Round two - BBM now available for the iPhone

By James Richardson on 21 Oct 2013 02:16 pm EDT
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You may have noticed that the cross platform BBM roll out didn't quite go to plan. The good news is that BBM is now officially available to download for the iPhone. While currently many iPhone users will be more than happy (maybe) with iMessage or other cross platform messaging clients we may need to give them a nudge to download BBM which if free.

Like with the Android version, users won't have the same extent of features as us BlackBerry users, but they will be able to enjoy chats, groups and file exchanging - with further features such as Channels and BBM Voice/Video to follow in future updates.

Spread the word to all your iPhone friends and get them downloading BBM ASAP. They may need educating slightly but once they get familiar with the 'D' and 'R' I'm pretty sure they will be happy with the most secure instant messaging app around. 

So grab your BlackBerry and message all your iPhone buddies now. They can either head on over to BBM.com or why not send them this post where they can click the below link to download instantly. 

Download BBM for iPhone

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Round two - BBM now available for the iPhone

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I just changed my FB pic to a BBM symbol. If BlackBerry drops the ball on this one again. I'm going to f'n snap.

Posted via CB10

I'll believe it when I see it on my friends phone. Not gonna make a fool of myself again

Thorsten Out!!!

Good news gotta check this out, and I hope it spreads quickly need my bbm list back alive once more

Posted by z10 boss

Okay... the iTunes link on this article works but when I search on my device, in the app store, nothing comes up... wtf?!?!?

Okay... the iTunes link on this article works but when I search on my device, in the app store, nothing comes up... wtf?!?!?

I just downloaded it. Just gotta wait for the e-mail now. I feel like Charlie, trying to get into Willy Wonka Factory.

I'VE GOT THE GOLDEN TICKET!!!!!!!!!!

Don't work after download, just one screen with the language choice nothing else !? Anyone thus issue too ???

Posted via CB10

As long as they lack the "Video Sharing" in Groups BBM has no chance to 'overtake' Whatsapp as a daily driver for most ppl on Whatsapp

Too bad it's not compatible with iPods, I could use it to message my son when I'm at work. Oh well lol

Posted via my AzzazzinBerry (STL100-3/10.2.0.1761 with a few 10.2.1.575 tweaks)

It is also not compatible with my iPad mini (Wi-Fi only) either. It requires the Wi-Fi + cellular versions of the iPads. I downloaded the app then tried to install with the hope of testing it out over a Wi-Fi connection. An error message displays when you hit the install button in iTunes. I'm disappointed by this restriction.

So there's a wait to even use this messenger? Another fail by Blackberry. Why would they state it's available if you can't actually use it today? I have to wait to be emailed by Blackberry? I'm deleting the app.

For those that signed up for notifications they got it immediately. For those like yourself, you have to wait or buy a BlackBerry.

Posted via CB10

I had my daughter try and pull it up on her iPhone and it wasn't available to her. Columbus Ohio if it's a regional type of release.

Posted via CB10

No results came up when I searched the App Store on my phone. Had to follow a link to blackberry.com and download it through iTunes. Of course then I got "you're on the waiting list." I guess things have not changed.

Got it! BBMimg family in Canada from the UK on my iPhone. Cool to have, but not sure what the benefit is if you don't have people to contact who already use Blackberry.

voice, video and BB channels is not available for Android and iPhone yet, probably before year end, that was announced months ago.

For those that were not preregistered and only signed up today, how long is it taking to get fully activated after you submit your email address?

Posted via CB10 from my Q10 (SQN100-3)

I got it thru I Tunes, downloaded and it works. Go on #bbm4all and you will find some tweets with link to itunes, log in and download. Plug your IOS and it will be installed. Not much problems for me since I have BBM log in. All my contacts pulled automatically.

Just tried to download it on my iPhone. I got a message that said since so many people want it, there is a waiting list... so it is here, but not really.

If the Android users and iOS users don't like BBM, I guess they are weird.. instant messaging is equivalent to bbm-ing, period. Nothing else matches it..
I am so happy for you BlackBerry, plz don't fall anymore. :)

Posted via CB10

Got it, and it works for me. I'm connected with my entire list of BB-using friends. That list is a massive three people. Woo. Hoo.
yawn.

I tried to get my iphone buddy to load it but he said the reviews suck.... probably from the test version that did in fact suck. So likely not gonna be easy

Posted via CB10

I asked one of my friends to download it on his iPhone. He's on the waiting list. He's not too pleased there's even a waiting list.

We're both in Montreal.

Posted via CB10

Its available in the uk all my frends got it bbm is bak a lot of people again on my contacts ohh i fink wats app is gna get a big break now thanks blackberry

BlackBerry Z10 CB10 UK

works like a charm add me 7AE5B013 , but I have to mention it kinda feels akward I mean the bbm experience on my iPhone 5 , its not the same experience as on my Z10

Giving away this irrelevant app for free won't get this company anywhere. BBM has become an afterthought.

BlackBerry is dead! My S4 is so much better than Struggleberry 10.

The fact that you feel the need to make that comment on a BlackBerry dedicated forum just proves the opposite ;-) chill

Posted via the stunning Z30!

The funny thing is that you have to post this in every thread in a Blackberry Forum, I own a GS4, I know is one of the best phones out there, but I was expecting more when I bought it (Android OS is just meh), please people tell me how could I report this troll

Same comment on both the Android and the iOS article...

In the immortal words of Fall Out Boy: "BandWagon's full, please catch another!"

Just tried to run BBM on my iPad... So let me get this straight... I can BBM on my BlackBerry OR my iPad, but I can't do it on both (with the same ID)? When I try to use my BBID it says "Do you want to switch BBM to this device?" I canceled out of it.

Am I missing something? Did I miss read something?

Amazing... How can they screw this up that bad? The best part about iMessages was that I can read on my iPad, Mac and iPhone at the same time.

I guess BB hasn't figured out that people carry more then one device yet.

I was really looking forward to BBM, until I found this out. Oh well... I guess i'll stick with SMS/MMS and WhatsApp.

I still love my Q10, and don't think i'll be changing anytime soon.

BBM has always been a one ID per device application, the unique PIN helps keep it secure. The only way to get it across more than one device is via Bridge to a PlayBook...but that's just a screen share in a round about sort of way. I don't know why or where people thought BBM was going to be able to run all over the place with one ID, that was never stated (as was that it wouldn't be on an iPad/iPod)...BBM is not you're kids messenger...

Over in the UK the demand is so high on iPhone that my girlfriend has been placed in a "line" before she can download the app

CB10 on my Z10

So an ipod can download kik and every other texting app but not bbm??!! Ugh wanted my kids to have it.

AT&T Z10

Got it for my wife's iphone and when I try to send myself a photo from her phone it says file too large. Not good. They need to correct this asap.

Posted via CB10 from my Q10

Works great....already bbmed a few ppl including my wife. set it up for her and it works flawlessly. Very fast

Posted via CB10

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.....

I am using 3GS with ios 6 and its giving me problems... I have received the email and when i click on "I got email" it does'nt move further. Anybody facing same problems? Please help