BlackBerry Bringing Messenger to iPhone

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BlackBerry will be extending its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch this summer, finally bringing its popular messaging service to Apple's mobile platform. When BBM for iOS ships it will mark the first time BlackBerry will have offered its messaging service outside of its own devices.

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The company said the iOS version of BBM will include multi-person chat support, voice note sharing, and BlackBerry Groups for sharing calendars, files and photos.

According to BlackBerry, BBM includes over 60 million active users every month sending over 10 billion messages a day, which fits with the company's claims that it has the most popular messaging service.

The company plans to release an Android version of BBM this summer, too, which will extend the service to both of the major players in the mobile OS game.

BlackBerry said its iOS and Android BBM apps will be free when they ship this summer.

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This is a smart move for BlackBerry that should've happened long ago.

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Is this not the death Knell for Blackberry?


If Blackberry/RIM had brought Mac support to their phones a decade ago when people were clamoring for it, the iPhone might not have ever even been made. But RIM staunchly refused to make any inroads with the Mac using community and gee, look where it got them…

You can’t say they’re last in the market place, but THEY’RE TRYING!!!!


It’s interesting that the TMO spin is “This is a smart move for BlackBerry that should’ve happened long ago” since whenever there’s a similar situation with an Apple service we Apple fans always say it would be bad, dilute the value of the product, lose control over the hardware, or whatever.

BB’s main bragging point is their messaging service. With this move, do they start ending their hardware business and become just a secure messaging business?

How do they continue to claim they have the most secure messaging service with iPhone and Android versions? What security features on the device ensure that the 3rd party OS and hardware don’t undermine their security model? 

How do they continue to compete against Apple’s iMessage, which also uses encryption that allows it to claim security? Does BB just have a much better reliability track record? Do they have better enterprise messaging features? I guess they do. Plus cross-platform compatibility which Apple does not have and quite possibly won’t ever have.  So will it be enough for RIM to survive as an enterprise communications service?

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