Custom BBM PINS could be coming but would you pay for them?

By Bla1ze on 8 Mar 2014 08:48 am EST
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Now that sponsored invites are already rolling out to beta testers, the BBM team is already looking at other ways to monetize BBM. One way noted in a recent survey sent out was the possibility of being able to customize your very own BlackBerry PIN, so instead of getting a bunch of random numbers and letters, you could potentially assign whatever you wanted as your PIN presumably with some exceptions.

If you were able to personalize your BBM PIN (e.g., 11112222, COOLDUDE, BB3RRY10), how interested would you be in customizing it?
 

The survey goes on to ask whether or not you would pay for the option but considering that's a closed survey and not everyone can take part in it, we figured we'd run a poll for the masses. Personally, I'd probably pay a one-time fee to have a custom PIN but if it was an ongoing cost then I'd be less likely to use it. Have your say in the poll below.

252 comments

BB10user07

Awesome Idea..i will pay for it if it's priced resoanbily

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morpho4444

Yeah you blind fan... I actually need something I can use... you give me my custom pin, I pay for it but I want it to be able to use it on any BB at the same time. I dont want to be switching back and fort

spikesolie

Seriously? ^ blind fan? A blind fan would pay for it regardless of the price

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megajo123

AKA people who buy IPhones. And Kevin, Kevin would get a custom pin even if it costs $75 000

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johnnyuk

I often wonder if Kevin actually claims such things back on expenses. ;)

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CDM76

I'd bet my a Q20 on it.

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morpho4444

don't compare level of blindness. An Apple blind fan is far from a BBRY blind fan. Son, I was born before your times, I know what I'm talking about. A BB Fan still has some degree of decency.

BlueHeel

After frequently reading on here daily, I would have to disagree with your final statement.

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BlueHeel

However, that was the case at one time.

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NotGoodIMO

This is an awesome idea. One time fee for consumers, subscription fee for businesses. Business need much more visibility with cool name to gain user base. This would be really good for the channels. For consumers, it's just a convenience thing.

Prem WatsApp

The PIN can not just be on a subscription and then handed to someone else. It must be one-off fee, and not transferable.

Imagine Barack Obama or Bernie Eccleston had a custom PIN, how Jihadists or rabid F1 fans would kill to get their hands on a custom PIN, if it ever got released after they cancelled their subscription. And people will still send messages to these PINs, that might only be intended for the original recipient.

Huge security and privacy implications.

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Jerky223

BlackBerry users have some commonsense and are not blind.
This would be like a vanity license plate. Something that is unique to the person that wants it. Like when Facebook started the unique URL for users.

BTW, if you want blind loyalty, read the article by The Telegraph that shows how blind iPhone users are.
Basically, iPhone owners will buy anything Apple makes.

http://www. telegraph.co.uk /technology/apple/10632787/iPhone-owners-admit-having-blind-loyalty-to-Apple.html

JoeGrimeX

So I can receive messages that were sent to my PIN on all 5 of my BlackBerry devices? I think that's a bit redundant, I'll pass. One device at a time for my PIN, thank you.

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TranceRomance

I think it's a great idea. I think a pay per change or something would be cool.

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arthursim

I don't think that's worth more than a dollar or two.

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gregorylkelly

It depends. For you, it's only worth a dollar. For me it's worth noting. However, for a business that is looking to enhance it's brand, having an advertising or helpdesk BBM pin that is customized could be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars. For Coca-Cola to have a BBM pin that was "COKE" that sent out broadcast messages to everyone that added that very easy pin would love to be able to use this.

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Double_J75

Bingo. I'd pay a few bucks.

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niss63

Good point. No squatting, though.

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johnm137

Me too

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mavsguy842

People pay for custom license plates, some would definitely pay for custom PINs. Not a high percentage, but if it was cheap to implement why not? Even if it's slightly less than break-even it increases engagement and user commitment.

dtuivs

Wow, haven't thought about our pins like license plates. That's good!

Prem WatsApp

People here pay like $500 for a "personalised number plate " here in Queensland. "Vanity plates"

And there also seems like a market for them, even if it's only unofficial. I saw KFC123, BUGGY, 12PET, DA DUCK, V1V14N and lots more.

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Pilot Prop

it the Personal PINS were at a reasonable price i'd pay for it.

shai404

Pay!

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Anthony Roberts5

Of course I would but nothing more than 5 to 10 bucks for a custom pin...I think anything less isn't really profitable for BlackBerry....

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Puz_zled

I believe it would pretty much ALL be profit for BlackBerry, which they need and I am willing to bet the only cost for them would be in the coding required to set up a page where choosing your custom pin can be interfaced with the customer. Once assigned the pin would be just like any other as far as BlackBerry is concerned.

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subclavian

one time fee not a problem, should not be more than $5. if subscription then, that will not gain momentum most likely.

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Puz_zled

Totally agree with this. I would get a custom pin for that price, but not for much more than that.

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HaberNik

It could not be a subscription based. What happens if your payment bounces? Do you lose your pin and all messages just get lost in the ether? Can someone buy a pin that is no longer in use? What does that mean for everyone that had the pin as a contact from the previous owner? It has to be a one time and that PIN would never be able to be used again.

That being said, think of premium they could get in an auction of vanity PINS! One time only, lifetime ownership up for grabs; would this not cause high demand for some?

Tapped and flicked from my BlackBerry Z30!

Puz_zled

I like this too. Auction certain pre selected generic "vanity" pins that you could anticipate will get high demand volume. Nice!

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gregorylkelly

They could tier price pins. A smart algorithm could be written to assess the attraction to pins based on the number of letters or numbers it contains, words formed, repeated letters and numbers, etc. Therefore, a pin spelling a name might cost $5, but "aaaaaaa" might cost $10. I'm not sure what things would draw more interest, but research can be done to see what type of pins will draw the most demand, and price those the highest.

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HaberNik

They could have a pin auction channel. Push notifications of vanity PINS now up for auction.

Can I get some credit for this? :)

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kennyiceberry

Guess the device could automatically revert back to a generic pin that was temporarily associated with the custom pin, in the event that a subscription stopped being paid. That way the former owner of the custom pin could still receive their messages and whatnot. But yeah, it's messy. The subscription model wouldn't be ideal from a customer experience point of view. That seems to suggest to me, that in order for the idea to be worth BlackBerry's while, it would have to be priced at more than a few bucks and be a permanent possession.

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bb_prof

In countries where people pay for car license plates, special phone numbers ...etc this would be definitely interesting for them

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Berryesque

Exactly. From where I am it is routine news for people to be paying millions (that's in dollars) for mere mobile numbers / license plates.

JhonHartQnx

Count me in BlackBerry

Z10 my baby...

m3ach

Would definitely pay a small one off fee for this

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Thirdie Palma

I'd love that! And I hope CB rolls out a contest for it, too! 100 winners would be fine and I should be one of the winners since I suggested it. Haha! :)

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muker1515

I would contemplate it.

Sent from my white Z30 in canada

Prem WatsApp

Contem-plate!

Or -pin!

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tufcustomer

No I would not.

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THBW

Yes, sure. I think some people would pay 2-5 dollars. It's a nice way of bringing in a bit of revenue in a clever, non intrusive manner. This is the key. I really like the way BBM is developing and being clever. There is some real thinking going on. Clearly something has changed at BlackBerry in terms of social engagement.

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diann23

Waste of money

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Anthony Roberts5

Why is it a waste of money?? This would ( ideal for a business man who gives out his pin and could easily remember it for life....peopke pay for custom license plates here in Canada....anything to give blackberry some money for a positive quarter I'm all for it

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Bla1ze

Business owners would use it for sure plus, if it's easier to share your PIN then usage increases.

Puz_zled

Ooh, idea! Start pricing custom pins really high ($25 or $50)so that those who want to make sure they get one in particular to help Business brand awareness can get it, but at a price higher than the avg consumer would be willing to pay for the novelty of having a custom pin. Because once issued that pin is gone. No two alike. Publish a declining price scale in advance so everybody knows what prices will be in 1 month ,2 months, 3 months etc so prices decline on a transparent preset scale. What you don't know is IF the pin you want will still be available. Some may decide to have what they want at an earlier higher price, just so they can have it. Others will wait til it's cheaper and pick one from what's left. BlackBerry only gets one shot at rolling out the option of custom pins, this might enable the fairest most revenue generating way of doing it. Needs to be supported with awareness marketing in advance.....at least some.

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PKPDBERRYADDICT

I see the day where phone numbers no longer exists you just contact the person using their pin or unique name identifier. When you change sims in another country you still log with your unique ID and people won't have to know your new number they still have access to you...

Anthony Roberts5

Hit it right on the nail thanks bredrin!! :)

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insurancebroker

I would definitely use it for business. I don't think BBM can do this right now but I would like to have the ability to use multiple PINS on my BBM, much like having multiple Twitter accounts. I want to keep my personal BBM separate from my work BBM but would like them consolidated on my BBM. Is there anyway to do that right now?

Puz_zled

I guess BES with eBBM provides the work BBM and then BBM on the personal side is free to be all personal contacts. That's the only solution I've heard of with multiple BBM on same device.

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wjrcoop

haha nice!! I couldn't care less what my pin is, but I could see this selling. I usually scan barcodes, or tap links, so I can't even remember the last time I typed in a pin. But as I said ... this will sell !!

BBUK14

Friendly spell check: 'Pins'...

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MidnightSociety

I like the idea. A way to generate revenue. Would I partake? Not sure yet. Definitely a nice idea.

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H_O_Boomaye

This is a good idea. It seems easy enough to implement and if it makes sense financially on both sides, why wouldn't it take off? Customization is the name of the game.

I could see this being big in the middle east. When I lived in Doha, people paid big bucks for things that customized. I can also see this as a way to target a younger demo.

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BBUK14

I would definitely consider paying for a custom pin as it would make sharing my pin much easier by word of mouth. Great idea.

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sandman10

Hi, I would pay a fee. And I would PAY for friggin blackberry to sell me some merchandise, like hats, shirts, jackets, and more. They want to take my money. Please provide more ways to do this!!

Puz_zled

They really should have a BlackBerry Swag Shop as one of their Channels. Transactions through BBM money. I would like to do my Christmas shopping, so let's get crackin'!

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Koepman

Sry, it's dumb idea..

Since 2010 

Dave Bourque

No it isn't. It's easy money for BlackBerry. Some people want this.

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TheStoryUp

Is this for making derogatory comments on "Sexy Girl in Yoga Pants"

Zed30

TheStoryUp

Did you even read the article? Lol obviously not

Zed30

TheStoryUp

Lol no don't want that, I first thought that we were going to be able to buy a second PIN that we could use on the same phone.

Zed30

BBUK14

The subscription model seems likely to be troublesome. What if people want to cancel? Seems a hassle to have people's pins switching back and forth.

I wouldn't make it too cheap either. Making it slightly 'expensive' will make it a bit more exclusive and 'sexy' to begin with perhaps...

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GeneralHerzog

Sign me up!!!

I have a custom plate. I'd get the same PIN. Would be great!!

From my Vader Zed

cocoastclair

I wouldn't mind having my own personalized pin. I would pay for it
2 -5 dollars

Z 10 STL 100-4 / 10.2.1.1925

mokimoki

Sure, everything can't be free.

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wincyUt

I will pay for customized BBM pins in a heart beat and hopefully its transferable too, so when I change devices I can use it on whichever I elect. :)

Observation Junkie

Totally agree

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Brian Persaud

I don't even know my current bbm pin off hand.

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BBCruzer

There's money out there and people who like to spend it, therefore this idea will work. Businesses and organizations would buy it into too. It's one way to monetize BBM.

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prplhze2000

Definitely would do it

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Peter Morris

Might be interested if it was transferable between multiple phones at will.

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Drentz

This looks like a pathetic way for BlackBerry to generate money. When people are able to choose what ever name they like on other platforms, this seems like BlackBerry is begging for money. Or stooping to a low level to make money.
BlackBerry device owners can't have the perception of being exclusive if BlackBerry is begging for money at every turn.
I love BlackBerry but this seems a bit low class to charge for a username.

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THBW

And how exactly do you choose your phone number. Oh right you don't unless you are willing to pay big dollars. PINs will be of more value in a few years than phone numbers. It's not rocket science.

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Dave Bourque

It's called a service. this service of changing pins at will cannot be free. Are you able to change licence plate numbers for free?

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jdmcleod22

More so moving from personal customized pins to channels having the ability to customize. I would pay a couple of bucks for my own personal pin but I am sure people and businesses that want to promote their channel would certainly pay for a custom pin

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parapep10

Of course. I would. Its an option and that is always good.

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Observation Junkie

I would pay

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Vector-SS

I'd definitely pay for a custom pin and I'm sure the Middle East, which is one of their biggest markets would pay for custom pins in a heartbeat.

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ShayneDaley

I think BlackBerry 10 users only should be offered the option if not, blackberry user should have it free... I want something back for my loyalty

Z10 ... Bring on the Q20

Maal628

This is very interesting. I wouldn't mind paying a one time fee to customize my pin.

#PoweredByBlackBerry

Uncle Sky

Can you make your "vote box" image larger or allow pinch-zoom so we can read the options easier?

C004682C1 .... shot from my z10

Hussain Karimi

None of my friends, relatives use BBM. I have only 1 contact on my BBM. I use Whatsapp. So NO!

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Hussain Karimi

Too lazy to find pin and add them. Maybe that's Y people don't use it BBM.

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jwyoungy

I wish you were to lazy to post two comments

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ImmI84

I will pay for it also :)

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megajo123

Imagine they come up with this and I get a custom pin called Google and then sell it back to the company for *pinky in corner of mouth * One million dollars!!

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diogoteixeira87

This idea is great. I think USD 0,99 is the right price.

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Pete The Penguin

Seeing as the pin on a BBOS or BB10 device is hard-coded to said device, you'd possibly have to order your pin when you order your BlackBerry.

I can see this making sense for business users, not regular consumers.

crazylegshinch

I was thinking about this too. But with BBM relying more on BBID as car as credentials go, I wonder if it would be possible to just have a second custom PIN tied to your BBID. It would follow you from device to device and work in addition to your device's hardware PIN.

In that sense, it might be more valuable. Our contacts automatically move from device to device now, why not our PIN?

Pete The Penguin

The pin is hard-coded to the device for security.

Yes, it's now tied to a BBID but for BlackBerry devices, it's pretty difficult to change (not impossible for BlackBerry).

Being on the BBM beta for Android, I had several different pin's before x-platform BBM was rolled-out to all. On non-BB devices, it's much easier to change a pin at BlackBerry's end.

Prem WatsApp

More valuable. Had to read twice. At first I read "vulnerable ", thinking about security.

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fanks

That is a nice idea, but is not my most missed feature. I would pay for synchronous BBM on multiple devices including my workstation.

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daves_25

I wouldn't pay for that. The PIN is irrelevant to me. In fact, I prefer If we could ditch the pin, and just move to BBIDs. At least the BBID follows you to a new device, and you don't have to worry about your friends chatting with the guy who just bought your old BlackBerry from you, thinking it's you.

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Pete The Penguin

When I've bought a new BlackBerry and logged-in with my BBID, I've never had to give existing contacts my pin.

When it comes to new contacts, I email them my BBM barcode and ask they scan it. Much easier.

jwyoungy

I would pay a one time fee, I think it would be neat to have a custom PIN as long as I could take it from device to device

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JMarhoon

Yes, a one time fee

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Chrisjd514

I send an invites to bbbbbb on bbm weird

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Peevish

Don't know if it's been mentioned yet, but I'd only pay for it was hooked up to tour BlackBerry ID, so that if you get a new phone the PIN would move with you.

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DetlevCM

I'd rather not, BUT as a one time fee - especially if it is small - I would be willing to pay for a custom pin.

Having said that though, custom pins sound like a can of worms in terms of inplemtation...

Right now born is just a counter on BlackBerry devices with some system plus another counter for the two other OSes.
Allowing custom pins would throw the system I to disarray.

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DetlevCM

Now why did spell check suggest me implementation spelt wrongly???

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Prem WatsApp

If you accept a dodgy spelling once or even save it under dictionary, prediction or spellcheck (respectively) will give it back to you the way you put it in.

(this is why we want selective removal of words out of the phone memory, not implemented yet)

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somerandombbusername

Anything that makes a pin easier to guess is going to increase spam. For businesses who want to share a pin with thousands of people, sure it would be useful, but not for ordinary users.

poita316

How about 4 kinds of pins?
Regular (any combo of numers and letters), bronze (something like aaa111 combo) silver (something like 121212 or ababab combo) and gold (whatever you want) Price gets higher depending on what kind of pin you want but it has to be able to be switched to your new device when getting an upgrade.
I dont care about my pin, when you get a new device, nobody sees your pin so for me its not a bg deal but I understand people liking it. If BlackBerry wouldn't try it they would never find out so go for it.

Shanerredflag

Absolutely...it's a natural fit for enterprise and small business.
They should offer up "airforce1" to Obama...
great advertising.

Is that a Z30...yes, yes it is.

fanq105

No I don't want to buy for a new customizable pin

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kazakoshi

I would if one time fee, reasonably priced & transferable

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Prem WatsApp

Transferable between devices maybe, not users. Needs to stay with BBID

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Himanshu Mehta

Am in for my choice of pin :)

Himanshu's Z10

ast_ph

Will pay for it if priced reasonably and hassle free transfer to new PIN

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rave1090

I would really pay for it, if they price is reasonable

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JulesDB

More than a customizable PIN, I think that we mostly need that BBM recognizes telephone numbers in our address book. That will make connections to our friends immediate.

viobb1

You are at the wrong page. This is CrackBerry, not Android Central. The subject is BBM, not WhatsApp. The PIN is device bound, unlike phone number. Just saying ... and in BBM there is a menu under "invites" called "suggested "..

vinteenovedejulho

@Viobb1 you are kinda wrong.......the pin is unique to each device yes but with your BlackBerry ID it is transferable.
My BlackBerry ID has remained the same & when I have changed devices contacts from the previous device have been added without notification to them that my pin has changed.
Personal pin in your BlackBerry ID would make sense more than a personal pin that is unique to each device

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viobb1

I am kinda of right :), as things are now. If/when PIN will be BBID bound, I will be wrong. But even then, the phone number will have no relevance in the equation...

vinteenovedejulho

@Viobb1 again......pins can be BBID bound.
More than 7 years I have had the same BBID & gone through 9 - 10 BlackBerry devices but contacts have still remained throughout without receiving notifications that I have had new BB device.......this is nothing new.

Dunno how to make this more clear.
If a personal pin would be part of your BBID then regardless of device it would follow you as long as you are using same BBID.

It is the way it is now.......not if or when!!!

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viobb1

"If a personal pin would be part of your BBID then regardless of device it would follow you as long as you are using same BBID." and after that you still insist that PIN is BBID bound. I'm speechless.

JulesDB

viobb1, I don't care about whatsapp and Android since I only own BlackBerries. I only care for BlackBerry (the firm) and BBM's future against other messengers. The more users coming to BBM the better, no matter what you think, and since all my friends refuse to use BBM because they can't understand what's the purpose of PIN, it's better to switch point of view sometimes to understand what's the key of success of competitors without leaving the ones who made BBM a winner. do we forget that this simplicity made Whatsapp 450 million users while BBM hardly has 90?
On the other hand "suggested" in my BBM shows users that don't have BBM anymore. Sic et simpliciter.

viobb1

I know that more users coming to BBM it's better for BlackBerry and for us, after all. I'm using BlackBerry devices since 2007, and I'm delighted by their's devices, including PlayBook. Got the 8310, 8320, 8520, 8900, 9360. Still using the PlayBook and the awesome Z10. But, you do understand that for privacy reasons the PIN system and the two phase ( the handshake) connection are sine qua non conditions. Because if you don't, or think that BlackBerry smartphone should drop the security, I tell you that they can close the shop the next day.

JulesDB

Yes I know, but you can't deny that handshake can be done also with telephone number functioning as a PIN...

viobb1

Probably. PIN system it's just verified as being stable and secure. No need to change that IMHO.But, in the end, the determining factor is the user experience and not necessarily the sign up procedure. From what I've heard that user experience isn't top notch on iOS and Android. Marketing is also very important. Look at Line.!

WPMan_Canada

I have heard that a tool exists to re-pin a BB10 device. It is available from BlackBerry in the enterprise space.

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Pete The Penguin

I'm guessing that's what BlackBerry would use when you order you new BB10 phone.

Would we have to buy the phone direct from BlackBerry though? Possibly.

chrisstlaurent

I would pay if I owned pepsi

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ravelojorge

I think is a great idea as long as is not that expensive and a one time deal

I will definitely make my life easier, since I can't never remember my PIN to give it to the new people I met so I have to look for it or scan or activate the NFC; with a costume one, I definitely will remembered

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hirokomo

mad。。was bbry no money left?and use pin to earn money?what a shame!you Know that? In china 9900 must pay 10 dollars a month to use bis, because that nobody used bb and of course nobody use bbm , but you must know how big china is. Does BlackBerry foolish? Such a huge market. . unbelievable

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NotGoodIMO

Nothing to panic here, this is only if you need custom pin. If you don't mind having pin look like an encrypted bank code then it's not an issue. In any case, Chinese market doesn't mean much to Blackberry. Chinese are in love with CrApple or their cheap home made droids. So, just take it easy on Blackberry for not focusing on huge Chinese market. It's waste of money, just like it has been in the states.

Fulano De Tal

I hope this type of efforts don't distract them from what is really important now: getting video conferencing and improving the user experience in other platforms (fixings the bugs, make it not a requirement for the IOS app to be open to work half decent, integrate BBM with other platform calendars, etc) . Let’s face it, BBM is far from smooth on the iPhone and Android.
It's seems all they are talking about lately is just stickers, emoticons, and now this. Those things could be could but I hardly believe they will attract hordes of people to BBM.

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xales

get us native apps first then tlk about whatever

mszbzltn

I wouldn't pay for it, since I don't really care about my PIN. I do understand however some would like to have a custom, easy to remember one.
Also, dear Crackberry, please make those polls with a bigger font. It is a PITA to pick the one you want to vote on in the CB10 app.
Thanks.

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rasib BBRY

This is a great idea, it should have been live and kicking during the 'BlackBerry Boom Days' so around about OS5 - OS7 days, nonetheless u would pay (reasonable price) for this on my BlackBerry 10 Phone

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Hockey711

For ppl with android and iphones yeah but I really think the blackberry loyalists should get it free

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mkye86

No more than $5

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johnnyuk

PINs are 8 digit hexadecimal numbers.

So unless BlackBerry are proposing to implement some kind of alias to PIN translation services in to BBM/BB10/BES10 and the NOC then you won't be able to have any combination of letters and numbers you want.

It will just be your choice of an 8 digit hexadecimal number, which means you could make it easier to remember by having all numbers like 12345678 or all letters ABCDEFAB or any combination that looks cool or means something in English like FACE2014

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Qurve

Ok so where, when and how often do you SEE someone's/your PIN to justify customization and visibility?...

Ahh, yes, rhetoric question. :)

And we know these exist for year with car license plates, mobile phone numbers, domain names ...If BlackBerry PINs become so high profile (i.e. market share of say 5x current one) there might be some merit though (and bidding for the really cool ones)

 Q1O

pick1eberry

Not me. Ends up being less secure.

Z10... next Ontario!

Prem WatsApp

Good point. Could be real messy

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CDM76

I could see this being useful for businesses that have a channel. A custom channel pin would really be useful for that. A custom pin for bbm for avg person would likely have a finite number of sales. And would likely not be high on a continuous basis.

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jonduran86

Seems like a great idea but I don't think its for me

JJStripes

I'd pay up to $20 for it

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viobb1

Awesome idea. If you are Justin Bieber. Or some bling-bling rapper... grrrrr... horrible idea!

JJStripes

I'll add that in addition to generating some cash for BB, it would increase BBM usage because loyal BlackBerry users like myself will have an easier time getting friends to join BBM because it would make adding me as a contact easier.

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Q10Nutter

Oh yes I will!

Q10SQN100-3/10.2.1.2141, Z30, Z10, iP5, SGS3

KOman

I would need to buy some contacts....my wife being my only contact...maybe she would be impressed with my custom pin coolness ; p.... doubt it!

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mojo1012

Not sure if regular user would like to pay for his common chat but I would say someone like small businesses, brand advertising for big corporation, celebrity or even someone who wants to show his love to something may think of buying...provided BlackBerry channel becomes popular. So anything is possible if BBM and it's channel becomes another Facebook/Twitter/Whatsapp.

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WhateverColorBerry

Why don't they try to get more customers before they do monetizing stuff?

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Eno Karapici

Not even a dime

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ArjunMC

I like BBM and have been a BB fan for some time now. But no, I won't pay for it.

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rngeek

I may use it if it's free but just the same way that I don't pay extra for a custom license plate for my car.

Farley1977

As long as it's linked to my BlackBerry account (email), so I can use it on any device I have or get in the future. And also have the option to change it if I so choose. #BB4L!!

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stevobbm

Oooooo

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christophersvg

They should concentrate on fixing all the bugs and improving the performance of BBM Instead of introducing all this rubbish

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Kings

I would pay a 1 time fee and only if I could use the same pin on any BlackBerry device I switch to

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stevobbm

For my business it would be great.

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Karabo26

I would pay for one in a heartbeat!

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bmorgan67

90 million subs, if half pay a buck for pins, it's $45 million in revenue. Go for it BlackBerry.

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BlueStreak67

I see the most potential for custom PINs in the business market. And ideally if there is a way to make it a subscription based service that would be superior revenue stream as it would create a recurring income for BlackBerry. A great example of this would be Owl.ly currently provided through HootSuite. On a side note, it would be great to see BBM Channels as part of HootSuite in the future. HootSuite allows users to read many social feeds in one place including (FB, LinkedIn, twitter, Google+, Instagram, Evernote....) and I think BBM Channels would be a good fit.

HootSuite:
HootSuite has a free version which allows people to add a limited number of social profiles (FB, twitter, LI, etc.) to follow and use Owl.ly URL shortners (used to shorten URL for micro-blogging like Twitter, plus it allows for basic analytics). In addition to this they have subscription based services that allow for additional features, including Vanity URLs. The average person typically wouldn't benefit from paying for a vanity URL, but there is some merit for business and business professionals (consultants, etc.). The vanity URL is different from the free URL in that instead of all the shortened URL be 8 random letters and numbers (ex: http://ow.ly/******** , * =random number or letter) they can be customized, an example being CrackBerry's "phone.es/****" URL links you see in their twitter feed.

1. I think BlackBerry could charge a subscription based fee for custom pins but it would have to be part of a package where this is one of the add-on features of paying a subscription vs what is offered for free. I see custom pins making more sense for BBM Channels, however some people who work for themselves may see benefit in a custom PIN for their BBM as well.

2. I think BBM Channles would be an excellent fit for programs that bring all social feeds to one place (ex: HootSuite). This would allow business to use analytics to see how effective their channel is at engaging customers, etc. In addition if BBM ever goes to the desktop I believe this would be an even more natural fit.

CrackberryQ

It will make a killing in the gulf region!

They need to make different levels ie gold and silver and bronze etc. .

I bet some would pay thousands!

Some will switch to BlackBerry just to have a custom pin!

Grand idea!

U guys know some already sell BlackBerry phones, legacy non the less at 3000 use just cut they have "golden" pins

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dierre

I would pay up to 200

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hawkessales

As long as it's mine FOREVER!

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TioPepe78

Easier to remember and share your pin, good, tie it with your BBID forever and we are good to go.

d3rd

PINs should be hidden and device specific with a higher-level alias that can be personalized. This way, you share the alias, but importantly, would allow one or multiple devices to share the same alias and BBM messages.
I say NO to a customized PIN and propose hiding it altogether and introduce an alias.

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ggastaris

I would pay once. Cause if you don't renew, what happens, you can't talk to anyone?

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RezzaBuh

One idea how to monetize BBM would be cloud storage for messages. And even more useful than custom PINREZZA ;-)

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i7up2001

What I think BlackBerry should do is sell or just allow cell phone # as PIN ,I think many don't understand the benefits of using a PIN, and are staying away for that reason

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Prem WatsApp

And maybe we should stay away from them. No offense :-) Sounds like WhatsApp users.

No Q10? -> Buy from Chen...

Inthibad

Reasonably priced and if it's one time fee.. I say yes.

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UnlimitedEra

Blackberry 10 users should get then for FREE!

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Buzz88

Yeah, I'd pay for one. It's not much different than owning my own domain.

Carjackd

I'd be down if the price is reasonable

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rajbir01

I would.

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iskaheen

If think this would be huge for Channels too. Right now channels look cryptic to me.

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jcarlos100

If it's priced ok then sure

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wasabiGT

Yeah. Reasonably priced and I would probably go ahead and a custom pin. Why the heck not?

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LoneStarRed

I would definitely pay for a custom pin if reasonably priced.

farmwersteve

It could totally be attractive to many of the right users.

I went to great lengths to have my phone number spell a certain word for the last 4 digits from Toronto to Vancouver to Niagara.

The pins would generate some interest for sure

Great for company slogans, store names. And website addresses minus the www.

Think about movie titles. Etc. Plenty of possibilities

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Detective M Downs

I would pay a one-time or annual fee, if it also eliminated ads too.

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jojon2se

Now, [i]this[/i] is a monetisation scheme I can easily get behind, given that pins were not previously customisable in any way shape or form.
It does leave BBRY potentially having to deal with Pin Squatter sitations, though... :7

raino

If it's a yearly thing renewal, that minimizes the squatting problem a bit. Won't go away, but if you can find out when the PIN will become available, you could go for it.

Charbel Ir

Yes,,,I call dibs on charbel, my name lol

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meherzad87

I thought vanity pins were supposed to be for Porsche design phones. Though their concept of custom pins maybe good but it will enter a territory that made the PD blackberry handset slightly more differentiated from the regular mass product. So now they will lose one key difference & it would only be the materials used in manufacturing n few small tweaks

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raino

I know in some parts of the world, it could me a nice moneymaker.

II ARROWS

I don't vote, because as a user the pin is useless, you don't ever see it.

But it can be very useful for companies, to get a channel pin easier to remember and add later.

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delgadom

I'm in with morpho4444. If I can use it in several devices, ie. ipad, bb10, pc, then YES!!! I don't want to have to deal with multiple BBM accounts and logins, etc...

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dmurillo3

Not a penny out of me, sorry

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tomsobon

This is the silliest Thing i've ever Heard...

MsProductivity

I would pay!

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nigoinsnow

How about first year is free like whatsapp?

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kjpeigan

I'd pay an annual fee...1-support BlackBerry financially 2-throw in a free app with the annual fee...$5 is fair...C'mon BlackBerry fanatics...it up to us to keep the drive alive...

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Sequester#WN

This article brings it down to the main problem. While I can simply integrate e.g. Whatsapp to my address book I need to know every single pin from my contacts. If you do not have critical mass like here in Europe you will never gain any momentum.

Instead of having personalised pins BlackBerry rather should work on a way how to make user experience easier. Those personalised pins would not help in this respect.

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digitalhomeboy

Excellent idea. Reminds me of custom vehicle license plates. Let's just hope that BlackBerry doesn't let it get out of hand like how companies and hapless individuals purchased .com names. I hope BlackBerry does it very much the same way licence plates are done. Purchase a custom BBM pin and though that custom pin would be the one given/shared and/or distributed the custom pin is still tied to the alphanumeric ID. Example: custom BBM pin: digitalhomeboy (the one I would promote and share but my device is imprinted with pin:2AD109A9.

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hispanola

Thats exactly along the lines of what I think they should do. It essentially is an alias. You pay yearly for it. If you don't pay the alias is no longer active. People still have you added but it just shows your original BBM pin.

rohetaku

I would pay maximum 5 bucks!

It's a good idea

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khehl

who wants to pay for a damn pin lmao???

I would use it if it were a free option but especially since i'm a blackberry user. I shouldn't have to pay squat for bbm.
Blackberry doesn't care much about their own customer base though so I can see it happen.

jwhitley80

I'd do it... if my BBM list wasn't empty and lame lol :/

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Cafeina

For a one time fee, I am definitely in. This is a great idea.

Mr.KLScott

I would def pay 15

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Turnda643

I would be willing to pay a one time fee of up to $10 if it was attached to my sim and transferable between multiple and new devices. Or attached to my BBID.

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3_M4N

I wonder if they implemented something like this, if people would then sell pin numbers to each other. Kind of like how people pay ridiculous amounts of money for certain licence plates in Dubai. "Sure, I'll sell you the pin# 00000001 for 14.3 million dollars!"

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SnapzGEG

I'd pay in a heartbeat, we have personalize plates why not my PIN

vlad_tastic

That would be VERY stupid of BlackBerry

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Sayumi Whisp

No

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eliirodz

I would pay a one-time fee of up to $3 for a PIN I can take with me and maybe $5 if I can use it as my BlackBerry World ID too....

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canuckbear

10 dollars tops.

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Aahleksh

I hope it's free.

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iDefected

Yes, depending on price...

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Shadberry Bold

No I would not pay more than $1 for a custom PIN. What is the point? It takes away from security, there's more liability, and BBRY is creating unwarranted system changes for something that currently isn't a problem (wasting valuable time for a company bleeding marketshare).

What they should focus on is getting celebrities & athletes their own BBM PINs + Channels. Consumers want to be/feel as close as possible to those individuals. By giving them their own celebrity PIN/channel, it is very close to giving out that stars mobile #. Consumers/ fans alike will feel closer to that individual by having their PIN # versus a twitter or facebook page. Imagine having a celebrity's BBM PIN in your addressbook! BBM subscriber base will grow exponentially! Just so fans can get "closer"

BBM software devs can figure out a way to allow athletes, etc to publish something in BBM channel and is then linked/pushed to TWTR and FB. No need to launch independent apps because of BB10 deep integration.

Twitter is a microblogging service. (Web based)
BBM is a messaging service (Device Based)

Blackberry can shake up the trend if executed prooperly.

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neoberry99

@Shadberry Bold

You need to forward your post to Mr. Chen. Seriously.....you're on to something!!!!!

visberry

Yes I would if it was not expensive I would like a @blackberry.net email address too

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JWNY

Yes. But it has to be portable as I change BlackBerry often.

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smnlcm

Should be one time free..and if i pay for it should be life time pin. And resonnable price aswell

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PavelSh

Back to ICQ times? :)

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JoeGrimeX

I would pay for a custom PIN that is linked to my BBerry ID. No matter which device I connect my ID to, I'll have the same PIN. I've changed phones so much that I don't even know what my pin is right now, I just tap to add and stuff like that.

I might even pay for a premium BB ID that allows for a custom PIN instead of paying for just a PIN. Add more features to BB ID and presto. Businesses can now post ads with a PIN knowing that 10 years down the line, that PIN would still be valid, no matter the system it relates to.

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Blane Conyer

Why would you people to pay one fee for designing a bunch of numbers and letters together your way when IT COULD BE FREE why people why it's like you have money through down toilets Think people Come on

KARENLALA

If it's a one time fee and I can take it from device to device.

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fernbuck

Yes, I. Would

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gnulab

I suspect if this idea were to be implemented, then the fee will be a yearly thingy. Even though it is yearly, I will pay it, as long as it's affordable, say $1/year (just like whatsapp).

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BoldBigWorm

Great idea. We would know our pins off the top of our heads.

Xano

First BlackBerry needs to resolve the multi device problem. I use a Q10 and iPhone 5S for work and use a Z30 as my personal device. I want my account to work on Q10 and Z30 simultaneously and BBM to work on all devices I sign in. It's silly have to logout and sign in all the time to have BBM working, more silly is swiping the Q10 and Z30. The same Skype, Hangouts, Telegram account, work's multiple devices and never had a problem with that.

sgollapalle

BBM is not yahoo messenger. The PIN is supposed to be tied to one device. Its device to device messaging, and not account to account.

neoberry99

I'm lost...what's your point? Sorry if I come off rude but what are you saying????

Midgeone25

Prem watsapp $500! In UK you can pay a hundred grand and up for personalised plates

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Jorge Pacheco

I'm in, great idea, really cool.

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timmsy

I used to work for them so I choose one if the best pins anyway from their stock :)

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tragik1

Id pay if the cost wasent extreme

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kdna

I would pay for the ability to receive and/or send money through BBM. Either by having a private URL generated that's connected to my App World account, or some other simple mechanism. BlackBerry 10 should really start innovating when it comes to security. The first is communications, and the second obvious sector is finance!

Show me the functionality, and take my money!

kennyiceberry

I just wonder how prevalent PIN use is, that's my only concern with this idea. PIN Use does not seem prevalent to me at all. No one has ever given me their PIN as a means of contacting them, and vice versa. And given that it appears BlackBerry device market penetration has declined so markedly, at least in Europe (which is where my region is situated) it appears that any 'culture of BlackBerry PIN sharing' that might have existed at one point is now nonexistent, by the looks of things.

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coffee-turtle

I would like to use the same PIN with BBM on my Android device and my PIN on my BB10. Right now it's just one or the other.
It would be a nice touch as logging into several IM's across multiple devices with the same account currently being done.

aihsanuddin

Yez I would buy!!

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Ogbu Onuoha1

Custom Pins, seem more like a organizational/ Business thing, I'm fine with the original number & letter pins for personal BBM usage.

Now Custom PINS for PIN messages could be a great idea for BlackBerry users.

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fast666

Yes would pay for that if price is right. Also for channel pin.

ChannelX C000D3759 We promote channels

mercury assuzu

It's a great idea for me if the price is good. And if it's only a one time payment and business names should cost 1000 times more. For example if an individual named pin is $10 then a brand named pin should cost like $1000. I think this is fair.
...posted from my Z10

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sgollapalle

There needs to be another option in the poll.
"Yes, if it was a one time fee. And have the ability to move it to any (one) of your devices"

nataprawira

I will pay, $5 for 1 time only :)

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darkhawk

i see no point to this idea

DueNorthBB

It would be like a domain name subscription. Just make it cheap like $0.99 to 4.99 a year depending on plan (individual vs company).

calyth

I wonder how quickly 0xdeadbeef and 0x0badf00d would be taken.

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