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  1. jhrain's Avatar
    Well, I guess BBM is giving up on Consumer market. I got the following message a few minutes ago from BBM. BBM Consumer service is shutting down 31 May 2019.-screenshot_20190418-074827.jpg
    04-18-19 08:54 AM
  2. baiosss's Avatar
    No bbm anymore?
    04-18-19 09:01 AM
  3. Kommandant's Avatar
    Blackberry : we Love our customers. NOT
    cyberdoggie likes this.
    04-18-19 09:06 AM
  4. Chris_R's Avatar
    yeah, also got this now. Was this "known" ? it's the first time I hear about this.
    04-18-19 09:15 AM
  5. conite's Avatar
    Blackberry : we Love our customers. NOT
    Customers don't like BBM.
    04-18-19 09:19 AM
  6. AmritD's Avatar
    Oh man. :/
    04-18-19 09:20 AM
  7. thurask's Avatar
    Blackberry : we Love our customers. NOT
    What customers?
    neoberry99 and MB64 like this.
    04-18-19 09:22 AM
  8. Seff5677's Avatar
    Not surprised to see this, it was really a matter of time. To bad though it was a nice messenger
    04-18-19 09:23 AM
  9. Apple Aya's Avatar
    Too bad. But everyone I know has moved on to whatsapp. Only one person was still hanging on to BBM
    04-18-19 09:26 AM
  10. Kommandant's Avatar
    I’m sorry. I mean emtek
    04-18-19 09:35 AM
  11. muecke63's Avatar
    I don't understand what this means. They keep supplying new sticker packs but shut it down?
    04-18-19 09:39 AM
  12. Chuck Finley69's Avatar
    I don't understand what this means. They keep supplying new sticker packs but shut it down?
    Yes and you can go back to BB version for $5/yr and it’s billed only $2.50/ six months. Great deal unless you like FB Messenger or WhatsApp as free alternative other than data mining. Take your pick. Either way BB isn’t going under giving away free crapps...
    cyberdoggie and BBeast like this.
    04-18-19 09:42 AM
  13. Dunt Dunt Dunt's Avatar
    I don't understand what this means. They keep supplying new sticker packs but shut it down?
    Supplying new stickers was a way to create interest and maybe revenues... it didn't work.

    BBMe (enterprise) from BlackBerry will soon be on Google Play... they are going to offer it for free for a year. But not stickers, store or channels....
    04-18-19 09:44 AM
  14. cyberdoggie's Avatar
    Time to switch to Signal entirely I guess. Whatsapp not an option given privacy and security issues.
    illsince1977 likes this.
    04-18-19 12:58 PM
  15. cyberdoggie's Avatar
    In their announcement BBM says: "Three years ago, we set out to reinvigorate BBM consumer service, one of the most loved instant messaging applications."
    ?!?
    If it was one of the most loved IM solutions, why was it shut down?!?
    Another nail in the coffin I guess. We should have seen this one coming.
    elfabio80 likes this.
    04-18-19 01:04 PM
  16. Munchkinguy's Avatar
    This is great news! $5 per year is something I would actually pay for, given the security features.
    04-18-19 01:10 PM
  17. conite's Avatar
    This is great news! $5 per year is something I would actually pay for, given the security features.
    Or use Signal or Telegram for free.
    Trouveur likes this.
    04-18-19 01:33 PM
  18. The_Dark_Knight_Forever's Avatar
    Or use Signal or Telegram for free.
    Conite, what is the closest thing to the consumer version of BBM that is available for free? I'm interested in an alternative that does not require my phone number to be given to a contact. BBM was perfect because it only required the PIN to be given. I'd also like to have the Sent, Delivered & Read status also like in BBM. Is there something secure that at least has those features?
    B B Mens in Japan likes this.
    04-18-19 01:47 PM
  19. brookie229's Avatar
    I'm interested in an alternative that does not require my phone number to be given
    AFAIK there isn't another one that does NOT require phone number. Maybe I will be corrected?

    or maybe there are: Telegram does NOT share your # but does require you to do an initial sign-in for verification and your number remains private.
    Last edited by brookie229; 04-18-19 at 02:01 PM.
    04-18-19 01:49 PM
  20. The_Dark_Knight_Forever's Avatar
    AFAIK there isn't another one that does NOT require phone number. Maybe I will be corrected?
    I sure hope you're wrong about that. I mean that respectfully. The fact that a phone number is not needed to be given to a contact is one of the best security features I've ever seen.
    04-18-19 01:53 PM
  21. johnsliderbb's Avatar
    Depends. For both Line and Wechat you need a phone number to register. However you can use a contact ID to connect to others without disclosing the phone number.

    Wechat is not private and apparently censored. Fwiw
    04-18-19 01:57 PM
  22. conite's Avatar
    Conite, what is the closest thing to the consumer version of BBM that is available for free? I'm interested in an alternative that does not require my phone number to be given to a contact. BBM was perfect because it only required the PIN to be given. I'd also like to have the Sent, Delivered & Read status also like in BBM. Is there something secure that at least has those features?
    Telegram is the most full-featured IM app that isn't owned by Facebook (WhatsApp and Messenger).

    Yes, you sign-up with a phone number, but you don't have to make it visible to other contacts.
    04-18-19 02:00 PM
  23. baiosss's Avatar
    Why don't you use BBM enterprise? Its free for a year. Then decide what IM is best for you.
    04-18-19 02:03 PM
  24. The_Dark_Knight_Forever's Avatar
    Depends. For both Line and Wechat you need a phone number to register. However you can use a contact ID to connect to others without disclosing the phone number.

    Wechat is not private and apparently censored. Fwiw
    Is Line secure with encryption?
    04-18-19 02:06 PM
  25. The_Dark_Knight_Forever's Avatar
    Telegram is the most full-featured IM app that isn't owned by Facebook (WhatsApp and Messenger).

    Yes, you sign-up with a phone number, but you don't have to make it visible to other contacts.
    Thanks! I'll check it out.
    04-18-19 02:07 PM
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