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Less than eight hours after officially hitting Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play store, the BlackBerry Messenger app (free download) has seen more than five million active downloads on iOS and Android combined, BlackBerry announced in a tweet.

The messaging application is a staggered rollout which employs a reservation system to prevent the kind of a server strain seen after the Android build had leaked out prematurely. According to some repots, there’s a workaround that could let you use the app without waiting…

Here’s BlackBerry’s tweet.

For the sake of completeness, the five million metric excludes downloads as the figure applies to those that have downloaded and activated the app on their devices.

For more on BBM, check out Yahoo’s nice hands-on article.

BBM lets you chat with friends on iPhone and other smartphones that run the app and comes with a host of features such as multi-party chat and sharing, always-on connectivity, profile editing, emoticons, typing and availability indicators, animated GIFs in profile images, status updates and more.

CNET yesterday posted a nice workaround which lets you bypass the wait list and sign up for BBM immediately, in three easy steps.

Here’s how:

1. Fire up the app and enter your e-mail address
2. Tap Next and then force-close BBM (double-click the Home button and swipe the app away)
3. Relaunch the app and you should be able to get past the wait list

At this point, you’ll either have to provide your existing BBM credentials (provided you signed up at BBM.com beforehand) or create a brand new account.

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I’ve had a mixed success with the trick.

It worked without a hiccup on my iPhone 5s, but my older iPhone which uses a different cell phone number was refusing to go past the reservation prompt although I was using a different email address to sign up for BBM.

I tried deleting and re-downloading the software, to no avail.

BlackBerry has the power to fix the workaround at any time on their end and it seems they’ve done just that, at least for some users.

Of course, your mileage may (and will) vary so I invite you to share your experience with fellow readers down in the comments.

Download BBM for iPhone free from the App Store.

  • abdullah575

    PIN : 74185925

    • -.-

      You have no friends do you?

  • Hey guys. Here is my BBM Pin. OMG I am so excited to have BBM on my phone. Please add me…

    • Maze

      You’re just being “that guy” right now. Don’t be that guy.

  • felixtaf

    Had occasional lags like blackberry. But the app is cool. Using it for the first time… Nice UI and have some cool features..

  • Ralph El Khoury

    74165d81

  • jocastro

    well, i was wrong, i can admit that.. at least they can make a app.

  • Abdl

    Seriously guys??! Why give us your pins? Who needs it?!

  • Rinto

    It worked for me..

  • Tomer Shalhon

    Can someone explain me whats special about this app?

  • mordechai eliyahu

    doesnt work for ios 5.1.1 i love my jailbreak so im not upgrading to ios7 just for this app

  • Carlos Maanuel

    Dont work on my galaxy s2 version 2.3.6 it says not compatible

  • Sprash

    Stuck with the big email queue?? Just managed to hack it! Follow @Prashanth_BE if you want to thank me! Happy BBMing!!! #BBM #bypassemail

  • Scott

    I don’t know anyone with a blackberry but figured I would download the app and just store it on my computer in case later on I meet someone still carrying one around. Otherwise iMessage and normal text will work for me.

  • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

    hey @ Christian Zibreg use any email from a friend that already has the app active. I used my neighbor’s and i jumped the queue and installed mine

  • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

    Bad thing it doesnt have landscape support

  • Chris Tangler

    How long do I have to wait to get my pin, I have been waiting for just about 24 hours.