Virgin Atlantic to show off BBM on in-flight ads

By James Richardson on 21 May 2014 08:44 am EDT

Seeing advertising for BBM seems to be pretty thin on the ground as far as I can tell - unless I'm missing something. The word on the street is that the following video was created by UK design company Pope Wainwright for use on Virgin Atlantic flights. We haven't really seen any videos of this sort used by airlines in the past, but this one is a real gem.

From the Pope Wainwright YouTube channel

BlackBerrry Messenger has collaborated with Virgin Atlantic on a campaign designed by Pope Wainwright. Using the core identity from BBM, Pope Wainwright promoted visibility of the Virgin Atlantic BBM Channel by working across graphics, digital and product. The creative and strategic agency designed an in-flight magazine and video campaign for Virgin Atlantic, alongside universal charging docks for the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse. As you will see, they have managed to cram in most features of BlackBerry Messenger into the short video which is aimed at getting iPhone and Android users to use BBM as their instant messaging app of choice.

We recently posted an article to try and persuade our iPhone and Android buddies to make the switch so be sure to send on this video to them if they have not yet seen the wonderful benefits of BBM. You can check out the rest of the Virgin partnership info via the Virgin website

Keep spreading the BBM love Team CrackBerry!

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Nice one. Very good place to show its real potential

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But odd that Virgin Atlantic hasn't updated their BBM Channel in almost two months!


Good news!

BlackBerry please release bbm money.

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+1 bbm money would be amazing if done right

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Voice call with BBM has been bad experience for me. I don't know what's wrong with it. It makes cracking voice, and sometimes there is other person voice (mixed channel or whatever). And I'm just starting using wechat for video call and voice call. It's more stable.

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I think you have mixed up your applications friend.

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Are you sure you're referring to BBM? I regularly call family in the U.K. and Australia with no issues. Plus, I have just the opposite experience with Web chat, as I find it unreliable compared to BBM.

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Has it been when talking to other BlackBerry's or Android / Apple?

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It was well made. Very informative.

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And easy to watch

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Easy to share videos...not sure at least on BlackBerry devices you need a shirking video app first..


Good solid video. Short and to the point. Not sure why BlackBerry refuses to out up 30 sec spots on US tv to get the new image our there. Last week after I showed my Z10 to two more people, they said, "I thought they were gonna be out of biz this year?"

It's not their fault they think's BlackBerry's.

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D'oh. They spelled Glympse wrong.

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Caught that one, too. Good eye!

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Wow this is really one of blackberry better adverts, simple and smart. Thought the music choice a bit off.

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Any idea when the video calling will be cross platform?

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Bbm needs PTT

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Loving the strategy already. Nice initiative.

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I still think they should put that video of the Z30 vs the iPhone typing on a commercial. I think it speaks volumes in how sweet the flick typing is.

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BBM voice is blocked here in UAE by our greedy carriers :(

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Cool video.

One "gap": on the screenshot showing Glympse, the text says "share your location"... but that kinda misses its coolest feature, the tracking of your location. Plus, if both you & your contact share Glympse with each other, you see a continuously updated map tracking both of you on the same map.

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Hi BBM Team, please add BBM Video Screen Sharing so that all my IOS and Android friends can install BBM on their phone.


They don't have to wait for that, it's available now. They can download right this very minute. All that's required is a friend that understands the basics to give them a link.

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Great news.

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Need to see more advertising..... I do my bit to promote BlackBerry on Twitter @SC_S2719 But I can't do it all.....

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We need to see a lot more of these sort of ads funny how this was short, sweet and effective !

Better than most of the ads I've seen blackberry make!

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Smart marketing ..about time!


Not a complaint. As long as the products keep improving to deliver all that is promised. Well done!

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It's just the kind of dynamic & energetic advertising that BB needs. Even if they did partner it out!

Go BB!


nice, but a tad too fast, imho.

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Thirty seconds and a few. I found it a tad to fast, but every second cost money.

Even if you miss a point or two, you might think "I can't remember everything, but it sure must have been good!"

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Nice concise and informative ad.

Moar pls. :D


We want video calls

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Good, short and sweet video.. music was a put off though...

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I swear Chen must be reading my seeking alpha posts. I made a Richard Branson comment a few months back. A partnership with Virgin will give Blackberry the "cool factor" edge they need to compete with maybe they will work on an exclusive paygo sim deal! We may see an offer like this on shop blackberry linked to the device purchase checkouts!

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That's a really nice ad!

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Thanks for citing us James.

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Virgin is a cool carrier. I say that even having activated an android phone with them.

Good contract ethics IMO.



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bbm is by far the better video calling software than most.

Skype is also tops!

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