The latest update to BBM has arrived and most folks on BlackBerry, iOS and Android have been checking it out over the weekend. Based on feedback I've looked at in the CrackBerry Forums, it seems a lot of people are really liking the new additions and options such as Timed Messages, Message Retraction but as the press release noted upon their arrival, "unrestricted access to these features will become part of a broader bundle of features that will be offered as part of a BBM subscription".
What does that mean? Well, it means Timed Messages and Message Retraction are premium features that will be available for free and without restriction to BBM users over the next three months, but eventually they'll be coupled with several other BBM features and be offered as part of a paid subscription. If you're not paying for them through a bundled subscription offering, you'll have no access to them. I think it's important to note that 'part of a broader bundle' part because this subscription offering isn't just for Timed Messages and Message Retraction, BlackBerry clearly has intent to make it more enticing than just those two features, even though those two alone are pretty great.
So with the whole scenario in mind it raises two important questions. One being, what other features would you like to see bundled with those? BBM Protected? BBM Meetings? Unlimited stickers? Something entirely different? The second being, would you even be willing to pay for a bundle? If so, how much? $5 per month? $10 per month? Yearly subscription be better? To be clear, those pricing numbers are mythical. I want to know what you all think would be good pricing. You can let me know specifics in the comments but for now, take part in the simple poll and let us know if you're even willing to pay for additional features.