puts them in a special "favourites" tab.

    Plus you can send pictures, video, where you are and other stuff.

    loads of people have it
     
  15. magrat22 macrumors 6502

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    Wow just downloaded it...where has this been hiding. It is BBM for the iPhone!! The PIN even looks like a BBM pin..so cool. Love the UI, super quick and it tells you when it's delivered and received, same as BBM. Being able to customize my background and use emoticons, no other phone to phone chat has that so yay for pMessenger.
     
  16. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68000

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    BBM is a proprietary chat protocol that only works between Blackberry devices. It is tied to each Blackberry's unique PIN. I loved it when I had a Blackberry and wanted to communicate with my other friends and coworkers with Blackberries. There are some nice aspects to BBM:

    • No login required
    • PING function that causes the receiving Blackberry to ring AND vibrate to get someone's attention
    • Delivery confirmations
    • BBM will resume sending a message when in a low signal area, unlike SMS which will just fail
    • You won't be bombarded by messages from your AIM/Yahoo/MSN buddies
    The only negative I can see to BBM is that it only works with Blackberries. To message anyone else would require SMS or an AIM/MSN/Yahoo type instant messaging application. For an office where everyone is on Blackberry, the BBM is an excellent closed solution. If you need to chat with largely non-berry users, BBM is pretty much useless.
     
  17. SilentLoner macrumors 65816

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    I agree whatsapp is the business when it comes to messenging, just wish you could add folks via their PIN but that along with beejive I am sorted :D
     
  18. max-power macrumors member

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    you can, its called their phone number ;)
     
  19. shandyman Suspended

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    everyone i know that has a closed off blackberry for work has a seperate phone for personal use due to not being allowed to use it for personal reasons, they have either another blackberry, an iphone or an android one, and we all use multi-protocol apps so we can just use msn/aim/yahoo/icq to chat as its just simpler. we can send pics and that too. i know that ebuddy and beejive have audio and vibration notifications via push so best of all worlds :) and no crappy closed off system like BBM to get in the way.... and the people that choose to have blackberries are in the minority out of all my friends anyway.
     
  20. SilentLoner macrumors 65816

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    Yeah but people put their bb pin on their sigs, not their phone numbers :p
     
  21. Minimoose 360 macrumors 65816

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    I love how RIM is trying to push BBM as some revolutionary thing...it's a damn simple chat service. Everyone I know has unlimited texting, so what's the point of BBM?

    They boast on the new commercials how you "can even send pictures and video!".....wow cool.

    There are so many chat apps and services out there that I don't think the iPhone needs something like an iChat.
     
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    Remember that this isn't a bash BB thread!

    BBM is very very different than text messaging so it isn't really fair to say that if you have texting it completely replaces BBM....BBm has so much more to it.

    And again, its totally a personal choice. If you don't know anyone with BBM then it wouldn't be a very good feature for you.

    But if everyone you know has it, the it is awesome.
     
  23. KameronBriggs macrumors 6502

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    Wasn't that what Game Center was on beta 4.0???
     
  24. UCLAKoolman macrumors 6502a

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    I think pingchat2 is better
     

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