BlackBerry Messenger To Land On iOS (and Android), June 27? – [RUMOR, UPDATED]

BlackBerry Messenger To Land On iOS (and Android), June 27? – [RUMOR, UPDATED]


The official account of T-Mobile UK has tweeted to confirm that BlackBerry’s ‘Messenger’ (BBM) service will become avaialble for both iOS and Android users, on June 27.

Despite this, however, others are dismissing the claims as “bogus.”

BlackBerry Messenger, (or BBM), is a proprietary internet-based instant messenger and videotelephony application included on BlackBerry devices, that allows messaging (and videocalls for BlackBerry 10 smartphones) between BlackBerry users. It was developed by the manufacturer of the BlackBerry, BlackBerry (formerly, Research In Motion).

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(credit: MacRumors)

Messages sent via BlackBerry Messenger are sent over the Internet and use the BlackBerry “PIN” system, esentially meaning that communication is currently only possible between BlackBerry devices. The service possibly coming to iOS and Android devices would be pretty big news.

Business Insider, however, has dismissed the claims:

“It’s unclear why T-Mobile tweeted that information, but it’s not correct,” the publication writes. “There were some scattered reports yesterday with the June 27 launch date, so it’s possible whoever runs the T-Mobile UK [account] picked up on those without checking with the higher ups.”

@Phandroid also responded to the claims, adding:

21 days until we find out who’s right.


UPDATE: Tweet Deleted

T-Mobile in fact just deleted the tweet in question, perhaps suggesting that Business Insider was right, and their initial information was incorrect.

/ Slashgear