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What If Apple Simply Doesn’t Approve BBM for iOS?

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There’s been a lot of talk about BBM going cross-platform since it was announced at BlackBerry Live 2013, but the conversation has largely been centered around whether BBM going cross-platform is good for device sales. The real question people should be asking, especially employees of BlackBerry, is whether they’ll be able to get in the App Store in the first place. There are several App Store submission guidelines that BBM violates, as well as the ultimate guideline which is “whatever Apple wants.”
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BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) Goes Cross-Platform Summer 2013

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At BlackBerry Live 2013, BlackBerry has just made a pretty major announcement. As of Summer 2013, BBM will be cross platform. This has been discussed for some time and many have debated whether or not it will happen. On the one hand, many thought that it wouldn’t happen because it’s a crucial customer retention tool for BlackBerry. On the other hand, users want to be able to communicate with their friends, regardless of what smartphone they use.

When BBM launches for other platforms this summer, it will have Messaging and Groups features for iOS 6 users and Android users running Ice Cream Sandwich. For the following updates, other platforms will get BBM Voice, Screensharing and BBM Channels.

BlackBerry Announces BBM Channels: A New Social Network for BlackBerry Users

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At BlackBerry Live 2013, BlackBerry has announced BlackBerry Channels. Channels is a natural evolution for BBM as it adds a more public and social element to what has always been a fairly private network of users. BBM has gone from what was a very intimate adding process to what seems more open, with brands and individuals being able to set up a space within BBM where people can interact. It should be interesting to see how well this is received because social networks are generally more open than being smartphone-specific.

Channels launches in beta today with a few channels already set up including Mercedes, Alicia Keys, Goo Goo Dolls and more.

RIM Launches the BlackBerry Curve 9315 With Dedicated BBM Button

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If there was any doubt that RIM would be supporting OS 7, it should help to know that even less than a month away from announcing BB10, RIM is still launching OS 7 devices. The BlackBerry 9315 is unique in that it’s incredibly affordable and comes with a dedicated BBM key. It looks like a device that would be popular in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, but it’s coming to T-Mobile USA. More details after the jump.
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First Impressions of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) Voice Service Beta

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RIM recently launched the BBM Voice service in the latest version of BBM, version 7. The service works in a pretty behind-the-scenes manner, adding a Voice Dial icon to any BBM profile that has the latest version and can utilize BBM Voice. The service runs off the WiFi network and allows you to potentially save a great deal of money by not using up voice minutes and piggybacking on a simple BBM data plan. I’ve spent a few days using the service, and I thought I’d put together some initial impressions on the service.
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The 5 Worst People You Will Meet On BBM [Rant]

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BBM is an incredible tool and fun messaging client. The platform has millions of users and it’s the best way to stay in touch with your friends and colleagues that are also on the BlackBerry Platform. With BlackBerry 10, it looks like BBM is only going to get better with video chat and a new user interface. But there’s some people out there that don’t seem to understand basic social norms and it’s important we call them out. By doing so, we can all agree to a set of best practices for BBM or perhaps RIM can implement new features to try and quell these miscreants.
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