it will base on mobile number or the application will generate pin code?
this will be the death of blackberry (the device), but may save blackberry (the company).
Here in Indonesia, BB rules smartphone world. People buy BB only for the BBM feature. If BBM comes to android and iOS, i think people will abandon their BB. Android and iOS are much more fun than BB OS.
Sorry BB, i don;t think it is a right move. It may keep you alive as a software company, but you will ruin your mobile phone division.
p.s i'm not a BB user, and will not be a BB user unless my company force me =p
This is the only way RIM can survive longer.... By missing out on the ecosystem concept they no longer have a solid case for survival, i guess now they can transform into being a service provider in lieu of being a hardware manufacturer....
Don't get me wrong. I'd love to have BBM on my Galaxy. AND IT's FREE. But this decision had that same feel you get from watching a movie, where you hear the hero say some cool things, making promises, and act tough when they are actually bleeding with broken bones and splines, perhaps punctured lungs as well. Eventually they died.
the world is about to unite. hahahahahahahahaha!!!!! hmmm loving this
Sorry BB, I already have Whatsapp.....my friends having BBs also have whatsapp......you are late to the party BBM....
BB is somewhat alive due to BBM and now BB wants to give it away!!!! good going!
I dont know what the hell are they thinking but its really good news to dump my BlackBerry.
Maybe they really gave up hahahaha...well not really
SGN2, 14 May 2013Guys...I am trying to find a reason to buy Blackberry... Can any one help me with this?do you have $700 to spare for a crappy unwieldy dual core phone or an extra $100 for keypad albeit smaller screen? Would you like another option for $500 but plastic body?
Oh, look, a Samsung store. You could have an S4 for $750, it got Octa Core Exynos with long list of features. Do you want better build quality? Same price aluminium HTC One. Want to take your phone to shower. Look, a Sony Store. They have waterproof device for that kind of money. Hey, an Apple Store. Care to register as Apple Fanboys? At least you get tons of games at your finger tips. SAME PRICE.
By summer. Expect ZERO sales of BB device.
Heard some crap about patent right to exclusive own bbm expires this year and renewal was not possible. Don't know how true this is
How about developing underwears for iPhone and Android users with a BlackBerry logo on them?
the only exclusive thing they had, and they give it away to android and iOS? sounds like desperation for people to use Blackberry services.
Anonymous, 14 May 2013the only reason to buy a blackberry over any other is for bbm and now they are giving that awayEXACTLY! people want blackberry only for bbm, and now giving it to ios and android will only make them loose everything. y the hell r they doing such a thing? :(
So is this their way of saying 'we give up?' Literally the main or only reason to own a BB is BBM and they're making it available to the platforms that helped sink them. Why nothing for WP8 though?
W.Sahi, 14 May 2013It may seem as a lame decision to give one of your best feature to other rival platforms. But ... moreit's free ... http://blogs.blackberry.com/2013/05/bbm-ios-android/ no one will buy cross platform messenger.
Just like Nintendo would launch their entire franchise of Mario, zelda, pokemon, metroid, etc... For the PS4 and Xbox 720 - Infinity. There is no reason to buy Nintendo hardware, the same would apply to BB.
If they go ahead with dis decision, then that is GAME OVER for the sales of BB phones. People manage bb phones due to BBM when their bb phones batteries are not even up to par with old nokia 3310 battery. Try it and see if we BB lovers won't switch to our ever admiring high end smart phones dat will dust BB in every aspect of both hardwares and softwares. A word is enough for BB.