BlackBerry announces BBM coming to Windows Phone and Nokia X platforms

By Bla1ze on 24 Feb 2014 03:34 am
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Hitting the stage at Mobile World Congress to announce the latest happenings from Nokia, Stephen Elop confirmed that BBM will be coming to Lumia devices, joining Android and iOS users who recently saw the messaging service arrive on their platforms.

BBM continues to grow in popularity as millions of people use our mobile platform for chatting and connecting with friends or colleagues, and we are very excited that we will soon welcome Windows Phone and Nokia X users to the BBM community," said John Sims, President, Global Enterprise Solutions at BlackBerry.

Today marks an exciting moment for Nokia," said Bryan Biniak, Vice President and GM of Developer Relations, Nokia Corporation. "By bringing BBM to the Windows Phone and Nokia X communities, our customers will be able to experience this popular global messaging app.

The topic of BBM on Windows Phone was one of much debate for a while there, so it's great to see those on Windows Phone and the new Nokia X platform will be now be able to enjoy it. Full press release is below for your reading pleasure.

Press Release

BlackBerry Announces BBM for Windows Phone and Nokia X Platforms

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014, BARCELONA--(Marketwired - Feb. 24, 2014) - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today announced that BBM(TM) will be made available to Windows Phone and Nokia X customers in the coming months.

BBM is a premier mobile messaging platform that offers best-in-class collaboration tools such as BBM Groups, BBM Voice and BBM Channels. BBM users rely on the privacy, immediacy and control that are at the core of BBM.

"BBM continues to grow in popularity as millions of people use our mobile platform for chatting and connecting with friends or colleagues, and we are very excited that we will soon welcome Windows Phone and Nokia X users to the BBM community," said John Sims, President, Global Enterprise Solutions at BlackBerry.

"Today marks an exciting moment for Nokia," said Bryan Biniak, Vice President and GM of Developer Relations, Nokia Corporation. "By bringing BBM to the Windows Phone and Nokia X communities, our customers will be able to experience this popular global messaging app."

Windows Phone and Nokia X customers will soon have access to a comprehensive suite of messaging and collaboration features, including:

  • BBM Chats: Have instant BBM Chats, including a Multi-Chat option, and receive real-time confirmations when messages are delivered and read (Ds & Rs)
  • Personalization: Create a profile that can be easily personalized with profile pictures/avatars and status updates that contacts can see in the Updates area of BBM ​
  • BBM Groups: Now, with BBM Groups, up to 50 people can be added to the conversation. Chat, share photos and schedules with even more friends
  • BBM Voice: Free voice calls between BBM contacts on Windows Phone, Nokia  X, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry anywhere in the world using data or WiFi connection (Data Plan or WiFi required for BBM Voice)
  • BBM Channels: Join conversations on BBM Channels between people, brands and communities. Create a BBM channel to share thoughts, ideas and passions. Or, subscribe to a channel to join conversations with others who have shared interests.
  • One-click sharing:  BBM users on Windows Phone, Nokia X, Android, iPhone and BlackBerry devices have access to fast one-click sharing of photos, documents, voice notes and more.
  • New Emoticons: We now have over 100 new emoticons to help people say what they mean and make their point in a fun and visual way. 

Pricing and Availability

BBM will be available as a free download from the Windows Phone Store this summer. BBM for Nokia X will be available from the Nokia Store when the Nokia X platform launches.

Useful Links

  • Inside BlackBerry Blog Post (http://blogs.blackberry.com/2014/02/bbm-windows-phone/)
  • BBM information (www.bbm.com)
  • BBM PIN Card Generator (http://mypin.bbm.com/)

About BBM

Introduced in 2005, BBM set the standard for mobile messaging and continues to drive innovation in messaging and private social networking.Today, BBM is one of the largest private social mobile networks, driving real, active conversations. Customers love BBM for its privacy, controls and immediacy with Delivered and Read statuses and message-in-progress notices.

About BlackBerry

A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry(R) revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.blackberry.com.

124 comments

DinLangkawi

Nice one blackberry!

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kevin_fan

Good move! BBM should be available on every platform on this planet to be number 1.

gariac

I assume they are working on desktop services as well. You have to cover all the bases.

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seascape

Desktop would be great. But this is fantastic news. Now no one will be able to say that BlackBerry practices mobile discrimination with BBM.

IJKBB10

Finally on all platforms

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RP Singh

Soon, hopefully. Skype is still the most cross platform.

Sent from my iPuh-lease-as-IF

neo158

Exactly, I was using BBM on my Galaxy Nexus and I'm looking forward to it on my Windows Phone.

mnc76

Yup. It looks they are going no-holds-barred cross-platform. This mean desktop BBM shouldn't be too far off.

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felixlives

Yes indeed, this is good, ... great news, although the desktop should be sneaking right behind it, i hope it is!

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arvind1983

Hope there won't be a need to pair with blue tooth all the time. Instead I would prefer wifi connection, If it's possible .

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THBW

You bet they are. Hello Chris U, are you paying attention? This is the Bold move you should be paying attention to. When a feature rich version of BBM goes desktop, it's all over for whatsapp.

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Hibbylinx81

Thank you! Always thought BBM should be fully cross platform for a while now...

Hibby_CB10; Z10STL100-3/10.2.1.1925

drewood66

The desktop services would change the game.

ramaputra

Not too hurry please. Nokia is already very weak in Indonesia. People ditching nokia for android or blackberry only for BBM.

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desitunez

thanks BB team , good work - WP user ! , I am sure some die hard fans may have different opinion , but its all about customers and support !
cheers,

bombastic

Finally one big happy BBM family: BBM 4 All :)

birdman_38

Don't like the words "soon" and "this summer" associated with BBM considering last summer's disaster. But it could actually happen under Chen's watchful eye.

boldbalance

+1! Same here! Last summer was a disaster and that was when BlackBerry was under Thorsten's leadership. Yeah, who know? Maybe this time, BlackBerry will actually deliver under John Chen's leadership. Let's cautiously hope so!

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PegBerry

Very very nice, yup very good move.

jimlockhead

Good development.

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Graheem

Good news.

Come on 10.3!

costas1966

Excellent news!!!!

Posted by my GINORMOUS Z30

geoggers35

Very happy with this, but why did BlackBerry let Elop announce it? Surely BlackBerry/the BBM team should be taking charge?

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Prem WatsApp

They wanted it for WP, because it's also kind of a must-have-app now.

Even if people are deciding not to install it, it's good to know you can still have it, if you want it.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Prem WatsApp

Makes their platform look good, so why no use the moment(um) and announce it at MWC?

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Hibbylinx81

Agreed!

Hibby_CB10; Z10STL100-3/10.2.1.1925

zzillezz

I believe Nokia has a very good offering on their hands with the X models. Good that BBM will be available for it.

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omar ayman

That's the spirit BlackBerry!

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mercury assuzu

Best news to me so far, I can't wait to get connected to my other friends using Nokia and windows phones

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k_kjong

Interesting.. Elop said BBM is coming in the next few weeks, while on the press release, BBM would be available in the summer. Exclusivity, maybe?

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raino

Exclusivity? It's already available on all other platforms lol

pineapple2607

Great! Waiting for videocalling and desktop software!

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bb_fever

+10

Loving My SexyBack Z10!

cbvinh

Wonder if this means Microsoft will return the favor and make Skype native?

omar ayman

That's what I was wondering too! They should build a native skype app and release photo shop and such apps too.

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THBW

Skype is finished. This spotty, featureless and cumbersome app is not competitive anymore. It's bye bye time.

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raino

I wouldn't count on it. But it sure makes for a good discussion.

katiepea

This is the first time in years they've actually been aggressive. Good to hear this.

wincyUt

I guess the leadership change is kinda proving to be a good thing, :)

mzway

Now I will FINALLY be able to delete the irritating WHATSAPP!!!!

Thank you BlackBerry!!!

Posted on a sexy QTEN

Koepman

What is Nokia X?

Since 2010 

stevobbm

Looks interesting, Google nokia x

Posted on CB10 with the Q10

raino

Low end Android Nokia's making

Superfly_FR

Well done, perfect timing for valuation next quarter ...
"let them howl and #keepMoving"

Drmoe

That's a classy move. Nice going guys. BlackBerry for life!

Posted using the best phone ever, the Z30!

Atarifever

The list of features there is something I haven't seen too many times before, and it's quite comprehensive. Anyone got a version suitable for Facebook? My friends and family are likely getting tired of me beating the BlackBerry drum at them, but until they all use BlackBerry, what choice do I have? I can't let them keep getting in their own way. :)

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Gilang Gil

For other platform must purchase BBM app (free for BlackBerry)

From INDONESIA

JAS0NB0URNE

Not true. Free on all platforms.

Posted with my Q10 running 10.2.1.1925.

walt63

True BBMX

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fan_BB10

Keep the great news coming BlackBerry and CrackBerry! BBM Desktop is next, I hope...soon.

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cuek80

Great!! Been waiting for this.

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Taigatrommel

Better late than never I guess! In any case, great news, it's quite important IMO that BlackBerry makes BBM available for Windows Phone ASAP, if they want it to be a successful and competing IM system.

Double-typed and posted with a BlackBerry Q10.

crazycanuck329

Agreed! Took them long enough for this, but I am glad to see it finally!

Qaddafi

Although not necessarily a good thing (windows being BlackBerry's main rival), I also have a Nokia lumia, so Yeah

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birdman_38

Rival for what? Handsets? That's not even a consideration anymore.

wyrdfool

Wise move.
Keep moving to one true messenger to rule them all.

Hammered out from Z-thirty

rickster2611

Truly BB4ALL....

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FOR RIM

bring it fast blackberry

dying to install bbm on my all wp devices

dev3011

apparently it's even pre-installed on the new nokia devices as you can see in the beginning of this video (it's german):

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=D5OkqENhQsk

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Kobe Barksdale

Great News for windows users, don't know why they were holding off this news for this long

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rohetaku

It will be available ths SUMMER 2014 now that's a long wait!

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birdman_38

Yup. September... hopefully.

AdamWeishaupt

Funk yeah.....go BlackBerry go....

VR6

Wooohooooo

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jojo beaconsfield

BBM needs Video for all,Instagram has video and it looks great.Just saw PK Suban use it after the game in Sochi

TBone4eva

Summer? I see that Chen still hasn't been able to fix BlackBerry's issue of announcing coming products and services way to far in advance. Next week or next month would be ok, but why announce it when it is probably 6 - 7 months away from happening?

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Grivel

Pessimistic view! Summer starts in June doesn't it? Looks more like 3 months - we have 24 of February!

I think you did not get the interesting point: Nokia is installing it on its X devices - therefore the announcement it will come to WP too, especially when Nokia is the biggest vendor of WP smartphones, is more than legible.

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birdman_38

More importantly, Summer ends in September.

TBone4eva

@Grivel, because this has been BB's MO for a long time! Whenever they give a period when something will be available, it's almost always near the end of the period. Personally June is too long for this announcement as well. The many months between announcements and actual launch has to stop. Announce it when it's ready!

ianbsant

Keep it up BlackBerry ;)

Should've done this long ago but then again it's never too late.

+10!

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HotFix

Any word on when BlackBerry will add file sharing for file types other than pictures on the iOS platform?

Not being able to send videos and PDF files from iOS devices is quite annoying.

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creowano

Cool. Great to hear.

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TrueKulcha

Positive move all the way!!!

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cool_beans

Cool beans

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SafaAP

Good Blackberry !! Don't Lose To Any Product **

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pagozahd

Whatsapp just announce they will be adding voice this summer......

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Prem WatsApp

Phacebook Phone, no thanks!

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

THBW

So what, BBM Is already onto video and screen sharing. And then look at all the additional features you get with BBM, plus, plus, plus.

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shawn7928

Strategically this is a big mistake!

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Prem WatsApp

Explain. Curious to know your theory!

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

wincyUt

Please enlighten us.

birdman_38

Chen musn't think it is.

Prem WatsApp

Keep BBRY in the game, and make sure everyone on all platforms knows

BlackBerry is not dead!

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

CarGuy1368

This is good. Reaching out to even more people.

Posted via the super amazing BlackBerry Q10

shawn7928

It is a mistake because currently BlackBerry and windows phone have the same market share. People are buying windows phone for the same reason as BlackBerry, it's a android and apple alternative. If bbm becomes "the next big thing" as we assume and hope it will, we don't need windows phone to achieve that. However would anyone buy a phone that can get Facebook, Twitter or now bbm? NOPE! So they would buy a blackberry! Windows phone would be practically obsolete and Blackberry's market share would double!

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AnotherBillJ

Your comment makes very little sense. iOS and Android both have BBM and I don't see people leaving those platforms because of a messaging app.
Nobody can argue that having BBM on Windows Phone and other Motorola phones is a win for everyone involved.

Cheers. :)

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birdman_38

BlackBerry's market share would double from 1% to 2%? Come on.

It's obvious they're focusing more on software and services.

Shadberry Bold

BBM hasn't been working on my Q10 since I did the most recent update. Doesn't even launch. I'm still waiting for a fix. And I'm not going to reinstall my os because of a bad update pushed out by BBRY. Their fault, make it right!!!!!! QUICKLY!!!!!!! Damn....

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birdman_38

What was the response from technical support?

AnotherBillJ

This is great news.

Cheers. :)

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mavsguy842

Knocking on Skype's front door. Good move BlackBerry.

Cornelius Puiulet2

Nice, now I can get my wife's HTC 8X on BBM

term101

I would like to see them allow multiple devices per user. I hate using my Nexus 7 and having to reach for my phone to see if I have a BBM message. I can't see why it would be so difficult to make it work now that it is tied to your BBID.

Kobe Barksdale

BlackBerry 10 could have been called BlackBerry X, come to think of it

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dracolnyte

Now maybe they will give us native skype

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wincyUt

Soon BBM will become a full fledged cross platform. Me likes!!!

koool1

What's Windows Phone?

;-)

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aafa

it's that OS ahead of BB :o

ypwandrews

This is good news. Glad to add more options for people to choose from. I know I sure missed BBM when I was using an HTC Arrive.

kye2000

Just to confirm, this will be windows phone 8 only won't it? Would really like to get my WP7 friends onto BBM

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Vampiro

"In Summer" ist definitely too late. People ain't waiting another 4 month for an App. BlackBerry should start thinking like a tech company. If i announce something, it has to be out the next day or at least the next week.

black.rhino

This was needed!

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SlackerKing

BBM on WP8 is GR8.

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Smitty13

Things just got real! :P

I think this is a very wise move by BB to make BBM truly cross platform. If you add desktop support, first for Windows, then perhaps for certain Linux flavours, I cannot see why people would choose another messaging platform.

All BB has to do at this point is keep chugging along and develop, develop, develop. The addition of BBM voice and channels as well as Glympse to iOS and Android was a big move, now I would just love to see video added and I would be all set.

playbook_swiper1

*crickets* Still waiting for BBM on Playbook. *crickets*

Notcho

Sweet I tell everyone I know with a Windows or Nokia phone....done!
#Nobody

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keypad

Superb strategic move, well done BlackBerry.

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ssbtech

Maybe Microsoft will bring Office to BB10 now.....

mkelley65

Office 365 already runs on BB10 (Android load). Well everything except OneNote.

ssbtech

Like I said, maybe they'll bring Office to BB10 ;)

mkelley65

Bring BBM to Tablets and Desktops and the world is your oyster.

adonesc

Good move! Besides it comes just in time as Nokia is releasing new devices. That Nokia Icon is pretty sweet looking. Of course not enough for me to even contemplate changing my Z10.

However if BlackBerry no longer manufactures devices in the future, going back to Nokia (which I owned for over 10 years prior to BlackBerry) would not be too bad.

My biggest problem is that I'm not a fan of Windows 8. I puke on the IOS and Android gives me the runs, but Windows is not much better!

I have been spoiled by BB10...

Cartman says: Screw you guys I'm going home!

canuckbear

BlackBerry soon to be top dog.

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niss63

This is good news. Looking for desktop compatibility and the ability to have it on multiple devices.

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lowellton

good move? for all platform? c'mon guys . how about our blackberry playbook? its qnx and guess what. no bbm. tsk tsk tsk. wake up bb developer.

jehar

thank you!

but when?? march or april????

Oglon3r

Nice move Blackberry!! Keep moving forward STRONG!