BBM, whats the big deal?
Just interested to see replies from people who use BBM and see it as a major draw to a BlackBerry.
I love my 9900 but don't have a single contact on BBM. I can't find anything on the BlackBerry website about why BBM is such a big deal.
I can have group chats in Whatsapp. I can have chats and voice calls on Viber soon. People on iOS and Android and WP7 can have chats and voice and video chats on Skype. All cross platform.
My wife has an Android phone and with a shared Google account we have a shared calendar.
Im just wondering why people from other platforms would really care about BBM at all when they have programs that maybe don't offer the same text based functionality that BBM does, but have voice and video as well instead, which surely would trump just text.
- 03-22-2012, 05:09 PM #2
I think BBM is a big deal because the BlackBerrys are always connected to the server. I find that other instant messengers lose their connection to the server, and I have to sign in again from time to time. That is if I even realize I'm not connected. With BBM you don't have to worry about that: it's always connected. Also, with BlackBerry, you'll use less data because of the compression. That goes for BBM, too.
Last edited by Tõnis; 03-22-2012 at 05:11 PM.
- 03-22-2012, 05:14 PM #3
Its really fast, it let's you know when the other person has read your message and RIM and intergrated it into their devices so smoothly.
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- CrackBerry User
03-22-2012, 05:20 PM #5
- 68 Posts
It's secure, fast, fun, easy to find and connect to people all over the world, and if everyone had a blackberry there would be no need for the others......it's free. Did I mention cool as h*ll? Gimme some time to get awake and I'll have some more.....
- 03-22-2012, 05:26 PM #6
BBM is the sh!t. Pure and simple.
I have sms'd, mms'd, icq'd, msg'd, app'd, ping'd, IM'd, aim'd, kik'd, orkut'd, googled, air'd, aug'd, and fb'd(I am sure I am missing a few). I used to try almost any type of IM app. Past tense.
I use BBM + Trillian (Only cause some people demanded whatsapp, so I just bought it to make other non BB users happy)
What I will never understand is someone who has a BB and doesn't have a single BBM contact. What's the problem?Cuius testiculos habes, habeas cardia et cerebellum...
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- 03-22-2012, 05:31 PM #7
1) I can spend hours on BBM without trashing any data limits.
2) The UI on anything else may sometimes look cooler, but BBM is more functional with its integration to messaging and the OS. I can go to messaging & right into the conversation.
3) It doesn't suck the life out of my battery like Whatsapp does.More thoughts at Bill's Spiritual Musings. http://billkraski.blogspot.com
- 03-22-2012, 05:33 PM #8
Doesn't use alot of battery
Doesn't use a lot of data
D and R
Uses data not sms
Picture sharing with options for pictures size
Voice note sharing
Location sharing using BB Maps
Send calendar appointments
Ping repeatedly haha
Backup and Restore options
Good selection of emotion faces
BBM connected apps
It is great if you have other BlackBerry contacts. I'm working on getting some of my friends and family to switch!
Last edited by chrisy520; 03-22-2012 at 05:44 PM.
Surprised this was moved to a sub forum as Im sure other people would be in the same conundrum and would find positives of BBM interesting, and its more likely to spur discussion if its not buried in a sub forum with minimal traffic, but oh well.
So far theres 2 major positives, battery efficiency and BBM connected apps, battery efficiency in particular is a massive plus.
Found it interesting when people suggested BBM be cross platform with other platforms paying for it, I was wondering why anyone would pay for it on another platform. I still don't see how it would work, I very much doubt people would pay for a chat app that does some things well, but doesn't offer options like voice and video chat that other apps do for free on other ecosystems, like Skype or Viber.
Still hoping for more answers to make it clearer, but at the moment sounds like RIM started a brilliant idea, but they've fallen behind in neglecting options like voice/video, while other chat programs have included them.
I doubt data usage from text chat on apps like Skype, Viber, Whatsapp etc would amount to too much.
- 03-22-2012, 07:39 PM #10
Your thread is now in the correct forums for BlackBerry native Apps.
For me there's way more than 2 pros.
Right now I use Live Profile as a BBM replacement as I only have two people left I know using a BlackBerry. But Live Profile doesn't offer nearly what BBM does. It is awesome for just chat with sent and read receipts thought. PLUS, it's cross platform. LP is a bit hard on my battery though. Can't share files, voice notes, etc.
Not sure what you're looking for. I gave a pretty big list and others gave their reasons as well.
Video BBM will probably come with BB10. I had Skype on my Android and it was neat. But I didn't use it as much as I thought I would. Would be a nice options to have.
I can't wait til I can delete LP and just use BBM...Like I used to back in the old days when BlackBerry was on top. It'll happen again. Oh yes.
Last edited by chrisy520; 03-22-2012 at 07:44 PM.
- 03-22-2012, 07:50 PM #11
It's not just the data from text that people are concerned about. I think the im programs use data just being on/connected. If whatsapp is keeping you signed in, great. I'm sure BBM is more reliable and, as mentioned, better on battery life.
- 03-22-2012, 07:54 PM #12
As Crissy Said BBM offers a lot.
BBM offers a bit more anonymity, once I delete someone from BBM and Block them, they need to buy a New BlackBerry to re add me, they can't just create a new account, and once I switch Blackberry's there is no way unless I publish my PIN for them to re add me.
BBM's UI is clean and simple with multiple options,
BBM uses less data than any other IM client as it is designed with data conservation in mind, it auto compresses images and gives you the ability to download the higher rez one, voicenotes are very very small, you've got Profile pictures again heavily compressed and status notifications are controllable as to how much you want to see.
Group Chat offers shared calendars, shared lists, multiple chats, notifications can again be shut off or activated.
Video Chat is pointless on current RIM phones because they don't have FFC's, as for Free Voice calls, RIM offers MVS to Enterprise users, but they don't have a consumer product, and people developing for consumer products can't see how to make money with the RIM consumer products.oops...
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- CrackBerry Abuser
03-23-2012, 01:32 AM #13
- 272 Posts
I'm a heavy user of BBM and Whatsapp (for friends on the other side of the platform).
BBM is great for the battery, can do and share so much with your contacts and yes, I can't really live without the little D and R. Not to mention I can add someone to my contacts just by sharing a pin.
Whatsapp can do probably 80-90% of what BBM can, but it's a major battery hog and can't send documents (which is kinda inconvenient when I want to get some work done and have to send via email).
What I dislike is you'll need to give out your telephone number in order to add a contact.Mad Hatter: Have I gone mad?
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It's native. - As in built into the system? Thats nice, doesn't really matter if it doesn't offer the features non native apps do does it?
No bugs. - Same as above
Doesn't use alot of battery - Big plus
Doesn't use a lot of data - I was under the impression everything sent through a BlackBerry goes through the data compression but I take it this is more efficient through BBM so yes this is a plus
D and R - Plus in some ways, neg in others! People will know when Im ignoring them!
Uses data not sms - Same as most other apps
Picture sharing with options for pictures size - There on Whatsapp for sure
Voice note sharing - On whatsapp
Location sharing using BB Maps - on viber
Music sharing - With a subscription
Groups - On whatsapp
Broadcast messages - Whats this?
Copy chats - Don't think this is easy to do on other apps Ive tried, so yes, a plus
Save chats - On whatsapp
Send calendar appointments - A plus but don't know how often this is needed when you can schedule an appointment and invite anyone needed form the calendar app
Ping repeatedly haha - Meaning the phone vibrates right? Doesn't it do that on any message from any app if you want it to?
Secure - I don't mind if people read my messages telling my family I love them! And I certainly wouldn't trust its security if saying something I wouldn't want to be caught for in a Middle Eastern country or China, for example
Fast - Never found other apps slow, but ok
Backup and Restore options - Ok
international free - Most cross platform apps are
Good selection of emotion faces - Ok, I guess, don't know anyone who uses those extensively
Simple UI - Ok, I guess
BBM connected apps - Big plus
All in all, would you really go through the list above and count all of those reasons as to why to pay monthly for BBM if it was offered on another platform? I wouldn't. Id laugh at how they expect to charge you for something that doesn't offer voice and video as most other apps do, wouldn't you?
I didn't realise the compression on BBM was a lot better than on other apps, would make more sense then as I trade loads of pics and vids with my wife through the day.
I still can't really imagine people on other platforms casting envious glances at BlackBerry users for BBM or willing to pay for BBM on other platforms though, when apps like Viber and Skype are free, can you?
- 03-23-2012, 04:13 PM #15
Look, just watch the "Night Bikes" commercial. Jake and Ben are really cool. They're not dicking around with some "whasapp" messenger on buggy android devices. They're using BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) on world class BlackBerry Bold smartphones. That's why the night bike ride is a success.
- 03-23-2012, 04:21 PM #16
Another reason I like it is because if someone has a BlackBerry you know they have BBM. To use Live Profile I had to tell my friends and family and send them the link and hope they download it.
I really just prefer native apps in all platforms because those apps seem to just work better with the OS and have better integration.
- CrackBerry Abuser
03-23-2012, 05:56 PM #17
- 113 Posts
I think that you are looking at this the wrong way, you are assuming that it is just the BBM application that people will be paying for, it isn't. With them pushing BBM connected apps, it has become a platform not just a simple app. With the apps that we have now that are BBM connected, imagine the android apps that could be BBM connected.
I guess that best way of describing it is, what the messages app in BB OS is for email and how every app seems to be integrated into it, BBM can be that for IM.
For me, what makes BBM great:
1 - Always on, I hate having to remember to log in.
2 - Broadcasts - this is both a pro and a con. Like all good tools, some people just abuse it.
3 - Group chats, with shared calenders, lists, a pictures folder
4 - It comes installed on every BB, you have to actively delete it for it not to be there.
5 - The ease of adding someone and the different options.
6 - The fact that they use a pin as the reference for contacts and not an email address or a phone number. This is actually very important to me. Unless I give people my number or email address, all they have is my pin and that is it.
7 - It does not take it upon itself to scan my contacts list to see who else has BBM and automagically add them.
8 - Pin Messages
9 - The fact that you can accept or reject or even block invitations from anyone and if you change your mind, you can unblock them.
- CrackBerry Genius
03-23-2012, 06:53 PM #19
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Whatsapp need telephone numbers to connect people oppose to a pin. (I have seen who has whatapp through my BB's contacts so I'm sure that's correct).
Also people are more likely to give someone their BBM pins over telephone numbers for whatsapp.
Plus most of the other posts above.
I'm always BBM'in
- CrackBerry Abuser
03-24-2012, 12:01 AM #23
- 119 Posts
The thing with bbm and it's competitors is that they never get it right or its popularity wanes and they just come back to bbm, it's like a brotherhood.
Because all the things bbm does others maybe get a few of them right but never all. Other options maybe do bits and pieces of what bbm does. But bbm just does it all in a nice neat package and it's already there you don't have to convince them to download it because it's already there.
Also on a side note if your single its by far the easiest way to connect with someone or start talking to them and should that person turn crazy its easy as can be to just delete and block
Also not to mention its quick as he'll. I need an instant answer, bam right into the appropriate fire away and I'll get a response quickly and I'll know they are typing. couple of quick pings to get their attention
It's private secure, baked right into the os, easy on the battery. How they tout the ease it is to post something straight to Facebook or twitter because it's all connected almost every app is connected to bbm so it's easy to share what your doing from that app from pictures to calendars. Bbm groups are a whole other beast on its own. I'm a baseball coach so managing my team and setting up practice and games are a breeze. Because I can get the teams input in a group chat, post pictures of uniforms and put in appointments for practices into the group calendar that automatically show up inside every other group members native calendars
It works smoothly . And the status updates just knowing what everyone is up to. It sorta of its own twitter feed in the sense its always updating. I can't think of anything else but bbm is best experienced. When you have 20 or more people or a group of people who are active in bbm
Last edited by jayemmbee; 03-24-2012 at 12:10 AM. Reason: Additions
- 03-24-2012, 12:19 AM #24
My advice is to add some people to your BBM or join a few groups ( http://forums.crackberry.com/social-...e-sharing-f51/ ), try some BBM connect apps and then think about what it has to offer.Owner of T-Mobile Bold 9780 and a 16GB Playbook