January 23, 2020

BlackBerry Messenger

BBM or Blackberry Messenger App for communication

BlackBerry Messenger, also known as BBM, is a proprietary Internet-based instant messenger and videotelephony application included on BlackBerry devices that allows messaging and voice calls between BlackBerry, iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile users.

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The consumer edition is currently developed by Emtek under license from BlackBerry Limited (formerly known as Research In Motion), and was first released in August 2005.

Messages sent via BlackBerry Messenger are sent over the Internet and use the BlackBerry PIN system. Many service providers allow sign-in to BlackBerry Messenger using a dedicated BlackBerry data plan. Exchanging messages is possible to a single person or via dedicated discussion or chat groups, which allow multiple BlackBerry devices to communicate in a single session. In addition to offering text-based instant messages, BlackBerry Messenger also allows users to send pictures, voicenotes (audio recordings), files (up to 16 MB), share real time location on a map, stickers and a wide selection of emoticons.

Communication was only possible between BlackBerry devices until late 2013 when BBM was released on iOS and Android systems. 300 million Stickers have been shared. Daily, 150,000 BBM Voice Calls are placed. There are more than 190 million BBM users worldwide as of 2015, and BlackBerry infrastructure handled 30 petabytes of data traffic each month by early 2013.

BBM was very popular in the late 2000s and the break of the decade, before it started to lose out to rivals like Apple’s iMessage and the cross-platform service WhatsApp. As of April 2016, Indonesia is the only country where BBM is the most popular messaging app – installed on 87.5% of Android devices in the country.

BBM lets you chat and share with a speed, control and privacy you can’t get on other instant messenger apps. It’s the closest thing to being there in person. And with great new features, getting your message across is faster and easier than ever. Note: some features are not available for all devices.

BlackBerry Messenger users can:

Make BBM Video calls or Screen Share over Wi-Fi or the mobile network on the latest smartphones.
Cross Platform Video calls.
Send and receive messages with unlimited length.
Choose a personal BBM display picture and status.
Custom PINs (In-App Subscription).
Real-time confirmations when messages are being written, delivered and read.
Share photos, videos and more with multiple contacts at once.
Add contacts by scanning QR Codes, using NFC technology or sharing PINs.
Send files such as documents, photos, music, videos up to 16MB.
Create and join groups where you can share and discuss lists, photos etc.
Share location.
Create, like or comment BBM Channels.
Free Call BBM contacts over Wi-Fi.
Voice Call BBM contacts over Wi-Fi and mobile data.
Retract send messages/Pictures/Audios/Files for free.
Send messages and pictures with a time viewing limit (formerly in app purchase but free since latest BBM update)
Send stickers (some free, more available as in app purchases)
BBM Store for content Purchases.
Timed Messages.
Location sharing/tracking through Glympse.
Groups can have up to 250 contacts.
Fully Encrypted messages(BBM Enterprise Subscription).


BlackBerry Messenger was launched on August 1, 2005.

With the release of BlackBerry Messenger 5.0, BlackBerry allows users to use a QR Code to add each other to their respective friends lists rather than using only numeric PIN identification or an email address associated with the user’s BlackBerry. Recent BlackBerry devices can also exchange BBM contacts using Near Field Communication technology. Users can also set animated gif pictures as their display pictures, although animated pictures have a 32KB size limit.

The release of BlackBerry Messenger 6.0 introduced additional traits. This update is focused on social communication mediums, including ‘BBM Connected Apps’, which allow the user to invite friends to share their favourite BlackBerry Applications.

In late December 2011, the audience measurement company BBM Canada sued RIM for infringing its trademark of “BBM” by using it as an initialism for BlackBerry Messenger; BBM Canada used it as an initialism for its former name, the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement. The company cited that it had received phone calls from users who believed that they were connected to RIM. However, RIM asked for the case to be dropped, as the two organizations were in different industries. The suit was dismissed, and BBM Canada ultimately re-branded as Numeris.

With the release of BlackBerry Messenger 7.0 in December 2012, voice chat (BBM Voice Call) was introduced.



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