Blackberry Messenger Coming to iOS?

BGR reports that RIM’s popular Blackberry Messenger is coming to iOS and Android. BBM is the popular chat application that allows for exclusive communication between Blackberry users.

However, with cross-platform chat apps such as WhatsApp, is BBM on iOS even relevant anymore?

BGR:

…we’ve been told RIM will offer stripped down versions of the BBM experience BlackBerry owners know and love. That way, Android and iOS users can communicate with practically anyone who has a smartphone using BBM, but they might not be able to share photos, location, or videos (when RIM crosses that bridge). Users who want the full BlackBerry Messenger experience will still need a BlackBerry smartphone to get it

A stripped down version of BBM? What’s the point? RIM needs to concentrate on releasing its Playbook (Apple will have released two iPads in less than a year before RIM releases one) and innovating in the smartphone space.

I don’t understand why Blackberry users love BBM so much. Is it worth keeping your Blackberry for, as opposed to newer and better smartphone options, such as the iPhone or Android? Maybe there’s something I’m missing?

Would you welcome BBM for iOS?


[BGR]

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  • Peter

    Personally I would be excited to see BBM on the iPhone. This is for only one feature: knowing when your message recipient has read your message. That’s it. Is there a SMS iPhone app that does this?

    And no, this feature is not enough to justify having a BB. There’s thousands of reasons why I wouldn’t buy a BB and they are called “apps”. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    BBM is the only feature on the BlackBerry that I miss. It was like text messaging on steroids. The fact that it didn’t eat into your text message allotment had real appeal before unlimited text plans were all the rage. It is also a secure communication link that really appeals to corporate types. Have I learned to live without it on the iPhone? Absolutely. An iPhone version would have to run in the background and the iPhone still doesn’t have the battery to deal with too many background apps. Try leaving Skype on for a few hours and you’ll know what I mean.

  • jwp

    they love it because it’s free…no SMS fees like other phones.

  • Anonymous

    PingChat app has the “message read” function. Again though, it has to be left running in the background to be really useful.

  • Jkh

    thats not true u dont need to run apps in the background to get same features as bbm. Whatsapp does everything bbm can do and it works on all platforms and you do not need to run in the background u can send videos pictures locations and lets u know when recipient has read your message i dont know y u would need bbm if u already have whatsapp . aslo u dont need a pin, any contacts in ur phonebook that have whatsapp will automatically show up in whatsapp so its better in many ways then bbm

  • +1

  • BBM is the only thing my girl friend misses on her iPhone. I don’t miss it at all. Most people have unlimited SMS anyways, and it’s literally just as fast.

  • Anonymous

    Lmao, I really doubt RIM would do this.

    My friends and I are all in first year university. Most of them have Blackberrys and BBM. They’re talk about “team blackberry” and stuff like that. Is that a thing outside my group of friends or are they just losers?

    Whenever somebody gets BBM they post their pin on Facebook and over a dozen people ‘like’ it and say things like “welcome to the family.” I think they would cry if I posted on Facebook “Just got BBM for iPhone, add pin ********”

    BBM exculsitivity is the only thing keeping Blackberrys afloat in the non corporate world.

  • Ryan

    What’s App is way better than BBM but I have a lot of friends that can’t see past free SMS so they still own a BB. Also there are a lot of countries where iPhones and Androids aren’t readily available or cost way too much so their choice of “smartphones” are either BB or Symbian and I can see why BB would be an easier choice simply cause of free SMS. This will be awesome for real smartphones (iPhone, Android) as messaging app and if RIM does this correctly this can be the number one messaging app for all smartphones worldwide but they will need to quickly include Windows Phone 7 and WebOS. Let’s see if they actually release it because it has huge potential!

  • This_is_Spencer

    I leave my skype on all day and my battery lasts just fine

  • Chris Ratzlaff

    I would love to see this. BBM seems like the only thing my friends use in the iPhone vs. BB argument (not much of a argument). It would be great to show themhow superior the iPhone is.

  • Your friends need iPhones! BBM is overrated. It’s irrelevant now with other apps like WhatsApp.

  • Jjchong

    Ping chat is free and you can do all the same stuff. Pics, video etc. Works on IOS android and Blackberry. They really need to add all the bells and whistles to be relevant

  • I agree its a strange/confusing move. RIM has done an amazing job at marketing BBM and has managed to continue to attract the younger generation to BB just for that feature. Obviously they see the implications of having other cross-platform messaging apps out there – just see their current “disagreement” with Kik. They will always have the marketing budget to continue to overshadow the other “smaller” apps. That’s why it doesn’t make sense. Why give away what is currently your major advantage? I guess they think there is something else driving people to bb…

  • Chris

    Even though it would technically be inferior to what’s app it would be far superior for practical purposes. Only about 15 of my 400 or so contacts have what’s app. Having bbm would increase the number of people I could message to well over 100 I would think.

    But do I believe rim would actually do this? No way.

  • Suman

    “Better” is relative to each person. For instance, a BlackBerry is “better” for businesspeople. The BlackBerry boasts a “better” battery life. Just because this is an iPhone-based report, doesn’t mean the reporters have to be biased.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know why you guys keep comparing BBM with text message. Text has limit of 140 characters while BBM has no limit it’s like IM for BB but it’s not like MSN or Yahoo that takes lots of battery life and data usage. I carry 2 smartphones; one is my own iPhone 4, and I got no choice to carry a BB Bold for work. After I found out that gmail support push and it works on my iPhone, I don’t envy BB email users any more; however, I still love BBM. I use it a lot with my co-workers. I will definitely get it for my iPhone if it supports iOS. It will be a smart move for RIM. It will attract lots of people who want a smartphone but don’t need that kind of capability of an iPhone or simply just want to keep the cost down. BB will be the best choice if text/email/call/IM are the only things you need. BB Bold’s 5MP camera takes very good pictures too.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not about free text and doesn’t matter how many apps you run on your iDevices. One thing you have to consider is what app most of your friends use? When most of pepole you know use MSN only, are you gonna use Yahoo IM and ask them to change?

  • Anonymous

    Agree with you. RIM has to be smart enough to realize that, but unfortunately the people at RIM are not. If BBM support all smartphone platforms, lots of people will not chase the stream to switch to iPhone just to keep in touch more closely with people they know.

  • Anonymous

    BBM on iPhone will help me stay in contact with more friends, so I support it.

  • Peter

    Whatsapp doesn’t tell you if the other person has read your message. Or am I wrong?
    Why is everyone on the Whatsapp bandwagon?

  • Jgorman38

    Yes it does tell you when your message is read

  • Jgorman38

    yes whats app does everything that messenger does

  • Joel

    Die hard bb users will have another reason to switch to the iPhone. Bb is digging it’s own hole.

  • I think the group messaging part of BBM is what most people are after. I use TextPlus on the iPhone with my friends for the same functionality. If BBM comes to the iPhone for free (I highly doubt anyone would pay for this especially with free apps that do the same thing), then I’d use it over whatever third-party app in use now.

    However, I highly doubt that RIM would do this. BBM is one of the only things keeping people on Blackberry devices when iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices have superior functionality.

  • I love iPhones. 🙂

  • klevin

    RIM, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, right?

  • Suman

    Honestly, so do I, lol.

  • Anonymous

    i for one am really looking forward to BBM on my iPhone.. i have several friends who rock the BB and just don’t want to relearn a Smartphone OS and now I will be able to get in on their “exclusive” feature

  • Scrap this project. iPhone would be king if they released their own messenger tied into the GameCenter where you can chat with your follow iPhone friends as well as see their game stats, perhaps a small profile to follow.

  • Rahul

    I am using an iphone 4 and will never go back. But please ping chat can never replace BBM

  • Baddow

    Yes it does tell you when it has been read.

  • Baddow_man

    Whatsapp let’s you know when it’s been read.

  • vinniedisco

    No it doesn’t. It tells you when your message has been delivered to the recipient’s phone. NOT when it has been opened and read.

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