BlackBerry Messenger beta for iOS and Android invites rolling out

By , Aug 1, 2013

BBM beta invites

The long-rumored BlackBerry Messenger is finally launching on iOS and Android before the end of summer (so before September 22). It looks like the software is coming along nicely as Canada’s embattled smartphone maker has started rolling out invites to a small number of users on its Beta Zone website, asking them to test out the Android and iOS versions of the software…

As reported by BlackBerryOS.com, the program is not yet available for everyone.

Some users with a BlackBerry ID reported receiving an email invitation seen top of post. The first BBM beta is available under the Eligible Programs section.

The beta app requires an iOS 6 or Android Ice Cream Sandwich device. BBM for iOS and Android is slated for worldwide release later this summer, the email notice reads.

MobileSyrup previously said the free cross-platform app will initially include basic messaging and group chatting features. Advanced capabilities such as voice, screen sharing and the BBM Channels will be added via future updates.

I fear it may be too late for BBM now. The IM landscape is a pretty crowded space divided between Apple’s iMessage, Google’s new Hangouts app, Whats App and Viber.

Will you be giving BBM on your iPhone a try once it goes public?

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  • David Gitman

    nah I love my whatsapp

    • Adham

      WhatsApp is supposed to move to a 1 dollar a year subscription, BBM will be free…

      • David Gitman

        whatsapp says lifetime for me so..

      • Adham

        Go on WhatsApp v2.10.1 release notes on their website:

        “As you know, we used to charge iPhone users a $.99 one time payment, while Android and other platforms had free service for the first year and paid $0.99 a year after that. From now on, we’ve simplified our business model so that all users on all platforms will enjoy their first year of WhatsApp service for free, and only pay $.99 per year after that.”

      • Stokies993

        If you’ve already bought the app you have lifetime use without yearly payment

      • Adham

        But the problem is it can prevent more users from getting WhatsApp. BBM is a great service going cross-platform and in the future will include voice and video chat for Android and iOS versions. You get all that for free, whereas WhatsApp is chat only for $0.99 a year…

      • Mustang5Oh

        i.e. Google Hangouts app….cross-platform and has video ability as well. BBM going to iOS/Android is a last ditch effort by blackberry to maintain somewhat relevant before suffering from a long overdue death.

      • Ishaan Malhotra

        trust me thats not gonna happen

      • Adham

        I’m not making it up it’s on the WhatsApp website lol. But as Stokies mentioned, if you bought the app you have lifetime.

      • Lester

        Just use Viber :p

  • Mustang5Oh

    Too little too late RIM.

    • Adham

      But they aren’t RIM

      • Mustang5Oh

        Yes that makes my main point mute since I called them RIM instead of Blackberry.
        /sarcasm

      • Robert Wallis

        RIM made the Blackberry.

      • Frozen Bee .GFKS

        RIM was renamed to BlackBerry

  • RarestName

    What is their motive?

  •  Rich 

    I will, I somehow still have friends with a Blackberry

  • Turf

    WhatsApp is king.

  • Gorgonphone

    why should i want or need this?

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      ‘Cause it prevents others from getting greedy and it encourages them to make even better platforms…

  • Ted Forbes

    I thought it was a good idea, that was then, this is now, rim your timing is bad you need to fire a lot of people.

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Will probably give it a try as I still have friends who value BBM over WhatsApp…besides, not gonna complain about competition; if the others ever get too greedy, would have an alternative to jump to.

  • Tobias Ruano

    I will try it because most of my friends have Black Berry

  • Scott Curry

    I agree that this is too late on a personal level, but think Blackberry’s (Remember, they’re no longer RIM) core customer base – businesses and corporations. I work for one of those and having secure chat between employees on any mobile device can help my case for BYOD policies.

    I think the only way BB can survive is to follow Sega and stop trying to provide hardware. Stick with software. The hardware market is flooded (ehhhhhh but so is the software market O.o )

    I think BB is dying, but if they just dug in and focused on making the indisputably secure software (apps, OS-integration, video conferencing, whatever), then they could survive.

    It’s doubtful though…

  • Roland Adi Nugraha

    in Indonesia, there are so many BB users. but with this new BBM, i’ll throw away my BB device, and stick with my iPhone (installed with BBM)

    • Ishaan Malhotra

      I thought only my country had idiots

    • Win Er

      About time you did that son.

  • abdullah575

    how to download it BETA BBM ????

  • Amit

    RIP RIM.

    • Scott Curry

      Especially since they’re no longer named RIM huh? O.o

  • Anthony Petell

    I had a BB Storm when it first came out. Stood in line and got the first one in my city. Hated the phone. But BBM was pretty good. cant wait for it on iOS. i’m enrolled in the BB Beta Zone. Hopefully ill get an email invite soon.

  • Guest

    when is it out?

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    Ill use it for a lil while just to piss of the bb people who bought those crappy phones and are paying for a free service!!

  • n0ahcruz3

    With messaging app being hacked lately eg. Viber, tango. BBM looks like a good alternative.

    • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

      Line is a decent one

  •  Rich 

    People stating WhatsAPP is the best, yada yada yada, Well, whatsApp was based from BBM to begin with. And honestly, I personally know more people with BBM than those who use whatsApp. I think BBM will end up being the #1 data based messaging system. BBM is what kept a hold on people to use a Blackberry. I’m sure all of those users who finally swapped, will go back to using it. As much as I love my iPhone, and hated my BB (because of lack of decent applications) I miss using BBM.

    • Win Er

      Well that’s just you isn’t it.

  • Pratik Shah

    i need an invite for bbm on ios

  • mkOS

    Don’t see the point. WhatsApp and nothing else.

  • kadeem kadz Dulice

    Blackberry/RIM Corporate Suicide Pioneers .. everything takes years to get done smfh