BlackBerry Announces BBM For iPhone, Android

September 19, 2013

The feature has been requested by Bermudians and people around the world for years now, and BlackBerry has finally announced that it will make its popular BlackBerry Messaging [BBM] service available for users of other devices, allowing you to connect with your friends and colleagues no matter which mobile platform they use.

That’s right BBM fans — the iconic mobile social network will begin rolling out for Android and iPhone customers around the world from September 21. Soon, you’ll be able to easily connect with friends on different platforms. As you may know BBM was previously exclusive to BlackBerry smartphones, and it will be available as a free download in Google Play and the App Store.

While some of you are no strangers to BBM, many will be new and might be asking: What is BBM? Below, you’ll find all the highlights for BBM for Android and iPhone.


BBM for Android and iPhone Features promo text:

  • BBM Chat – Enjoy real, immediate conversations with friends on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones. Not only does BBM let you know that your message has been delivered and read, it also shows you that your friend is responding to the message.
  • More than chat – With BBM you can share files on your phone such as photos and voice notes, all in an instant.
  • Keep your group in the loop – Multi-person chats are a great way to invite contacts to chat together. BBM Groups lets you invite up to 30 friends to chat together, and go a step further than multi-chat by sharing photos and schedules. And, with Broadcast Message, you can send a message out to all your BBM contacts at once.
  • Post Updates and stay in the know – BBM lets you post a personal message, profile picture and your current status, and lets your contacts know instantly in Updates.
  • Your unique PIN – Every BBM user has a unique PIN that maintains your privacy, so you don’t have to give out your phone number or email address to a new or casual contact.

BBM will be available as a free download for Android smartphones running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean [Android 4.x] beginning at 7AM EDT on September 21. BBM for iPhones running iOS 6 and iOS 7 will become available for each market on the App Store schedule of 12:01 AM local time on September 22. For more information, or to download BBM for Android or iPhone, visit

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  1. Chris Famous says:


  2. Antione Dodson says:

    About Damned Time!

  3. Seriously??? says:

    Hey BB, I guess you felt left out huh!!?? Fools…..smh

  4. markus says:

    Trading my BBM in for whatsapp a long time ago. Don’t see any reason to go back

    • Back-in-the-day-girl says:

      I agree with you markus. Whatsapp does the same things as BBM.

      • Antione Dodson says:

        No chance. Whatsapp is not the same.

        Nothing like knowing for sure your message is delivered AND when it is read.

        • Wasn't me! says:

          Except you can read messages without actually opening them rendering that useless…

          • Seriously.... says:

            Well if you are Shady, and don’t want people to know you read the message, then yes, Whatsapp is the way to go!

          • kno det says:

            how u do det?!

  5. My Kind says:

    Whatsapp is the way to go.

    • yesman says:

      Anyone who adds your cell phone number can see your status and your picture and the last time you were active. Hmm not very secure.

      I’d like to know who can see my profile.

      • Seriously.... says:

        EXACTLY! All you need is a phone number and you can see anything about that person… Not secure at all!

        • Come Correct says:

          “Well if you are Shady, and don’t want people to know you read the message, then yes, Whatsapp is the way to go!”

          “EXACTLY! All you need is a phone number and you can see anything about that person… Not secure at all!”

          Forgive me if I’m wrong but I think you just contra-d!cked yourself. Also depending on your decide whatsapp shows when you have read a message, it also shows the last time you were on the app, which means if I sent my message at 6:32 and you were last seen at 6:33 you’re a c***jugglingthunderc*** for assuming I’m a retard. If you don’t want people in your business get rid of any form of social media and buy a Nokia brick.

        • Come Correct says:

          decide = device

          also I have tested the whatsapp read message between different devices. BB automatically shows 2 ticks, other devices don’t, until it’s read.

  6. smith says:

    BBM between BB’s is free. Will the iOS and Android versions incur data charges since its between non-BB and a BB?

    • Shawn says:

      No it will be free, I was told by a Blackberry Rep. At a Conference, But don’t be to surprise if IOS Charge cause that’s the way Apple is.

  7. Shooks says:

    Why is this necessary??? If you have a BB then you’ll have BBM but if you don’t have a BB obviously you didn’t mind going without it. Just useless smh

    • Wasn't me! says:

      Because it gives BB (a nearly extinct company) a chance at existence. You do realize Blackberry and their phones are soon to be a thing of the past, right?

  8. Ride says:

    I think this has come too late. WhatsApp already has cross-platform dominance. What is the incentive for iPhone and Android users to download and install BBM?

    Well, there is the pin instead of phone number thing. But if people were worried about that then WhatsApp would not have proceeded to its current market share. Its just too late for this, in my opinion.


  9. Excited!!!!!!!!!!! says:

    I am overly excited!!!! I have an iphone 5 n have whats app but ive bin dying to have BBM!! for those of you who say whats app is better??? NO chance!!!!! Cant wait!!!!!!!!

  10. Chez says:


  11. Computer Guy says:

    There’s definitely a huge demand for it. Will this put BlackBerry on the map? yes…will this make people want to buy more BlackBerry 10 devices…probably not.

  12. drunken ursula says:

    hell with all these new phones I still use a flip top…best phone ever

  13. Inside Track says:

    BBM will become a seperate company that will offer more platforms than what’s app. BB phones are doomed but BBM will likely survive.

  14. Confused..... says:

    BBM is not free. it cost less. 0.004 cents as opposed to 0.20 cent texts. WIFI on the other hand is free.

  15. Laine says:

    I like the privacy of bbm. I prefer to invite people. Anyone can connect through whatsapp. Number one complaint. Not being shady but I don’t like when some people see that you are on whatsapp and read a message and then give you a hard time because you have not replied. Unfortunately , I can’t download the app that lets you hide online status.

  16. Boss Lady says:

    FINALLY!!! I hate giving everyone my number…. And when you delete someone, they are really gone!!! Not still keeping your number and profile on their phone watching your every move.

  17. KrownedEmp says:

    While BBM will be free Whatsapp will be soon charging people for using their service(s). They’ve been sending broadcast messages out saying that theres going to be a $0.99 charge. Im sure people would like the free app