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BlackBerry just announced another disaster quarter and is currently valued at under the value of its assets, yet despite public pleading, no one wants to buy them. They also just laid off 4,500 of their remaining employees and left the consumer market.

But we’re not here to talk about the horrific financials of an imploding company. We’re here to bring the news that Blackberry released BBM (a very capable IM client) for iOS and Android today. It is currently available in Eastern hemisphere countries and is making its way around the globe.

In 2008, this would have been bigger news. Now, you can use it to ask your remaining BlackBerry friends which color iPhone they will be getting.

Update: It looks like the app has disappeared from the stores it has already hit. 

Update 2: Here’s why:

Prior to launching BBM for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online. The interest and enthusiasm we have seen already – more than 1.1 million active users in the first 8 hours without even launching the official Android app – is incredible. Consequently, this unreleased version caused issues, which we have attempted to address throughout the day.

Our teams continue to work around the clock to bring BBM to Android and iPhone, but only when it’s ready and we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM. We are pausing the global roll-out of BBM for Android and iPhone. Customers who have already downloaded BBM for iPhone will be able to continue to use BBM. The unreleased Android app will be disabled, and customers who downloaded it should to register for updates on official BBM for Android availability.

As soon as we are able, we will begin a staggered country roll-out of BBM for Android and continue the roll-out of BBM for iPhone. Please follow @BBM on Twitter for the latest updates and go to to sign-up for updates about BBM for Android and iPhone. These issues have not impacted BBM service for BlackBerry.

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31 Responses to “Five years late, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) rolling out for iPhone”

  1. If they released this 3-5 years ago priced at $9.99 they would of made a boat load of cash! Oh and “Public public pleading” ?

  2. ” Now, you can use it to ask your remaining BlackBerry friends which color iPhone they will be getting. ”

    That is pretty low end on your end is it not? Not everyone needs a iPhone you know. It sucks when you have fanboys saying stupidity like this. Reminds me of the same shit Android fan boys do. Not a Blackberry fan boy but that was a low ball from your end sir.

    Anyways happy to see it came out. I can see a lot of people using it / trying it out.

    • 311sie says:

      No… no… It was actually pretty funny.

    • Lee Palisoc says:

      Don’t take it seriously dude. It’s pretty funny.

    • akismet-e164e54d12450fe24368609a92436c87 says:

      I think you’re missing that it’s a joke and we happen to be on 9to5mac, not 9to5smartphones. The joke is that other phones are more relevant in today’s times, and of course a site focused on Apple is going to use an iPhone for the joke.

    • Was trying to be funny….

      In reality no one has friends with BlackBerry anymore

    • pbranham says:

      Nope, sorry, but that was a hilarious jab at the reality of things. I don’t know a single person from my circle of friends, colleagues, and casual acquaintances who has a Blackberry anymore. The last time I personally saw someone use one was in 2010, and that was when I had a summer job working for a company that provided them for the technicians because they were dirt cheap.

    • Luis Lopes says:

      About that “low ball” commentary. Do you really think there is space for felling sorry when such a big company as BB goes down because they repeatedly made the wrong choice?

      BB10 is a great OS. Unfortunately they were 5 years late , so when they finnally realized what people want, they simply couldnt find buyers and software suppliers left for they products (guess what, they all went to Android and iOS to fulfill their needs)

      So Blackberry is the perfect example of what shouldnt be done! They didnt understand the market and that was a fatal error. Nokia, Microsoft, even Apple on 1997, they all made de same error but they all had luck of being able to fix it before its too late.

      Remember Kodak?! Once it was the first company to sell a digital camera (years after went down because of ….”digital cameras”)

  3. Stef Tedja says:

    already in app store Indonesia, name app BBM

  4. rettun1 says:

    Yeah this article seemed very critical. “But we’re not here to talk about the horrific financials of an imploding company.” Damn…

  5. The last BBM to the last Blackberry will be made on an iPhone.

  6. Oh wow. Is this article serious? I don’t suppose you’ve even used the BB Z10?

  7. And now BBM is launching but still not available on android devices.

  8. It’s a great news for all iPhone users but when it going to be released worldwide.

  9. It happened good but too late. But finally got a good news.

  10. It has become great news for iphone users and I will inform my friends by sharing the post.Thanks for sharing the news.

  11. Another industry coming in picture before the world, what black berry is doing would set market for young enterprenur to start their own business of innovation in mobile services above app,s.