Previously we let you all know BlackBerry was testing custom PIN and no ad options for BBM but they weren't fully enabled. Now, BlackBerry has pushed a new BBM for iOS beta that opens the doors to those options for some wide testing. As noted in the changes, vanity PIN's, removable ads and a new avatar badging feature are now up for testing if you have an iOS device and are using BBM on it.
BBM will now offer a new service called Subscriptions that will allow users to pay for exclusive access to specific features. What's included in this first release of Subscriptions?
- Vanity PINs: have a fun idea for a PIN? Looking for an easier PIN to communicate with friends? Try out this new feature and customize your own personal BBM PIN!
- Remove Ads: hide sponsored ads and sponsored invites in BBM with this subscription.
- Avatar Badging: Show off your special BBM status with a badge. This badge also appears on display pictures that have an active subscription.
Subscriptions can be purchased using available payment methods in the BBM Shop. Subscriptions is available at a monthly cost and requires ongoing payments to continue the subscription. Bonus for iOS beta testers! A free one-month trial of access to all BBM Subscriptions options is included.
The update is live now in TestFlight, so if you have an account (and invite) you should be able to download it right now with no wait time. For the curious, the custom PIN options shows it will cost $1.99 per month, while the option to remove ads will be $0.99 per month. There's no telling if these prices are final, as it is a beta and subject to change but it's interesting to note them either way.