06-19-14 01:29 PM
- I love BBM and everything BlackBerry has included into the BBM experience. I traveled to Mexico 5 times last year 2013 and this is what I found.
Companies like "Movistar" offer its customers for 200 pesos. About 16.25 USD per month...
500 minutes (included to call Mexico numbers USA and canada numbers)
250 mb of Internet usage (I think)
Twitter, Facebook, email unlimited for 30 days
And here it is.....
WHATSAPP unlimited for 30 days.....
So what does that mean?? people in Mexico with the company Movistar are not using up there data to use Whatsapp and twitter and Facebook.
When you walk into a mobile store and see Whatsapp plastered all over their AD's it's pretty hard not to avoid it. Companies are feeding people whatsapp and it's a shame BBM isn't go cross platform sooner ever since kik,whatsapp etc started up BlackBerry should have beat them to the punch, and gone cross platform as well.
Thats the past I think this is something BlackBerry should definitely focus on working with carriers around the world to have BBM promoted for them.
Posted via CB1006-15-14 02:43 AM
- Even here in Lebanon, WhatsApp is plastered all over the billboards. In lebanon we have 2 telecom companies, mtc touch and alfa. Both companies offer a whatsapp bundle. Mtc touch offers 200mb of whatsapp for 4$ a month and alfa offers 100mb of whatsapp for 2$ a month saying its more than enough.
I live in montreal, canada and ive seen people here in lebanon run business on whatsapp. Even doctors ask you to send them your test results over whatsapp.
This fact here makes me believe that people dont really care about privacy and are ready to share their phone numbers with anybody
Posted via CB1006-15-14 02:57 AM
- When you install BBM for the first time, your contact list is empty. You have to request each and everyone, for pins. Good for privacy.
On the other hand, when you install WhatsApp, you just have to tap on 'new chat' button and everyone from your contacts is already there. This is very convenient.
This feature is good for some, and bad for some(privacy reasons). But i think that's the reason why everybody goes for WhatsApp.
Posted via CB1006-15-14 03:26 AM
- Well with BBM you have control over who u wanna chat with. Meet someone and instead of giving your number u give them your pin...if that person ends up being a stocker u simply block him/her.
And that's insane how companies are offering whatsapp so much.... I hope BlackBerry comes up with a plan to execute this
Posted via CB1006-15-14 03:33 AM
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Posted via CB1006-15-14 03:38 AM
- One reason Whatsapp is now more popular could well be Channels. Absolutely fine on BB10....but far too much for a lot of the 'memory struggling' older OS7 and below devices. Channels on these devices has caused major issues, causing, in some cases, BBM to virtually be un-usable. The ones I used to deal with on help pages complained bitterly about this, and as I tried to direct these users to a tried and trusted link to get back an older non channel version, Blackberry didn't like it....saying folks had to move forward. My thoughts were that it was better for people to be able to easily use BBM, even if that meant rolling back to a previous version. Just one more issue why quite a few users gave up and changed platform.06-15-14 04:14 AM
- One reason Whatsapp is now more popular could well be Channels. Absolutely fine on BB10....but far too much for a lot of the 'memory struggling' older OS7 and below devices. Channels on these devices has caused major issues, causing, in some cases, BBM to virtually be un-usable. The ones I used to deal with on help pages complained bitterly about this, and as I tried to direct these users to a tried and trusted link to get back an older non channel version, Blackberry didn't like it....saying folks had to move forward. My thoughts were that it was better for people to be able to easily use BBM, even if that meant rolling back to a previous version. Just one more issue why quite a few users gave up and changed platform.
Posted via CB1006-15-14 05:08 AMLike 4
Posted via CB1006-15-14 05:18 AM
- I gave my phone to my daughter, bought a new one and had to reinstall all my Apps. My original WhatsApp contacts were originally restored in an instant. My BBM, I couldn't log in because I forgot my password. I sent request to BlackBerry to send my password by email. No reply. So I kept uninstalling and installing BBM hoping the problem would go away. After my 4th try, I checked the Spam messages in my Gmail and I found BlackBerry's reply. I almost gave up. This is how hard it is to reinstall BBM and how SUPER easy it is to reinstall WhatsApp in a new phone.06-15-14 05:30 AM
Whatsapp targets all platforms as well, making it the lowest common denominator. When you look at all the numbers as well as think about relationships and contacts. It becomes obvious why BBM is failing comparatively06-15-14 05:32 AM
- 1. Just like with BB10, they are just too late to the party. People don't have a really compelling reason to switch. Whatsapp works very well.
2. Lots of bugs and baterry drain when it was launched on iOS and Android.
3. No WP BBM yet.06-15-14 05:39 AM
- 06-15-14 07:16 AM
I stopped using What'sApp as a social media platform the day I realized that one of my work colleagues showed up on my contact list. Her profile pic was of her in a bikini holding a big novelty drink and a status about how she was enjoying her trip to Mexico. Beside her profile picture, What'sApp had conveniently provided me an option to save this photo of her for me to keep and use for whatever purpose I saw fit. That killed it for me. Today I still have What'sApp installed on my phone but I do not have a profile picture and I never update my status. I use it as a replacement to text colleagues when I am traveling internationally and that is it.
Do I think people shouldn't use What'sApp? No, of course not... like I said, I still use it myself. And when I was in high school and college and working at my first couple jobs, the only people who had my phone number were friends and friends of friends and at that point I really didn't care what they saw in my profile pics or statuses. The majority of people using messaging systems are made up of this group anyways so I'm sure What'sApp will continue to be the front runner in the messaging race.
That being said, I don't think that is justification for BBM to become a 'me too' type platform. The fact that it centres around privacy and pin numbers is exactly what makes it unique. It is the reason I use it as my primary messaging tool. The people on my BBM list are the people I want to have on there. I update my statuses and profile pics as I would in Facebook and I don't have to worry about the possibility of my supervisor or my doctor seeing it. It is my way to message with the people in my life and not just anybody who I once gave out my phone number to.
So I say keep BBM unique. Keep the pins. Bring it out for the desktop. Bring it out for Windows phone and try to sign deals with Telcos that includes it in data plans (because let's face it, BBM started this trend in the first place... it was part of the reason why BBM and BlackBerry became as popular as they did. The fact that What'sApp is now copying the strategy shows how BlackBerry dropped the ball. However having BBM included alongside twitter, Facebook and What'sApp in data plans shouldn't be outside the realm of possibilities). Will following these steps make BBM the #1 messaging platform again? Probably not. But will it allow it to grow to a respectable number of users in its own right? I think so. As the Apple vs Android battle has shown us, being #1 isn't necessarily as important as being in the top 2.06-15-14 07:18 AMLike 6
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