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It's been a rough week for BlackBerry lovers, with BIS outages being reported from all corners of the world. It's so bad, I've heard talk of people resorting to - gulp - texting, to get their messages across. What better time for Kik to announce that it has officially relaunched for BlackBerry, after being yanked by RIM last year? That's right folks, Kik is back, and available for download from the link below. Rebuilt from the ground up using java, Kik runs fast, looks good, and best of all you can use it to communicate with your contacts on iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone 7. Full press release after the break.

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World’s Fastest Cross-Platform Messenger App Kik Makes its Return to Blackberry Platform

Kik Messenger now lets users text for free across iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7

WATERLOO, Ontario – (October 12, 2011) – Kik Interactive, creators of the cross-platform mobile messaging application Kik Messenger, today announces the launch of Kik version 5.2 for Java Platform Micro Edition capable mobile phones including Research in Motion’s BlackBerry OS, exclusively available for download at www.kik.com/bb. Kik has built a reputation for being the fastest and most reliable messaging app on Apple iOS and Google Android, and now the same great experience is available for BlackBerrys and dozens of feature phones.

Kik Messenger, which already has millions of users, now offers free text communication between all three of the top smartphone platforms, over 87% of the US Smartphone market. When originally launched just over a year ago, Kik Messenger reached 1 million downloads in 15 days by connecting users across smartphone platforms with a more engaging text messaging experience than SMS or other competitors could provide.

The new app was designed from the ground up without using the normal developer tools and kits in an effort to streamline the app and provide the very best user experience. Because Kik built the entire app from scratch, the company was able to implement features such as popup notifications and a beautiful, smooth UI that aren’t native to many phones that run Java ME apps.

Fast and Face-to-Face Text

Kik Messenger outperforms competitors by making text-messaging feel like a face-to-face conversation with the fastest messaging experience in the market. Users are given visual cues when texts are sent, delivered to the recipient and when the recipient reads the text.  Users can also see when a person is typing a response in real-time, making the texting experience more responsive and rich.

Download Kik for Blackberry here
Download Kik for Android here
Download Kik for iOS here
Download Kik for WP7 here