PSA: BBM Stickers purchases do not transfer if you switch to another mobile platform

Buying BBM Stickers
By Kevin Michaluk on 3 Apr 2014 04:51 pm EDT
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Ok, I take back ALL the mean things I said about BBM stickers. I kinda, actually, LOVE THEM! Honestly, BlackBerry was smart to give away the WWE BBM stickers free of charge for a limited time. I pretty much reply to every BBM I receive now with The Ultimate Warrior.

Beyond the freebie sticker packs, I've also been purchasing the other for sale ones, like Bubble Bot and Cos Cat (don't judge me - the little sheep holding the BlackBerry is just so damn cute).

One thing I noticed though is that BBM Sticker purchases do not move with you if you switch to a phone on another mobile platform. For example, if you buy stickers for iPhone 5s and switch to a BlackBerry Z30, your purchases won't be there. If you want that sticker pack, you'll have to rebuy it.

This isn't really a surprise, given that BBM Sticker purchase transactions take place respectively via BlackBerry World, Google Play and the Apple App Store. It's a good strategy for BlackBerry that ultimately should help push BBM up even further on the top grossing app lists. That said, it's definitely something you want to be aware of though in case you're going sticker crazy like me and will likely buy every sticker pack that becomes available.

114 comments

Wormp2Frank

Do not give away great ideas for free. It's called a business for a reason. Keep up the good work BlackBerry

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djdoubleD

Next time anyone says BBM meant for business and BS like that..

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HaberNik

Too right. Tell me about it; most of the channel comments don't appear to come from business users, but how many are BlackBerry users? The stickers will be a big hit with the non corporate users on IOS and android as well as the z3 market I would think where it is a consumer driven phone (isn't it). High sticker uptake should be a sign of a strong consumer adoption which us not a bad thing for BBM and ultimately BlackBerry.

Tapped and flicked from my BlackBerry Z30!

Double_J75

Kevin, the simple solution is to stick with the z30 and leave the iPhone for people who want a phone the size of a watch.

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just_luc

It's well and good that they don't transfer platforms with you. But I don't like that if I purchase a pack I can't use it unless the person I send it to purchases it too. I can purchase something and it's essentially useless unless someone else I know purchase it too. That's not right. If I purchase a pack I should be able to send the stickers to people and they should be able to see them as I intended. If they then want to reply with one of course they would have to purchase them, but my original message should be viewable because I paid.

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mugen27

I don't believe the recipient is required to purchase the stickers to see them. I purchased the Gilbert stickers and sent them to many friends who have not purchased them and they can see them perfectly fine.

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Prem WatsApp

Correct, that's the whole point of the exercise.

And then the other person might want to buy the pack, too, if it's a good one. Spreads like a pyramid scheme or a positively contagious disease.

No need to purchase the pack just to receive them.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

mousii

Te receiver doesn't need to have purchased the stickers

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Dukun

Your recipients have probably not updated their BBM.

3_M4N

Bingo.

Posted while peeking and flowing on my incredible BBQ10! 

LeleRose

Yup, what he said.

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FishhPoohh

That's what she said

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JPSKILLZ

Uh, is that you in the picture? Strickly for professional purposes. LoL

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rdgroulx

Helloooo youu

RDG Z30

jorgkbzas

I agree with you..
Pin:24EDF9F6

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Papadesaoud

Hey Kevin I'm using a blackberry Z30 and have not yet received any update for BBM that includes the sticker packs and the extras! Fo you think it's related to carrier issue as I have other relatives who are using BBM in ios and android and have downloaded the update but I have not received it! Care to explain?

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tgillan

Try going to the BlackBerry App World website. Log in, select your phone and search for BBM. You should be able to force the update from there.

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Papadesaoud

Thanks I'd assume that it downloads instantly or I'll receive a notification at least.

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Schmurf

I got my notification early this morning, might be a location or carrier thing.

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HaberNik

I had to actually go to BlackBerry World and search for BBM to get the update yesterday (even the update search did not bring it up), but this morning my Q10 had the hub notification. Note, stickers take up a lot of screen space on the Q.
I said no use for them, but they are silly fun.

Tapped and flicked from my BlackBerry Z30!

shockwave1983

Notifications sometimes.....get lost. From time to time open BB World and go to My World -> My Apps & Games and click on Check for Updates. Once it is done it should show any apps with updates (including those that the notification got lost).

SteelGreek

Agreed. You can also refresh BBW and that normally causes updates to show for me

Posted with a Verizon Z30 running 10.2.1.2228 and CB10. [URL="bbmc:C0004F9BB"] My channel with zero subscribers [/URL]

heyjohnnybravo

Still maintaining that stickers are kind of really tacky. I understand that they're not for serious situations but they're so aesthetically displeasing to me :(

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xBURK

May be tacky for some, but it brings in money from those who like them and more importantly, makes people download BBM.

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RubberChicken76

Then don't use them..

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KDB84

How do you remove a sticker pack?

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root56

Was thinking the same thing also were can I decide which sticker pack is my default sticker pack I open to. And what is the restore button if it's not to download the sticker packs after a whip or device transfer?

AnimalPak200

You can't set a default. Would be nice if it selected one based on the frequency with which you use it (like the adaptive sharing menu). I'm pretty sure the restore button is exactly for what you say... except that "device transfers" are restricted to within platform (since they were paid for by a user account that only exists in BBWorld, App store or Play store). Hopefully eventually they'll figure out some way to honor cross platform purchases based in BBID (i.e. link all pertinent appstore accounts to one BBID).

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xhead75

GooGone.

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Nigelbrown

So where is the crackberry sticker pack....

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mscloutier

Good question, where is the CrackBerry sticker pack?

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rdgroulx

Quood guestion, hwere is the brackcerry picker stack

RDG Z30

wincyUt

I never thought I'd like them until I bought them and started using them. :) Another funny thing is that I don't mind paying $1.99 for it, whereas I would be reluctant to pay same price for other apps.

cbvinh

Maybe you don't mind the price because it delivers on exactly what you expect? The same can't be said for all apps.

HaberNik

Good answer. I just deleted two apps that had been publicised on CB. Luckily one was free and the other only a 1.00.

The stickers are gtee'd fun!

Tapped and flicked from my BlackBerry Z30!

Step_6

Duuuuude Kevin, it's not a sheep... it's a cat dressed up as a blackberry lol. took me a while to realize it. But damn them cats are cute... I gotta restrain myself to only sending these to my girlfriend.

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crazycanuck329

Cat...sheep...these a difference? lol

...we are all connected...

boody78

Where is Shawn the Sheep?

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root56

Yeah weren't we promised that sticker pack?

civilian101

The Shaun the Sheep pack just appeared for me in the BBM Shop! ...Still no WWE!

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tmurphx5

They just showed up today on my Z30

WPMan_Canada

Pretty standard for items like this to be app store specific. Pay to remove ads from an app on Google and logon to same app on another platform will likely see the ads again. Example fongo.

But it would be a plus if switching to BlackBerry kept them but switching off did not.

Posted with my Z10

graham bowers

I accidentally downloaded "stickers for bbm" from BlackBerry world while looking for the update last night, but I have to say, I'm happy that I did! They have some great ones!

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bbmtna

Wow First World Problems hah

The typical user won't run into this, as they will only be using a single devise.
The only time this could cause a problem is when they switch devices due to upgrades or what have you.

No different than purchasing an app on one platform than doing it again on another.

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root56

It seems like there is a restore button in the sidebar which then gives the message restoring stickers. Wouldn't know what else that would be good for.

Kevin Michaluk

Restoring from the same mobile store. So if you wiped BBM off your iPhone for example, then reinstalled it later, if the purchases you made from App Store are not there, you can restore to bring them all back. Doesn't bring in the ones you would have made via Google Play or BB World though.

Which is totally understandable.

Kevin Michaluk

Yeah, it's more like a tech blogger problem. Lol. Again, totally understandable too. Just pointing it out so people know. PSA... Public Service Announcement.

JMF5017

just discovered that Restore button* works like a charm

bbmtna

Sarcasm can get missed easily in text.

No harm done.

All is good!

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Drmoe

So buy a BlackBerry first then by your stickers. That is if you're cheap...

Posted using the best phone ever, the Z30!

xBURK

Funny, five months ago people were upset that BlackBerry was near death. Now that they find a simple way to make some cash, people are still upset. Makes no sense at all. If you don't like them, don't use them. How hard is that to comprehend?

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Dave Bourque

Logic is not common.

Z10STL100-3/10.2.1.2141

rohetaku

Common sense is not very common

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RubberChicken76

It's Crackberry... the land of constant complainers

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Playbook007

Why would I go another platform when I have a z30? As for the stickers, yes they are kinda childish, but they are fun. Emoticons are too small.

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trinibai

Now does that mean if I switch to another bb10 device everything should move over on that device?

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gbell11

When I message my wife about what's for dinner she sends me The Rock

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NtotheK

Haha that's awesome! Ya im using them more than I ever thought I would.

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Jtaylor1986

I she was making a can of whoop ass

Wbrian

I wonder if you switch from a Z10 to a Z+0 if they transfer over or not...

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Wbrian

Any idea where they are stored on the device? I'd like to try and edit one...

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HUNTZODIAC

I honestly like these stickers couldn't use them on the Beta cause in was the only one who had it long em

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HUNTZODIAC

Love them*

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Xano

BBM cross-devices and black theme on iOS

aaronc707

$2 for stickers is incredibly high. People will barely pay .99 cents for a decent app, why would they pay $2 for a glorified emoticon

LamarStarr

TRUE!! the emoticon doesn't even talk to you..

Is it to much to ask for A PREMIUM BBM EXPERIENCE ON ALL PLATFORMS first?

Jtaylor1986

Profit maximization. Unless half the price doubles the downloads you are better off at $2. I don't think an extra dollars is going to change people's purchase decision if they were willing to pay to begin with.

aaronc707

I understand profit maximization.. but i do see $1 being a huge difference, maybe not for someone that is already going to buy, but for someone that isn't sure it could be make or break. IMHO BB would get much more then 2 fold action at 99 cents.

polytope

Stickers don't work in group chat. Epic fail?

gokulesh

Yep. As far as BlackBerry is concerned everything should be perfect from day 1 and Rev0 otherwise its an epic fail.

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AYC2112

We went through the trouble of converting our group chat into a multi person chat just so we could use the stickers. Yeah, there's no good reason why it doesn't work in group chats. But as a benefit to us the multi person chat suits us better since we can now add in chat photos.

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Rootbrian

Thanks for the PSA... Should save many from making that mistake. :D

skunkworks_nyc

Yes to a CrackBerry sticker pack. I admit as well that I thought the sticker were such a dumb idea, but they are so much better than just the little emoticons. Well done!

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Koepman

That's not right...

Since 2010 

dracolnyte

Is there anyway to uninstall the wwe sticker pack?

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LamarStarr

Umm.. no.. it is a surprise.. and for this I think its stupid.. why pay more money then you have to.
Sorry Kevin You are wrong about this.

darkhawk

I don't get it. Why would I trade from berry?

Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes

Kind of things University of waterloo grads dream up

unleashed_ric

I want that WWE Stickers Available here in Philippines.. If it is happens then I'm so grateful.

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slickjmp

I just bought Shaun of the sheep for 2 $. I tried sending it to another BlackBerry user and it's asking for another 2$ for them to see it. What a rip off, enjoy my one and only sticker purchase

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HaberNik

That did not happen for me. I bought the sheep and sent a sticker to my work Q10 and it comes through just fine. If I then press on the sticker, a large one appears along with an option then to buy the pack. What's wrong with that?

On an unrelated topic, I just realised that a swipe down from the top row of my keyboard to the bottom, switches the characters to symbols and another swipe switches to the second set. One more swipe beings the qwerty back. Cool!

Tapped and flicked from my BlackBerry Z30!

Herbie52

Will they transfer from one BlackBerry device to the other? I don't ever plan on buying an iPhone.

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Gatmyer

They should as long as you associate your new device properly.

quizm

Seems to me a bit crazy that major revenue will come from just stickers. Isn't there any good business ideas that could raise revenue. For example, can Bbm voice not have access to the phone line system like Skype? I would pay for that.

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Jessa_NIC

I just wish we were able to use the stickers in groups. Hopefully the next update will fix that. Other than that I'm in love with the wwe stickers!!! :D

Sincerely..Jessa

jah23

Your gorgeous

SKN. 869. Z10

boldbalance

I agree. That's something BlackBerry needs to take care of ASAP because a lot of people would want that feature.

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Shanerredflag

Thanks for the PSA...Undertaker here...lol

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

Shanerredflag

Which brings up this:

When is our CB10 going have stickers!!!?

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

flyersfan76

They should be transferable if you switch TO a blackberry but not if you switch away from blackberry or between the other 3 platforms.

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Shanerredflag

Oh...can someone please contact Randy Cass over at BNN and say "In Your Face"

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

Ashish Sanghvi

One cool way could be to give more free stickers on BlackBerry handsets. This way sales of devices can be improved.

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paranee2

Guys any idea how to create stickers

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jaya_man

LINE stickers are going crazy this part of the world. And no, not only teens use them.

Stickers purchased or donwloaded for free remains in your messaging account even if you switched devices (cross platform or not). You will also be able use purchased stickers even if your counterpart hasn't purchased it yet. In fact, counterparts can just tap on the sticker you sent and it will automatically lead them to the sticker shop. Providing opportunity for more sticker purchases. And yes, stickers can be used anywhere, in personal, group, multiperson chats, message boards and your own timeline.

LINE stickers convert to huge revenue streams for the free messaging app in addition to GAMES and THEMES.

BBM not being able to do the same would be a shame. Also would love to see sticker packs made available globally and not just certain regions or countries.

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Shanerredflag

Well said...thanks brother (From the Hulk)

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

Kobena

Why can't you use stickers in group chats? Am I missing something?

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jaya_man

Because that feature is not available, unfortunately.

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njrPTA9273

I too send the Ultimate Warrior off with all my BBM's ---where does Warrior go? Parts Unknown.

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bbry10fan

Me and my GF just had a whole conversation using just the stickers! Was so much and and a lot of laughs.

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Christian Yongky

But if you change from  ‎BlackBerry to  ‎BlackBerry?

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CrackberryQ

Something weird, I went out with my wife, we bought 2 z30' s same store, we have service from same provider, in fact a package, we share same wifi at home, yet I got the wwf stickers and she can't see then in the store.

That got me really curios, anybody can explain?

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Rjinswand

"It's a good strategy for BlackBerry that ultimately should help push BBM up even further on the top grossing app lists."

I don't think that's a good strategy at all. One of the constantly most grossing apps, comiXology, has a one purchase -> available on all platforms strategy. Same goes for Zinio and many other content providers. All of them have to give the platform provider on which the purchase took place a cut. As all of them need specific login information, these content providers have no problem syncing the accounts purchases. I see no reason BlackBerry can't do this, too.

BlackBerrari

I am sure if BlackBerry brings an exclusive porsche design sticker for a 1000 bucks, Kevin would be the first one to buy it ;)

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maam

I think some adult/sexy stickers would be awesome haha

Beproud

bbelux1

What is an IPhone ?

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Jeevan Batla

I would like to see minions stickers soon

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niss63

Glad BlackBerry is making money with it. I'm not likely to buy any stickers, though

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NegatronDev

Different app stores! I think its fare.

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gnulab

I don't like the idea that purchased stickers are stuck to your mobile phone. I find companies who do that are out to gorge out in every single way. It costs virtually nothing to blackberry have that feature implemented.

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paranee2

Any idea where n how can I create my own stickers.

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