WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 coming next week

By James Richardson on 8 Mar 2013 07:07 am EST
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Well, it looks like the wait is nearly over. Many of us BlackBerry 10 users, including myself, have been gagging to get the cross platform instant messaging application WhatsApp on our new device and that time is very nearly here. Yesterday Alex Kinsella from the BlackBerry developer team tweeted the following:

"Prediction for next week - You'll be downloading WhatsApp on your BlackBerry Z10"

To say I'm excited would be an understatement. Sure, there are other ways to communicate with our non BlackBerry friends but WhatsApp just works for me. I've been relying on Facebook due to the great BlackBerry Hub integration but WhatsApp will make me oh so happy once again.

Where it may also be beneficial for Blackberry as a company is that it could make iPhone and Android users think about jumping over to BlackBerry? If they have the apps they need why would they not consider it. After all, the BlackBerry 10 experience kicks butt!

 

127 comments

QuIcKsIlV3r

Sweet, i don't use it, but I know many do, so this is great!

07thking

I won't install on my Z10, I rarely use it. I have it side loaded on my PlayBook thats enough for me.

Kobe Barksdale

Same here, its on my playbook too

Dave79

How does it work on the PlayBook not having a phone number?

con4n007

Use your normal mobile number on pb and it will work

jrohland

Nothing like competition (OpenWhatsApp project) to get them off the A$$.

HorizonXP

If you honestly believe that, you're sorely mistaken. WhatsApp for BB10 has been in the works for quite some time.

monadi

I just installed Openwhatsapp and it does work quite well. Though, its not quite whatsapp when it comes to some feature such as:
- no search capability (just like the crapy google talk app)
- no emoticons
- clicking on someone's profile pic opens another "pictures Previewer" app rather than opening it in the actual app

This is what I've noticed in 5 minute of using it last night

owadkelly

Sweet!!

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Croyde8

Nice!

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owadkelly

I just side loaded the android port... not really liking it. So native is much welcomed

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ghazisons

Yes dear I am using the same I didn't like but now we will get the real update...

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bhrgvr

This is just great news.

ghazisons

Finally wait is over Thank You CB...

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Spinnaz370

Nice, can't wait!

Z10 & PlayBook.

MaxFresh

As long as it appears as a hub menu item

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Alzaeem_502

Very nice. I agree, nothing like competition to get the ball rolling... I am extremely happy for the success of BB 10. Keep up the momentum BlackBerry.

slade632

Yay... i don't use it but good for BlackBerry to get this to stop people from talking sh...

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jfunds

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!

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avokodo

Yay can't wait been longing for whatsapp

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daveshiz

soz i,m gonna throw a negative in here ,on all previous bb whatsapp has had issues so much so there are threads and pages about ,have these been sorted is everything hunky dory or is it same old but itll please the masses ??? so hope i,m wrong by the way

renejupp

finally!! Loving my BB10, but seriously missing Whatsapp!

derekgruchy

And it is going to be free forever for BlackBerry users, isn't it? I thought i had read that somewhere that the annual user fee would be permanently waived for us.

Definitely makes me want to try it for the first time. I've always preferred Touch cause it was free and did more. Can't wait to see this in action.

Derek from my Z10!

SwissCuban

Sweet
:-)

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bharyour

Yeah, I was missing this on the BB10. It was like my second most used app on the 9900 after BBM. Hopefully it doesn't hog system resources like on the previous versions.. It used to slow to a drag after a few hours of use - but maybe that was just my phone

virgo_mi

Nice!!!

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backberry z10

Good to hear

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camilo29

Finally here.. good improvement for z10

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arvind1983

Don't use it much but will start using it with my new black background Z10.

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BlackQtCoder

I don't use WhatsApp, but if this is good for Blackberry, will be good for me !

Raid Ismail

Lovely. Been waiting for this for quite some time. Can't wait till its available.

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Playbook007

Everyone should just get a z10, use the best which is by far BBM, and we wouldn't have to even have to wait for Whatsapp or Skype. Everyone at work is going z10 and they love it. All my friends are almost back to BlackBerry. I won't be needing Whatsapp or Skype.

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Big V 1978

I am glad it is coming, NOT because I am such a big fan of WhatsApp, but to tell the non believers that we also have the app !!!!

Crisdean

Good to know there will be an app to keep in touch with people that don't use BBM and have Whatsapp.

mon450r

hi i cant wait any longer im in the Caribbean i want to buy the white unlock version around $800 someone told me wait a lil longer its going to get cheaper went it release in the USA is this true?? really want to buy it now

SirJes

Yes,you should wait,with US release the price is sure to drop

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mon450r

HEY again my bb9850 crashed but i have my info backed up can i transfer them to the z10 still??

jstef16

According to the registration page for the Alicia Keys sweepstakes, the Z10 is valued at $599 if that's any indication of where price is going to go.

mychriz8

Does anyone know how deep it will be integrated into the hub?

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dragonx6

I don't see the point of it if it wasn't. It wouldn't be a very good app if it wasn't.

mychriz8

That´s true but I love the fact that I get all my messeges in the Hub even if the App is closed like it is on bbm, fb and so on.

clieman

Hopefully we'll see a day where more people on BBM than WhatsApp.

dejisanusi

Excellent news! Now all I need is Skype and a Facebook update.

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felixlives

Nice, not that I am missing it per se, but certainly handy to have BBM is way way better, but not everyone has BlackBerry, so it does the job nicely.... will be downloading this for sure

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KidAndroid

Should have my Z10 real soon & this makes it even more attractive :-)

AZN

Finally!!! I've been waiting since day 1 for this. Just curious... how will Whatsapp be integrated into BB Hub, if at all?

IqWaN

Awesome

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SamiAQ

Great!

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RazMo

Can't wait for it. Can now finally get rid of my white bold 9900. Lol super happy.

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Joshuacms

Finally!!!!!!! Yay

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Kobe Barksdale

Personally I'm not as excited as I prefer BBM over any cross platform messenger. But I WhatsApp because it works over Wifi when I don't have data connection. So I guess its an alternative to have

jhalupa

Awesome news!

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reylocario

This is good news

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mikelinton

Sweet! The more apps like this that show up the more solid the BB10 platform will get.

Rasec Blanca

I totally agree!! I just got my Z10 and I was a iPhone and S3 user. I was going back and forth swapping my son card into both of them. But now I only use my Z10. This is almost the best phone and will be the BEST once more apps are developed for it. Looking forward to whatsapp once again.

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7RKAT

Great news

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mrbigtime1

Yesterday i was able to sideload whatsapp android file on my z10. it works but well, u know. i was waiting for a native z10 and this is an awesome news.

Bhavin Khorasia

Waiting for it

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rajdeep.malhi

At least he didn't tease us and went straight to the point of which app we can expect. Now, I'm just wanting on Skype Shazam, Realtor.ca, and TD Canada Trust. Then my BlackBerry will be complete. Anything beyond that is a bonus for me.

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jaycnchacko

I've been using the side loaded app and cannot wait for the native ! Yeah!!

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Mike1117

Great news! I use it to talk to my iSheep friends. Now if Verizon would just sell me the phone that would be awesome news.

NOKJAA

#LMOAO I'm in a similar predicament....They might be #iSheep but after all they are our friends... LOLOLOLOL!!!

NOKJAA

Excellent News! Should be picking up my Z10 (hopefully) next week: 4G-Sub + 2.5Gb Data + Unlimited Text / Calls. #BlackBerryByChoice

PD KD

Great it is all coming now,

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PH1L

Whatsapp is a great app. Excited that this is finally making its way over to BB10. Developers need to keep on bringing native apps coming and this Z10 will be a massive hit!

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BoldWorld

Great. Best news since the announcement of the Z10

hezryaris

Getting my Z10 tomorrow! cant wait!

pepe241185

the wait is almost over indeed ....

Alali

Nice

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Wigley458

Awesome news. Been using the Android port since launch of phone in canada and it works ok. But can't wait for native as it will have my contacts and hub use finally. Which aren't on port version. Btw. I have a white z10 unlocked version for sale if anyone wants it. Brand new.

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ICE_CREAM_SANDWICH

Z10 getting Better everyday. More troops will coming. Kindle and What'sApp join us before Invasion to USA ..

silchauhan

Can't wait...been waiting for a month allready... all we need is skype now

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NOKJAA

Huh?!?! Isn't that already available?!? I'm almost certain....

angrybear123

Nice! This and Skype are all I need at this point. More so this. This is good news!!!

NOKJAA

#WORD! I hear that. I'm sooo glad that #SKYPE is available :-) Hello world :-)

hossam85

That is nice, but it will be free or paid? Please reply, thanks

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swishhh

Great news! Better for our US friends as a lot of things will be in place/updated.

mavricxx

No we just need Skype, Yahoo Messenger and OoVoO to comlete the comm App gap. :)

raxamillion

Excellent news, this and a few other key apps are what my Z10 are missing. Great hear we have a time frame, although I bet it ends up being Friday last thing LOOL

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gusanbage

Finally ! and expecting an impressive update for facebook app also

labyrinth9

On an unrelated note. Where did you get those awesome Spark paperweights? You should sell them in the CB store!

vincenzio

Can we get it Monday?

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ehabaha

Been using the Android port since the launch in london. It does work, but very frustrating that one can't access contact list.

Let's hope, that it doesn't hog the resources and the Skype and viber get their act together an launch their apps soon as well.

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viper1931

Has anyone noticed the "Notification" icon not in the hub since the update? My side loaded whatsapp doesn't show icon for new msgs now, can't wait till the native.

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MegaMoneyMan

Would be nice to see what it looks like on the BlackBerry 10 platform.

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Konfucius18

Thanks to many of my friends using iPhone's and S3s, I need Whatsapp for group chatting even though it's inferior to BBM in every way.

At least I can delete the sideloaded version soon.

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asif shaikh1

Can't wait for what's app and games that can be played cross platforms with friends!!

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web99

That's great news. All I need now is skype, instagram and kindle apps on my Z10. Hopefully they will be made available in the near future.

hmmalex

I used whatsapp all the time on my old BlackBerry.

Hopefully it comes with hub integration or it will just be easier to continue using text messages!

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pilot738

Great news but any news about viber?! It's more important for me :(

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gecky

Great n important news for BlackBerry as well as for me personally.

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NoAhB0Dy

Don't use whatsapp and no plans to. Don't know anyone that does. What I am waiting for is Touch and Kik. Touch is currently ported from Android and works ok for the most part and kik is a decent sideload but would love to see native versions.

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GranReviewsmo

Now all I need is Endomondo and Wi-fi Manager

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raam4u

ever since i switched from iphone to bbz10, i was looking for whatsapp, viber and skype. Now it look like one is about to arrive and the other two? any ways its really a good news for me. Almost all of my friends are in whatsapp........ thanks for the post

airwolf04

Nice finally and what about viber?

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Ernie H

I have been using vibe on my BB9900 so what's app is a well worth option. I am enjoying my z10. One of the first three in Hungary :)

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Kira Oldham

Omg I wish it would hurry up xx

Rootbrian

About time whatsapp made a damn app for blackberry 10. Now people can't say "OH, YOU DON'T HAVE THAT APP" anymore.

funnnng

I really want those notification buttons (whatever you call them) in the picture. Anyone knows where I could get them ?I've been searching it for weeks now...

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Morusfan

Great news! In Italy we use it a lot

Saf

Cannae wait!!

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SaltySnack

Looking forward to it

Z10 is Epic

robems01

Awesome

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pilyonglover

Whatsapp guys, hurry it up!! :)

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Gasser A Habib

Awesome cannot wait

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ahsan366

Really missing this app because many people left BBM and went to other platforms. Tango and viber should come soon as well.

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AlwaysSmile

Can't wait any longer! Thanks for the info you made my day!

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al_jenny

Please i need viber!!!

When it will br available on z10!?

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2netskiisan

I'm loving my z10 missing whatsapp but it's ok... gives me more time to explore my new baby...

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andrelg

Any closer to an actual date? This week is going to be so long!!!

odaouk

Hi, anyone know what happened?

spud892

BBM is still king but sadly not everyone has a BlackBerry... WhatsApp is the best alternative. Not sure why it took so long though!

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Nabil Abdulla

I've been checking the app store every couple of minutes since last nite. Os this happening or no :(

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Inderjit Narwal

What's app coming this week?

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azadveer brar

What's the date

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H4zN

On Twitter, @neerajarora said "yes, finished and almost ready to ship!" when asked if WhatsApp for Z10 was finished!

al_jenny

Please we need viber on BB z10

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