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BBM App - iPhone Users

Posted by on Oct. 24, 2013 at 2:15 PM
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BBM is conquering the iPhone as it tops iOS app charts in 66 countries

Oct 22, 2013 at 3:55 PM

3:55 PM

A day after being released, BBM became the most popular messaging app in the world. By 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, it was ranked as the No. 1 free iPhone app in 66 countries. On Monday, BBM was downloaded more than 5 million times within its first 8 hours of availability. Path was reported to be seeking $100 million in financing on a $1 billion valuation after hitting 10 million registered users back in April. Well guess what? BlackBerry just announced that BBM for iPhone and Android has now been downloaded more than 10 million times since it was released about 24 hours ago.

Of course, Path did not get new funding at a $1 billion valuation and the app dropped out of the iOS top-500 chart this past summer. But Path never made it higher than No. 5 on the U.S. iPhone app charts while BBM hit No. 1 during its first day of availability. Path always had a narrow geographic appeal while BBM has already hit No. 1 in a variety of countries in continents ranging from South America to Africa and Asia.

It is worth noting that in countries like South Africa, Nigeria and Indonesia, BlackBerry still owns more than 30% of the smartphone markets. In these markets, having the BBM app on your new Huawei Android phone has real utility — it suddenly unlocks a large network of contacts. After the splashy start BBM is having, it is quite possible that BBM is on track to hit between 20 million and 40 million iOS/Android downloads by the end of the year if the early success triggers curious sampling by consumers bored with their current messaging apps.

If only BlackBerry had launched BBM on Android and iOS two years ago. It would have allowed BlackBerry to build a LINE-like user base of 100 million to 200 million people, to promote stickers and games aggressively in emerging markets, and to reach a $50 million to $100 million quarterly revenue base from high-margin in-app feature sales and advertising alone.

It is probably too late in the day to hit these marks now — or is it? Will BBM still be able to successfully push into the crowded messaging app market where Line, Kakaotalk, Nimbuzz, Tango, Kik and others are jostling for space?

In any case, this is a glorious day for the picturesque hamlet of Waterloo and its population of 95,000. It now has two messaging apps on the iPhone’s top-30 app chart in the U.S. with BBM and Kik. It is a feat no other city with fewer than 100,000 Canadians has ever managed.

UPDATE: BBM for iPhone users who have updated to iOS 7.0.3 will notice that there are now severe crashing issues with the app. BlackBerry has reached out to BGR to inform us that the crashes are being caused by Apple’s removal of support for a font BBM and other apps had been using. BlackBerry confirmed that it is working to resolve this issue, and a fix is expected to be released sometime on Wednesday.

by on Oct. 24, 2013 at 2:15 PM
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mrzsimmons322
by Crystal on Oct. 24, 2013 at 2:16 PM

I downloaded the app and there's a waiting list. I'm excited I really missed my BBM when I switched over to my iPhone.

SiriSilasMom
by Kanyetta East on Oct. 24, 2013 at 2:39 PM

I downloaded it yesterday too, just because. LOL. I never had a BB so this is new for me. I have an android phone.

Quoting mrzsimmons322:

I downloaded the app and there's a waiting list. I'm excited I really missed my BBM when I switched over to my iPhone.


.Peaches.
by Le Chatte Noire on Oct. 24, 2013 at 2:40 PM

What is BBM?

mrzsimmons322
by Crystal on Oct. 24, 2013 at 2:41 PM

 Instant Messaging

Quoting .Peaches.:

What is BBM?

 

0Kit0
by Gold Member on Oct. 24, 2013 at 3:02 PM

I'm confused.

Is this different than just texting somebody? You need an app to talk to people now? What's the difference? *Yes I live under a rock*

And what about fb. Isn't the little chat thing there IM? So if it's on your phone, it's just texting via fb to me. Does that make sense? See, all I need to do is talk to people. Takes a whole lot less time too.

Now I have to check my daughter's phone to see if she has it.

Quoting mrzsimmons322:

 Instant Messaging

Quoting .Peaches.:

What is BBM?

 


alisheamonet33
by on Oct. 24, 2013 at 3:13 PM

i missed bbm  i just downloaded it on my galaxy s4 !

navybeauty88
by Gold Member on Oct. 24, 2013 at 3:32 PM
I've had it for a few days now. I actually remember my old info and didn't have to wait on that waiting list lol. I really liked BBM back in the day too. I guess Blackberry decided to do this since they are going under.
nikabear
by Platinum Member on Oct. 24, 2013 at 4:39 PM
Thanks for posting this because I seriously forgot to download it!!!
.Peaches.
by Le Chatte Noire on Oct. 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM
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Quoting 0Kit0:

I'm confused.

Is this different than just texting somebody? You need an app to talk to people now? What's the difference? *Yes I live under a rock*

And what about fb. Isn't the little chat thing there IM? So if it's on your phone, it's just texting via fb to me. Does that make sense? See, all I need to do is talk to people. Takes a whole lot less time too.

Now I have to check my daughter's phone to see if she has it.

Quoting mrzsimmons322:

 Instant Messaging

Quoting .Peaches.:

What is BBM?

 


I was wondering that same thing. Does it have different features than text/ FB chat? I feel so lost lol

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