BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 launches October 7th

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BlackBerry® Messenger is the instant messaging (IM) program that’s unique to BlackBerry smartphone users. You can instantly chat, send and receive pictures, and set your availability status using a familiar desktop IM look and feel—all from your BlackBerry smartphone.

A new version of BlackBerry Messenger will soon be available. We’ve been trying a leaked version of BBM 5.0 for a couple of months now and we couldn’t be more impressed with the new features:

  • Enhanced SMS -Allows for a conversational chat-like user experience with a single contact list for the most personal mobile-to-mobile communications
  • Avatars -Users can choose a picture from the BlackBerry Smartphone gallery and save it as their personal avatar, which will be seen by their contacts. They can also view other avatars in the contact list and zoom in on the avatars of contacts participating in a conversation by selecting “View participants.”
  • Large Media File Transfer -Users can send/receive large file transfers up to 6 megabytes for pictures, files and audio.
  • Enhanced Group Functionality -Allows for the ability to update, share & communicate with a subset community.
  • Bar-code Identity -A user can add a contact to the BlackBerry Messenger contact list by displaying a 2-dimensional bar code that invitees can capture with their device cameras.
  • Reliable Contact Backup and Restore -Contacts are backed-up on a server and do not require the need for BlackBerry® Desktop Manager.


  • sarah
    when is it being released for Canada?
  • jlay's 8:00 pm est. and nothing, how come there was no news about it NOT coming out on time? Oh yeah, and when the heck are they going to release OS 5.0 ? My Tour is getting cold, I still feel like I got ripped off with them releasing a new one already.
  • impak875
    I got $10 on 5pm EST... LOL
  • These types of updates are usually released later in the day (read: not morning). I'm hearing everything from noon to this evening sometime.
  • Fourptfive
    Sometimes NOTHING can be a very COOL HAND.
  • Oliver
    $10 says nothing shows up today!!
  • Eric
    OK its the 7th and no update???
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