Are you a Blackberry user? Do you use BBM (Blackberry Messenger) to chat to all your friends who have Blackberries? Are you frustrated with your friends who don’t have access to BBM because they have Android or Apple smartphones? Well today I have great news for you: BBM is coming to Android and Apple iOS phones sooner than you think!
There are more than 1 billion Blackberry phones in the global mobile phone market and it’s about time that BBM becomes available for other mobile phone operating systems. This announcement has been met with much excitement from Blackberry, Android and Apple iOS smartphone users alike.
No more telling your friends to install Whatsapp on their Blackberry’s if you’re an Android or Apple iPhone user and no more feeling awkward or bummed when asking someone for their BBM pin if you’re a Blackberry user. This is a win-win situation for all parties involved. The only party losing out are the Windows Phone users. Blackberry should really consider making an app for that platform. For now, let’s just hope that that the iOS and Android versions of BBM live up to expectations.
Blackberry has been dominating the South African smart phone market over the last few years. This is mostly because of fairly priced BIS (or Blackberry Internet Service) packages that are synonymous with Blackberry in South Africa. In June of 2012 a market study revealed that the Blackberry Curve 8520 (an entry level smartphone) had a 41% market share in South Africa.
Over the last year Blackberry’s popularity has been declining (due to restrictions that were imposed on unlimited BIS) but it’s still the top selling phone brand in the country. Statistics released in July 2013 pointed out that there are 3.1 million Blackberry users, 1.2 million Android users, 600,000 Apple iPhone users and 220,000 Windows phone users in South Africa. It will be interesting to see how the market will shape itself in the future, especially with raised data costs for Blackberry users being implemented.
BlackBerry announced that it will launch BBM for Android on the 21st of September 2013 (Saturday) and BBM for iPhone on the 22nd of September 2013 (Sunday). The apps will be available on the respective dates on the Google Play store and the iOS App store.
If you start using this app on your Android Phone or Apple iPhone over the weekend let us know how your experience is of it by commenting on this post on Monday. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here.
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