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BBM - BlackBerry Messenger - RIP today @ May-31st

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BBM - BlackBerry Messenger - RIP today @ May-31st

In the times, when smartphones did not exist, there was Blackberry.
And there was BBM ...which at times looked better than other alternatives - MSN Messenger, Skype, Yahoo messenger and others.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/31/1864 ... d-imessage

Even with good applications, bad things happen. Poor executive foresight of the RIM's dynamic duo to pivot and open up the BB eco-system + technical obsolescence catches up with even the best applications - so it joins many other dead or virtually dead comm platforms: ICQ, AOL

So, in breathing its last day, please join me in the farewell of BBM!!!
RIP BBM - you were good!
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ohnabatko wrote: So, in breathing its last day, please join me in the farewell of BBM!!!

So long !!

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Fun article. Though I'm saddened by the loss of BBM.

I was still using it with family members up to last month. But then starting migrating to new services. I still have several services on my phone (ie Signal, Whatsapp, Messenger, etc)

If you're a BBM diehard, then you likely already know about BBM Enterprise. It's a paid service, but they are giving a year free iOS and Android users based on the news of BBM dying. I doubt many people will use it.

Also note, this was BBM for Android and iOS dying. Because it was run by Emtek. Blackberry sold BBM out to Emtek years ago, for Android and iOS devices. And after a few years, it wasn't making enough money. So they've shut it down.

I think BBM on Blackberry devices still runs. But BB10 OS devices are EOL at the end of the year. We're not sure yet what will happen at that point.

One point though. Article briefly talked about RIM/Blackberry's financial troubles. Blackberry is actually doing well now. They are just out of the mobile phone business.
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I was a big BBM fan back in the day. Sorry to see it go.
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Whatsapp now? BBM? Never heard of it.
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it was actually yesterday it shut down, so meaning you could not sign up yesterday it was may 30 the actual last day to use it, i was bbm user for over 10 years, when i got my first blackberry. i loved it, but not cus of the bbm but cus the push mail and other cool things like service books. so since bbm is gone now, most of you can go online to blackberry, com and permanently delete your blackberry id account, why keep your personal information on the cloud in the hands of some company if you never plan to use it ever again, right? go and delete that stuff
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I was a die hard BlackBerry user. But the second they abandoned BB10, I had to switch. Tried the iPhone, hated it. Android is no better, but it beats iOS
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It’s not technically dead. BBMe fills the void. It’s just not free.
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I had to re-read the article 3 times to make sure I was believing what I read. I didn't think BBM was going to shut down at all since it became a multi platform service. RIP BBM, I used to use that service and it was really good for its time. Really made messaging felt like it was back in the MSN days of their messenger.
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I remember trying it out when it came to Android/iOS... But since literally nobody I knew had a BB device anymore, and all had moved on to other messaging platforms (mostly split between Viber/WhatsApp and FB Messenger), it quickly got uninstalled. I didn't think it would last long, TBH.
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Skilas wrote: If you're a BBM diehard, then you likely already know about BBM Enterprise. It's a paid service, but they are giving a year free iOS and Android users based on the news of BBM dying. I doubt many people will use it.
there's no point migrating to it because you lose your contacts, chat history and all of the consumer features. It's as bare bones as the chat clients come.

BBM on the BB10 devices still runs on the old Blackberry servers and should continue to exist as long as they keep the lights on with BBMe.
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Zero1 wrote: I didn't think BBM was going to shut down at all since it became a multi platform service.
The fact that they held off for so long to port to other platforms namely iOS & Android guaranteed BBM’s demise. They basically missed the boat and should’ve done it when they had market dominance. Not that it would’ve saved BlackBerry itself, but at least they could create some sort of revenue stream from monopolizing across all major platforms.

This is a “they missed the train...but a lot” type of story! It’s their arrogance that killed the PING machine. Lol.
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vancityguy0 wrote: The fact that they held off for so long to port to other platforms namely iOS & Android guaranteed BBM’s demise. They basically missed the boat and should’ve done it when they had market dominance.
agreed.

man, RIM were filled with such hubris and self-satisfaction at their peak. hardware, software, everything.

image a world where BBM was THE dominant global messaging platform, instead of WhatsApp. iMessage, FB Messenger, et al

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