BBM 1.0.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)BBM 1.0.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

After months-long back and forth, the horribly embattled Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry, formerly Research In Motion, has announced that its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) software has finally rolled out to iOS and Android devices today.

Announced as a staggered roll-out for Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play store, the secure instant messaging software employs a reservation system.

That’s bad news for those who haven’t signed up early at BBM.com as they will be forced to wait in line before they can use the app. On September 22, BlackBerry was forced to halt the planned roll-out of BBM for iOS after a leaked Android build had caused its servers to fold…

According to the official BlackBerry blog, upon installing and firing up the app, users will need to enter their email address in order to hold their spot in line.

“We will email you as soon as you reach the front of the line and can start using BBM,” reads the post by BBM head Andrew Bocking.

If you’re among the six million people who’d previously signed up through BBM.com, you can start using the instant messaging app immediately, BlackBerry said.

Download BBM for iPhone free from the App Store now.

The 30.9MB download is optimized for the iPhone 5/5s/5c’s taller screen and requires an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later.

The app lets you chat with friends on iPhone and other smartphones that run BBM and includes such features as multi-party chat and sharing and always-on connectivity.

BBM 1.0.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)BBM 1.0.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)

The software lets you create your own BBM profile from scratch, share photos, files, documents, voice notes and more, use emoticons in chat messages, see when the other person is responding to your message via handy typing indicator, know when messages have been delivered (D’s) and read (R’s) and more.

If you’re creating a BBM profile in-app, you can even set animated GIFs for your profile image and of course update your status.

Additional privacy options allow you to control how to share your information by using PINs instead of phone numbers or email addresses (“so that it’s more private”). Plus, you always have full control of who can contact or message you.

As for group chat, BBM groups help you share pictures, lists and appointments with group members.

“You can even be in a group with people who aren’t part of your own BBM contact list,” notes BlackBerry. If you participate on a multi-person chat, BBM lets you send a message to multiple BBM contacts at one time.

Owners of iPhone and Android devices in Africa will be able to download the app in three days’ time. Samsung customers in Sub-Sahara Africa can download BBM today from the Samsung Apps store.

A million Android users installed the leaked version in just seven hours, per BlackBerry.

“What you don’t know is that more than one million people have found creative ways to side load BBM on their iPhone”, reads the post.

The company will publish another blog post tomorrow to provide us with an update on the line-up and to share “more detail about the work the team has done over the last several weeks”.

You can also follow @BBM on Twitter for updates on how quickly the line is moving.

  • Gate

    No thank you ^^
    But it’s useful for people with friends / family that use Blackberry I think 🙂

    • Jonathan

      You know, I was expecting careless/rude comments on here. Not you. 🙂
      You certainly surprised me, and that’s good!

      • Gate

        Thank you for the kind words!
        Sometimes the first comment sets the mood of the entire post.
        I try to think of everything with as much empathy and logic as possible, without ignoring my own opinions and perspective.
        But I have to admit, people that express their aggression on public websites can be amusing at times ^^
        Have a nice day.

      • is it working with you guys?

      • Gate

        If you’re talking about the App, I honestly have no idea.
        I don’t know anyone that has a Blackberry :]
        I was just interested in the article

      • oh.. Thanks for answering nicely 🙂

      • Jonathan

        I do the same. Usually it works. While aggression can be unpleasant, extremely amusing. Yesterday:
        Person: So what? I already have an iPhone 4!
        2nd person: your biggest accomplishment in life
        3rd person: Here, have a coockie
        4th person: here, have a dictionary.

        I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. 😛

      • Jo

        Kind words are the music of the world. They have a power which seems to be beyond natural causes, as if they were some angel’s song which had lost its way and come to earth.

        -Frederick William Faber
        I thought you might like this swag-tastic quote.

      • Jonathan

        and I do 🙂

    • jahanzeb aamir

      No!!! Now it’s useful for everyone with Blackberry, iPhone or Android. It’s a cross platform app! Unless … you knew that and just trolling.

  • chumawumba

    Who cares

    • Jo

      yo mama

    • Adham

      I think the app will become more valuable when they add BBM voice and BBM video chat.

      • ali_plus

        Can someone try these small steps and confirm. This trick worked for me. I am not registered to bbm email but my friend was, so here is what we did

        1. I entered my email which went in the waiting line.

        2 press back to enter another email, use my friends email and bam! I can register bbm. Note that i used the email after my friend registered. I think Blackberry is only checking database.

  • Zzzzz

    I actually want to leave whatsapp. I want an app that lets you make voice calls on data as well as msg but I can’t get my damn friends to move from whatsapp…

    • Ishaan Malhotra

      Viber

    • Emadiga Hisham

      viber

    • pegger1

      viber, skype, facebook messenger…

    • Franck Kamayou

      Viber

      • Derp

        Really bro? What’s the point of your comment…

      • Franck Kamayou

        Emphasis my friend, emphasis.

    • Adam Jnk Apple

      give LINE a try

  • Markus Hudobnik

    Remember google hangouts? Yeah… Not a lot of people will use this. Most people will just continue to text each other (and especially now, texting is super cheap). If you need to talk to someone who doesn’t have a smartphone…they more than likely have a Facebook and in that case Facebook messenger works!

    There is nothing special about this app that makes it stand out. Blackberry is just trying to push its brand name.

    • Andy

      Speak for yourself. Just because you don’t use Google Hangouts or BBM, doesn’t mean that millions of other people won’t use them.

      • Markus Hudobnik

        I never said that no one will use them. Please stop assuming. I simply stated google hangouts as an example of an app that was “expected” to be used a ton when in reality it is not widely used.

      • Andy

        Aren’t you assuming yourself? Who says Hangouts in reality is not widely used? I don’t know about you, but I know many people who use Hangouts, including my family. In fact, it’s one of the most popular web-based video chat services available.

    • Maxim∑

      I use hangouts a lot with iMessage. BBM will most likely be used more in enterprises

  • abdullah575

    Tanks jeff your the BEST ^_^

    • Jo

      Jeff didn’t write the article or create the app but ok

  • Abbas

    There is actually a BBM here in barcelona.. BBM – Barcelona Breast Meeting.. LOL

  • bigtalk

    sorry this is just not interesting at all

  • jocastro

    BBM = bla bla meh

  • Corey B

    just like apple, they take forever to release something new. This should of been out 3 years ago to save their business

  • Derp

    I like the picture wall they used to display contacts. WhatsApp needs to copy that.

    • arsenal6

      lol i have that… jailbreak my friend

      • Derp

        Really? How did you get it?

      • Jo

        cyntact (on cydia)

  • iBanks

    There will be 10 MILLION downloads of this app because of curiosity and only 1-1.5 MILLION of those people will actually continue to use it after playing with it.

  • Fevostone

    2Day..? 2day is almost over in the uk LOL

  • David Williams

    It’s actually in the app store in the US. I didn’t find it by searching, but got a link to it through the BB blog.

  • Alex

    Already due for iOS7 update

  • Rowan09

    They waited a little too long. I understand that they didn’t want to give away one of the best things on their platform, but there are so many alternatives it’s going to be hard for people to add another messaging application. Timing is everything in technology. Remember the dell streak and dell 5.0 Android phone? At the time even though Dell was ahead of the game, no one really bought it because it was just too big and the dell streak was and in my opinion still too small for a tablet. Now people are buying 6.3 inch phones, etc.

  • Ralph El Khoury

    74165d81 add

  • Hermès Vainstar Chu

    continuos loading after logging in ==

  • Matu

    It isn’t in iTouch 5

    • download it on your iTunes in Mac or PC (you can’t sync the app). The open App Store on your itouch 5 and go to updates then Purchased apps. Click “Not on this iPod” search for BBM and install 🙂

      but it will not work. 🙁 not until you got the email from blackberry.
      so far i have received nothing

      • Question

        I got bbm on my ipod and when i go into the app this is what comes up

    • Question

      This is what comes up

      • Najeé Mosely

        That’s what I got as well

      • JianHauWan

        Same issue

      • Same ;( and I havent recieve my email yeat.

  • Satya Gopi

    does it work on ipod touch..? :O

    • Jo

      yes

      • Jjmaya

        I can’t install it how did you do it?!

      • Jo

        it requires ios 6 or later so if you have older firmware it might not work.

      • Jjmaya

        I have ipod touch 5 ios 6 installed I try to install bbm and says i need a gps

      • Jo

        that’s weird I don’t know what to do

      • Jjmaya

        🙁 well in compatibility it never says ipod touch

      • Jo

        🙁 ah crap that sucks maybe they’ll fix that soon

  • Kareem Michel

    #BBM PIN: 79289728

  • Tahir Ahmetovic

    it is available in the store

  • bd

    How long this email crap take ?

  • Kenny Woodard

    I still prefer kik for a messenger app. If you don’t use kik, you probably use Whatsapp. Sooo I don’t know why BBM would be any use at all.

    • Question

      Just like once kik was useless now its most used who knows bbm could achieve what kik did?

  • Abdl

    Been using BBM for like a month now, no jB.

  • chinaslim

    Smoker soul

  • siddique

    2A667730 bbm pin,
    +966548463554 whatsapp…

    • n00b

      asl

  • kadeem kadz Dulice

    iOS7 … Optimized SMFH !

  • Fevostone

    What’s app update for me like…!!!

  • kadeem kadz Dulice

    iOS7 Optimized ?? really it looks like shit !! UI : PooP !! ( bbm is the best messaging platform btw )

    Missing …. alot, but most annoying is ..

    Swipe to delete chat !! … wdf is up wit these guys

  • Adham

    Kinda have a few things on my mind in regards to this.

    1. I think people discredit the usefulness of BBM for iPhone and Android. Yes, there are apps such as WhatsApp available. Yes, barely anyone has Blackberries today. However BBM has an edge on everyone else. First, they are known to be a pretty damn reliable messaging service. Second, they intend to incorporate voice and video chat in the app. All of this for free of charge. WhatsApp has moved to a dollar a year policy for new users of their app, and only have voice messaging, sending small voice memos back and forth, which I never use nor am a fan of.

    2. In regards to iOS 7 optimization and people saying the interface needs to be updated to look better: The reason the app looks like the way it does is because BlackBerry wanted to preserve the look and feel of BB10 in this app. But they have done proper measures in updating the app from last month, where the keyboard was not iOS 7 optimized, there was a pesky autocorrect bug, and the app would suffer from multiple crashes.

    Essentially, was the app a little too late? Yes. However, I would not call this dead in the water just yet.

    And before people say I am a BB fanboy, I owned an iPhone for 2 years and moved away from Blackberry because their phones at the time were just way too behind with the times. I am just saying stuff the way I see it and from what I’ve heard.

  • Sokrates

    What about security? Does it go over BB servers and is encrypted?

  • Jesús Urdaneta

    I’ve installed and I have 64 contacts…

  • Louis B

    Line or even Wechat are sooooo much better. BB is trying to make its sale value go up a bit.

    • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

      Line is very good!!

  • juno

    it’s been a long time, glad to be chatting with my old friends on BBM while using my iPhone 5S

  • ali_plus

    Can someone try these small steps and confirm. This trick worked for me. I am not registered to bbm email but my friend was, so here is what we did

    1. I entered my email which went in the waiting line.

    2 press back to enter another email, use my friends email and bam! I can register bbm. Note that i used the email after my friend registered. I think Blackberry is only checking database

    • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

      worked like a charm

  • Rohit Pandey

    Its giving “Temporary Server Error”

    its disgusting

  • Frozen Bee .GFKS

    It works great, already have some contacts, BUT i have iPhone 4 (waiting for 5S) and BBM drained my whole battery(from 100% to 15%) in 2-3 hours(background, chat time was 20 minutes). I hope they will fix it really quickly, because otherwise Im uninstalling it. Fool me once BB, shame on me. Fool me twice…..

  • iBanks

    GroupMe is better…

  • Riley Freeman

    Not impressed with this launch.

    1. Every time you log in on a new device WITH THE SAME BB ID it generates a new pin and of course they don’t tell you this so if you have your pin posted anywhere or the barcode you need to update and remove the old posts. Why would someone think it’s a good idea to generate new pins for each device. Yes I know they did this with their own phones but that was hat coded into the phones OS and on the sticker on the back. iPhone and android don’t fall under this. What’s the point of a BB ID and logging in if I can’t take my pin with me to each device? Yes I know you can’t log in at the same time on multiple devices.

    2. Since no one decided to put a pop up or something telling me my pin was going to change, I had posted the pin when I logged in on my ipad because my iPhone was giving me problems (which had to do with my iphone being jail broken). So I got my iphone working and logged back into it with the same gmail bb ID. I created a new bb ID (hotmail) on my ipad and deleted and reinstalled bbm on it and low and behold I am still getting bbm adds from the original gmail account on my ipad even though I’m logged in under a new BB ID on my ipad.

    Now let’s add to the fact I had the New Zealand bbm since the original scheduled launch which randomly stopped working Sunday night. Let’s also add that even though I had that bb ID already in that when I delete and reinstall bbm each time on either my iPhone or iPad and login with my BB ID that I go back into the queue to wait for access to get into bbm again. Absolutely ridiculous honestly.

    I still have my bold 9900 at home and tried to login there until I found out you have to wipe the phone to use another BB ID so to sum this all up, I’m not impressed with the way they handled these 2 launches. I will still use BBM but not a happy customer. Your pin should be able to go with you on each device not a new pin each time

  • Al

    This would be great except all of my friends have switched to either an iPhone or Samsung phone!! Blackberry was waay too late with this!!!

  • Joche

    The Contacts screen in BBM for iPhone shows no contacts, however, when viewing the left-hand menu by tapping the tab menu button (3 horizontal lines), the Contacts menu item indicates that there are a number of contacts.

    Additionally, the display picture and name for these contacts may be missing within the chat view.

    Thank you for your help.

  • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

    No landscape support meh

  • padraig cormican

    I can’t get it on my iPhone 3GS:(

  • Tahir Ahmetovic

    Anyone have a fix for bbm crashing on ios 7.0.3 i tried clearing my chat but it still crashes when i open contacts.. HELP!!!

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