BeBeMe Bursts on to the BlackBerry Scene ... Kind of

BeBeMe
By Adam Zeis on 14 Sep 2009 12:42 pm EDT
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As bloggers our duty is to carry forth the news of the BlackBerry world and pass it along to the CrackBerry Nation. We are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest, and try to keep everyone in the loop the second something new comes along. This morning I had a mixed emotion when I received this tweet from a new service called BeBeMe. At first I wrote it off as spam since it just magically popped up on my timeline (along with numerous other users timelines apparently), but after looking into it I discovered it was actually a new service and it piqued my interest. Unfortunately I didn't get too far. I did read over their press release from this morning and learned that the service apparently lets you convert your BB PIN and email to an "alias" and use their features such as a global address book, IM and RSS content. I couldn't for the life of me find a sign-up link on the page, and after numerous attempts to "See if your BeBeMe is available" with handles such as azeis, adam and even my PIN - I was told all were unavailable. I had no idea what BeBeMe wanted, but finally put in one of the numbers in the "range" on the lower portion of the page. I entered 8001 and was told it is available ... for $2,800! What?! I don't get what is going on with BeBeMe. This isn't so much of a rant as it is a plea for someone to please explain what BeBeMe is all about and what service it actually provides. Check it out for yourself at BeBeMe.com.

Topics: News & Rumors

57 comments

pearlthemes

I checked to see what my phone number would cost for the number range. Only $300. I guess lower the number the more it costs.

BBThemes

strange, 8001 was coming out at $1960 for me (just wanted to see if someone had bought it!) on the plus side 6543234 was free, if only i knew what to do with it???

HonestySpeaks

I entered my B-day, and it was free... it was of course 7 digits and started with a 6 lol and i have no clue as to what the hell to do with it.... I'm not sure if I will actually DL the app.. maybe i will just to try it. Could just be my paranoia, but their twitter alone just seems sorta spammy...

shalea#IM

OK. I just checked and a random number, 4168248, was free. Now, If I secure this number, what can I do w/it?

Do I give this number out instead of my PIN - i.e. for security purposes?

framos8

i did 568409 and it said it was free

mrgadgetboy

yeah, looks weird, I have /no/ idea what the frick they're really doing…and no, I will not pay thousands of dollars for a number, didn't even pay that much for my BB…

cide2life

BeBeMe™What is BeBeMe?
BeBeMe is a social network and a new global identification system for BlackBerry users. It’s a global address book where the BlackBerry users can be reached easily by converting PIN and Emails to an easy to remember Number or Name and makes it easy to add friends to their BlackBerry Messenger and contact list.

BeBeMe™ simplifies sharing a handset's Personal Identification Number (PIN), enabling everyone to communicate more conveniently with friends, with communities, anywhere in the world.

BeBeMe™ offers many value added services, including storing all contacts online, interacting via personal profile pages on www.bebeme.com, and maintaining the same BeBeMe™ account regardless of whether a handset is broken, lost or upgraded.

With the way everyone communicates continuing to evolve, BeBeMe™ helps everyone to connect.

It’s free. It’s instant. It’s fun. And it has no boundaries.

missadrienneg

why are there amounts associated with a number?

HonestySpeaks

I just read this prior to downloading:

"This application supports trackball devices with BlackBerry® operating system 4.6.x or 4.7.x. (To check your operating system, go to Options->About on your BlackBerry® smartphone.) Support for the BlackBerry® Storm and for operating system 5.0 is coming soon."

So it won't work on my Curve... oh well, it looks sketchy anyway lol

cide2life

so basically the less numbers the easier to remember it. thats why you pay so much for such a low number. Imagine how much it would be for #1? lol

Dasher89

"It’s free. It’s instant. It’s fun. And it has no boundaries."

That's a quote from the sites about section. That's funny that they basically told you that it would be $2800. Makes premium app pricing look good haha.

derande

absolutely ridiculous.

jglee311

i'd just like to know if anyone in their right mind has actually paid that much money.....for a freakin' number?!?!?

philip.stinger

I checked it out... # 8999 is available for $3,500.00. The about section claims free and easy... last I checked $3,500 wasn't free.

daveu772

why would you use this?

xxxxpradaxxxx

This... is just... plain... dumb.

1magine

other than a blurb to say please avoid this application. Honestly - we don't need any more overpriced crab.(p)

Plazmic Flame

Yes, we definitely don't need any more overpriced crabs, lmao!!

DeeBee85

Your interest was piqued, not peaked.

Adam Zeis

Thats the 3rd time I've done that .. I never learn from my mistakes :/

rbrodeur

This BeBeMe seems to be a HUGE scam. Like it says in the about them page, it's a free service but then they want to charge $3500 for a number? Sorry, I'll just PIN for free!

jprice

If your BeBeMe is Free then you don’t have to purchase it. More than 85% of BeBeMes are free.

I have yet to find a free one

alicklee

omg this is the new scam lets scam bb user the new age in scam lol damnit someone should report these guys
i wonder if anyone has even paid anything to these guys and if they did i feel sorry for them

Rynac

I found a free one, the problem is I dont want to give them my pin to see what the thing is aobut lol... anyone sign up for a free one yet? is it just basically facebook for BB?

Chris.Bachman

I got one for free when I entered 4940425. Never put in any credit card information, just my name and home address. If someone else has an account let me know and we'll see if we can figure out what this service does.

edit: Just created a new group, Crackberry.

drowens

I managed to find my birthday as well for free. At the billing page I just didn't enter any billing info. Just my email and site password. It's free for a year but it was $250 for 5!

---EDIT---
The BeBeMe is 5261989

pseudolith

My birthday was free to register as well

BeBeMe is 561987

I'm intrigued by this..

iLovemy_bb

Well...I went to the website and type in a number in the 500,000-899,999 range and it came out to cost $100.00. This site is highly confusing. I will check the press release for more info and I will google/dogpile this new entity to so what we're dealing with...will check back with details.

Chris.Bachman

Ok so I've added both of you. It looks like when you create a group it's just for personal use to manage contacts, i.e. Friends, Family, Work, Crackberry Members, etc. I have a Storm 9530 so I can't use the mobile app as of now. Do either of you have the app installed? What features can you use it for? The website seems pretty limited as far as communication goes for now.

pseudolith

well, from the mobile app, there isn't even a menu to message you, or update my status... or anything really. i can either put you in a group, or delete you.

i didnt see an option anywhere to link my pin with this thing....

pseudolith

i have BBM5... that could be the issue

iLovemy_bb

I found a random number that worked. My 'FREE' number is 6782364. This is the primary way to find users. Idk how to find groups but this website is confusing and I feel like I'm in an empty world.

iLovemy_bb

I'm sending requests with the message 'CrackBerry connection. Do not be alarmed by the randomness.

iLovemy_bb

I'm sending requests with the message 'CrackBerry connection. Do not be alarmed by the randomness.

iLovemy_bb

I'm sending requests with the message 'CrackBerry connection. Do not be alarmed by the randomness.

watkinsmd

Interesting App, After visiting the developers site, I noticed that there are many user ID's available at no COST at all and obtained one without entering any CC info. There is a good bit of info in their FAQ section on the website and essentially they are selling many ID's that are very easy to remember for anywhere from $100-$3000+. As I said earlier, I am still trying to figure out exactly what the jist of this program is, and did finally search enough number sets until I found one that was available for free and went ahead and filled out my profile. After I logged back in, I did a seach by state and noticed that there are only a few people that have signed up so depending on how popular the site becomes, go ahead and grab a free USER ID while you can. I hope this helps anyone else that is perplexed by the intentions of the site, but just to give you an idea my id # is 5025465.

I am sure if you entered 5025466 it would be FREE and available. If you try entering a set of numbers such as your birthday or something catchy and easy (within their parameters) it will say Unavailable or available to purchase at "X" amount of dollars. So if anyone else sings up let me know and send me a request to 5025465!

Justin

watkinsmd

ok so there are more available for free than i thought haha i am getting a bunch just in case this site somehow blows up and we can resell them haha

ADD ME 6350595

Justin

zsnowangel

Worst main page for any product ever.

Jamahaffey

Will someone add me so I can see how this works, 512346?

Summett

Jenny must have got it first! =-)

c0rinne

Well, I signed up. I almost used my birthday, except I change the first number to a 4.

I still don't know what it's for though.

HugeHungDaddy

Why not just memorize your PIN? Is that asking too much?

wolman1234

The only free aliases are 6digit ramdom numbers, not much easier to remeber then a pin. I choose 668877 and it was $1,050.00, they can keep it.

MooseManDan

Reviewing the Faq, why would you not use Spell-check? I stopped counting the errors I found. Maybe it's just me, but I want to be sure a company is legit before I post my credit card with them...and spell-check is a good way to earn my business. Most professional establishments will review their site for errors before posting.

Hello BeBeMe, copy and paste in a word document and then hit the ABC icon...just my 1 and a 1/2 cents. :)

Nazarius

651981

invite me to that crackberry group. let's see how this site works

djeze

i got in, i have and easier way of getting free ones. let me know if i can help u guys. ohh btw add me BBMe 704013

BeBeMe

Hi all,

Firstly, I appreciate your interest in BeBeMe and can assure you that our service is genuine.

I think ‘watkinsmd’ (Date: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 16:22 ) makes a useful point…that our FAQs (spelling errors have been corrected, MooseManDan) provide a better understanding of what we do.
Here is a link to them but I would also like to take some time to explain BeBeMe to you all myself.

Essentially, we are providing software that lets BlackBerry®Messenger users customize their PIN and email into an alias that is more memorable and will stay with you for life, regardless of whether you lose, break, or purchase a new handset. At the moment 85% of the aliases BeBeMe offers are FREE and the rest you have to pay for. The system operates in a similar way to personalized number plates for cars – the more popular your alias, the more it costs.

Once you have registered with BeBeMe and downloaded your software you then have access to a range of social networking services, including a customized webpage, global address book, RSS content, and posting and blogging capabilities for managing discussions.

Because BeBeMe works alongside BlackBerry®Messenger you can still contact other BeBeMe users and add them to your existing network. You can also arrange contacts into groups like some of you have already done with the ‘Crackberry’ group.

We launched BeBeMe to meet the growing demand for more memorable PINs and our research showed that because of the growing popularity of BBM many people are already going to great lengths to get the best PINs. We also thought it would be great if you could keep the same BBM alias for life.

I understand that with any new application there is always skepticism, especially when it comes to pricing strategies, but there are still many, many FREE aliases available.
And responding to the post by ‘daveastra’ (Date: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 11:57) sadly there was an error in our system, which we have now fixed.

Do keep your comments and further suggestions coming, and please look out for name aliases which are coming soon…

Many thanks

John Burnett
Chief corporate officer at BeBeMe

sherbert

Just registered for free with 6543216 - will add a few people to see what this does - add me with pleasure.

Simeon

tobyamlong

I'm wondering if, to make some money, BeBeMe are going to sting members after their free BeBeMe first year subscription expires by saying to keep their number they now have to pay "£xxx". That would be bad.

johnjrose

I pulled this from their About page:

BeBeMe™What is BeBeMe?
BeBeMe is a social network and a new global identification system for BlackBerry users. It’s a global address book where the BlackBerry users can be reached easily by converting PIN and Emails to an easy to remember Number or Name and makes it easy to add friends to their BlackBerry Messenger and contact list.

BeBeMe™ simplifies sharing a handset's Personal Identification Number (PIN), enabling everyone to communicate more conveniently with friends, with communities, anywhere in the world.

BeBeMe™ offers many value added services, including storing all contacts online, interacting via personal profile pages on www.bebeme.com, and maintaining the same BeBeMe™ account regardless of whether a handset is broken, lost or upgraded.

With the way everyone communicates continuing to evolve, BeBeMe™ helps everyone to connect.

It’s free. It’s instant. It’s fun. And it has no boundaries.

Sign up now, and join in.

Bizoink

So 8999 is like $3,500... but whats the service contact. 5 years for $210... can I just pay (not that I would) $210 for 5 years instead of $3500 cause at $210/5year you could have it for like 80 years.... lol

sherbert

Joined, Installed, linked - now removing -

What a load of cr*p - you cannot do anything with it - sorry to those people I linked to, I am removing this POS.

Simeon.

chocalickbrown

http://www.bebeme.com/about.aspx

found a description of what BeBEME does:

About BeBeMe™blackberry userguide

BeBeMe™What is BeBeMe?
BeBeMe is a social network and a new global identification system for BlackBerry users. It’s a global address book where the BlackBerry users can be reached easily by converting PIN and Emails to an easy to remember Number or Name and makes it easy to add friends to their BlackBerry Messenger and contact list.

BeBeMe™ simplifies sharing a handset's Personal Identification Number (PIN), enabling everyone to communicate more conveniently with friends, with communities, anywhere in the world.

BeBeMe™ offers many value added services, including storing all contacts online, interacting via personal profile pages on www.bebeme.com, and maintaining the same BeBeMe™ account regardless of whether a handset is broken, lost or upgraded.

With the way everyone communicates continuing to evolve, BeBeMe™ helps everyone to connect.

It’s free. It’s instant. It’s fun. And it has no boundaries.

Sign up now, and join in.