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BlackBerry Apps | 383 Comments BBM 2.1 now available for BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices As expected, the latest version of BBM will begin rolling out today across BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices. BBM 2.1 brings with it BBM Stickers as well as some new features like pictures in multi-person chats and larger file transfers of up to 16MB. The stickers will be available in both...

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Sep 29, 2014 CrackBerry Asks: Are you still using WhatsApp now that BBM is on all major mobile platforms?
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BBM vs WhatsApp

Here within the CrackBerry community there are always going to be WhatsApp haters, but also lovers. From a personal perspective I think BBM is much better in so many ways, but I still continue to have WhatsApp installed for three or four iPhone users that won't use BBM for whatever reason.

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Sep 26, 2014 Monthly Active Users for BBM grows to 91 million
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BBM continues to grow after having gone multi platform. Announced during the Q2 fiscal 2015 earnings call, Monthly Active Users for BBM grew from the previous 85 million to what is now 91 million. While there was no breakdown of where those users were gained, it's still great to see that BBM is continuing to grow. With new value added services such as BBM Protected and BBM Money continuing to roll out, that number is sure to grow even more. Of course, BBM stickers are probably helping a bit as well.

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Sep 25, 2014 Mini Marilyn and Garfield stickers arrive in the BBM Shop!
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If you happened to open up the BBM Stickers shop tonight you might have noticed two new packs are now available to purchase for $1.99. The first is that finicky feline Garfield, known for his distaste of Mondays and his predilection for lasagna. For those who are a fan of the beloved comic strip this set includes all of the characters you know and love including John, Odie, and Arlene. There are also a few fun poses by the famous fat cat himself.

The other pack is Mini Marilyn by Authentic Brands Group. It chronicles her many adventures whether she's with her dog Maf, taking selfies with friends, or recreating the iconic shot of Marilyn Monroe herself.

So what are you waiting for? Be sure to grab them now.

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Sep 19, 2014 Cowabunga! TMNT and Sponge Bob stickers arrive in the BBM Shop!
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A little Friday fun has now appeared in the BBM Shop. I suspected they would be arriving, given they started appearing last night but finally, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and SpongeBob Squarepants BBM stickers have now finally arrived. With the TMNT pack, you get the usual suspects including Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello and Shredder, all for $1.99.

If TMNT aren't your flavor, well there's also SpongeBob SquarePants as well but that pack for some reason is priced higher than normal with it setting you back $2.99. It does of course include SpongeBob, Patrick and more. I leave you with this video.

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Sep 18, 2014 BlackBerry to expand BBM Money services in Indonesia to Android and iOS
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BBM Money

Although BBM Money was announced back in 2013, we've not really heard much about it on a large level but BlackBerry is now finally ready to make some more moves with it and has announced a series of new initiatives today that will enhance the mobile payment capabilities for users of BBM. Initiatives they note will, take the ability to connect and share using BBM Money one step further and introduce BBM Money to Android and iOS smartphone users in Indonesia.

BlackBerry has also announced a new partnership with TransferTo, the leading global provider of international airtime remittance, which will enable users to send prepaid mobile credit to their contacts overseas, seamlessly from within the BBM app. TransferTo works with over 350 MNO's in 100+ countries, reaching over 3.6 billion prepaid users. Additionally, the new BBM Money app will enable payments in participating retail stores and online, while continuing to benefit from bank-grade security measures including passcodes and encryption while also leveraging BlackBerry security.

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Sep 11, 2014 Someone sent a wish out through the air, Care Bear stickers arrive in the BBM Shop!
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A new BBM sticker pack has arrived in the BBM Shop and it appears as though someone sent a wish out through the air. Prepare to do the Care Bear countdown, because this time around it's the Care Bears. Grumpy Bear, Bedtime Bear, Birthday Bear, Cheer Bear and more are available in this sticker pack, which is priced at $1.99 and filtering through to the BBM Shop right now. Yes, I bought it in case you were wondering. That said, I'll leave you with this glorious video.

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Sep 06, 2014 New BBM Android app update fixes 'Temporary Server Error' bug
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BlackBerry has released a quick update to its BBM messaging app for Android in order to fix a bug that was found after the company released the 4.2 update on Thursday.

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Sep 04, 2014 Disney Pixar Collection and Baby Boop stickers arrive in the BBM Shop
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I'm really starting to wonder just how much money BlackBerry is actually pulling in from adding stickers to BBM. It seems each week we get at least two brand new sticker packs for BBM and this week is no different.

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Aug 29, 2014 BBM Buddies Stickers now available - and free!
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Buddies

Yesterday we saw the Disney Princess and Play sticker packs show up in the BBM Shop and today we get another and this a free one. BBM Buddies is from BlackBerry themselves and is a selection of ten stickers that incorporate your favorite BBM Buddies.

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Aug 28, 2014 New BBM Stickers: Disney Princess Collection and Play
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A new batch of BBM Stickers have arrived and this time around, we get Disney Princess Collection and a new Play pack by Alex Stsiazhyn. With the princess pack, you get Snow White, Ariel, Belle Pocahontas, Jasmine and more for the typical $1.99.

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Aug 15, 2014 Cartoon Network's Regular Show stickers now available in the BBM Shop
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Fan of the Cartoon Network's Regular Show? If so, you'll want to hit the BBM Shop and check out the Regular Show BBM stickers that have now arrived and are available for for $1.99. All your faves from the show are there including of course, Mordecai and Rigby but also Benson, Pops, Muscle Man. Overall there's 20 to choose from and if that doesn't fill your needs, you'll also find the BBM Happy icon emoticon pack available for $.99.

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Aug 14, 2014 BlackBerry aims to monetize BBM Protected, $30/year after free 30 day trial
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With BBM Protected now available, the plans to monetize the service and BBM as a whole are starting to show. The folks over at BB10.ch have obtained the sign up documents for BBM Protected showing that BES 5 and BES 10 users are getting a free 30 day trial of the BBM Protected valid only between July 30 and October 31, 2014.

The sign up process is all rather easy but the monetization part comes in when the free trial is over. According to the Terms and Conditions, after the free trial is up customers who wish to continue using the service will be charged $29.99 USD per user per year (plus applicable taxes) for all users active sixty days from the Start Date. A plan that was also confirmed by BlackBerry India's MD, Sunil Lalwani previously.

Via: BerryReview

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Aug 12, 2014 New BBM update rolling out through BlackBerry World brings new ways to add contacts
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To go along with the iOS update to BBM from earlier today, BlackBerry has also pushed out an update for BlackBerry 10 users, For some folks, it's not going to be a new release as it it appears this version might have came with 10.2.2 if you loaded that. However, most folks should be seeing v10.3.43.9 provided you're running 10.2.1 and not some other leaked or developer build. Long story short, if you're running a stock device, you should be seeing an update. If you're not running stock, you may already have it.

As for the changes, well it's all the things that were in the previous BlackBerry Beta Zone build such as the new add contact screen, where you can choose PIN, Email, Barcode, SMS and even invite folks from your address book to download BBM. On top of that, there's also additional support for BBM Protected and the usual 'bug fixes and improvements'.

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Aug 07, 2014 FC Barcelona stickers arrive in the BBM Shop!
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Good news for all you FC Barcelona fans out there. If you head on into the BBM Shop, you should find a new batch of FC Barcelona BBM stickers available for purchase. The set rings up at the usual price of $1.99 and it has around 20 stickers in it including what is sure to be some fan favorites of Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr., Marc-André Ter Stegen, Gerard Piqué Bernabeu and more.

The stickers are available now and make sure you follow the FC Barcelona channel at PIN C0027665E. Also, BBM romance is showing up as well for $.99 but I'm not entirely sure if that's new or it has just showed up for me today.

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Jul 31, 2014 Well blow me down, Popeye stickers arrive in the BBM Shop
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Another batch of BBM stickers has now arrived in the BBM Shop and this time around, Popeye joins the party. Just as with most other BBM sticker packs, this one costs $1.99 and is available right now. In total, there's 20 stickers to choose from including Olive Oyl, Swee'pea, Bluto and of course, Popeye.

If Popeye isn't of interest, the BBM team has also added another batch of the usual BBM emoticons as well, this time around covering Expressions, which is available for only $.99. Popeye might be regional but expressions should be available to everyone, so keep that in mind if you're not seeing it.

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Jul 29, 2014 BBM Protected walkthrough and hands-on with Jeff Gadway
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As part of the BlackBerry Security Summit held in NYC, we got to catch up with Jeff Gadway from the BBM Product Marketing team to learn more about BBM Protected, how it works and what to expect in the future updates for the secure enterprise messaging service. If you're not familiar with BBM Protected, it provides an enhanced security model for BBM messages sent between BlackBerry smartphones and is the only secure mobile instant messaging app that uses a FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic library.

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Jul 25, 2014 BBM for Windows Phone beta saw 10,000 signups within 24 hours
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Over at the Inside BlackBerry Blog today, Matthew Talbot Senior Vice President, Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry has detailed some information about where BlackBerry is hoping to take BBM in the long term and the overall cross-platform strategy of the app. The post highlights a lot of interesting stuff such as his recent trip to Jakarta and seeing billboards advertising devices as coming with BBM.

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Jul 24, 2014 Pink Panther and Duck Dynasty stickers arrive in the BBM Shop
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It was about time for another round of stickers to arrive and if you're a fan of old school Pink Panther or Duck Dynasty, prepare to say goodbye to a $1.99. Yup, the Pink Panther and the Robertson family have arrived in the BBM shop. Joining the Pink Panther in his number of different images, you'll also find Inspector Clouseau. As for the Duck Dynasty crew, Willie, Uncle Si, Jase and even Miss Kay are all available. The packs do seem regional but you all know how to work around that by now.

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Jul 22, 2014 New BBM update arrives in the Beta Zone, brings new way to add contacts
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New BBM Beta Zone update brings new way to add contracts

BlackBerry has been busy working on BBM. We've just seen an update to the BBM beta on Windows Phone but it seems a beta update has landed for BlackBerry 10 users too. There isn't much to this update but it does bring about a new way to add BBM contacts. There is a new Add Contact screen where you can seemingly add contacts from a suggested list or send an invite to a contact to their e-mail address. Even the scan barcode screen has been tweaked too.

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Jul 17, 2014 BBM Beta goes live on the Windows Phone Store
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BBM Beta goes live in Windows Phone Store

If you've joined the BBM Beta program for Windows Phone, there's good news. The BlackBerry Messenger app is now live and ready to be downloaded in the Windows Phone Store, allowing Windows Phone customers to message friends on the BBM service. Of course, most folks here won't care as everyone already has BBM on their BlackBerry but hey, you can tell any Windows Phone folks you know it's being tested and put through its paces.

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Jul 14, 2014 Infographic shows the BBM Top 10 countries with World Cup Football Fever
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Infographic shows the BBM Top 10 countries with World Cup Football Fever

The World Cup for 2014 is now over. One month, 64 matches, 32 countries. Germany emerged as the world champions after beating Argentina 1-0 in the final. It's great to see the world come together when events like these happen. And if you're like me, you may have tweeted during every match you watched or you may have been part of a BBM Group dedicated to World Cup talk. Over the weekend, BlackBerry released an infographic on BBM usage during the all the World Cup matches played up until July 3rd, 2014.

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Jul 11, 2014 Windows Phone BBM beta test program already filled up
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BBM

BlackBerry is no longer taking sign ups for the closed beta test of its upcoming BBM app for Windows Phone, with users now being asked to register for a waitlist.

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Jul 10, 2014 BlackBerry Beta Zone now accepting sign ups for BBM beta on Windows Phone
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As expected due to the app having arrived on the Windows Phone Store under private beta status, BlackBerry has now announced their open, external beta for BBM on Windows Phone. As noted on the Inside BlackBerry Blog, BBM on Windows Phone will bring a fresh new native look & feel having been specifically designed for Windows Phone.

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