back to article BBM is dead, long live BBMe: Encrypted chat plat opened up to all as consumer version burns

BlackBerry has said it will open up its BBM Enterprise encrypted chat service to all-comers as the consumer version nears death. The pioneering OTT (over-the-top) chat service was first introduced in 2005 and after BlackBerry's refusal to unbundle it from its phones became widely imitated, allegedly most successfully by …

  1. Paratrooping Parrot

    I prefer


    1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: I prefer

      I like Signal, too but BBM is better for groups, which you can't really manage with Signal. But there are other alternatives which are less likely to be thrown to the wolves: Threema, for example, has a dedicated business product.

      1. Korev Silver badge

        Re: I prefer

        I like both Signal and Threema, the only problem is my friends don't... I have over 10X more contacts on WhatsApp than the other two.

        1. Bronek Kozicki

          Re: I prefer

          ... it is a common problem :(

        2. Adrian 4 Silver badge

          Re: I prefer

          Why give in and use a dead end like Whats App ?

          If they value your contact, they'll use your preference. If they don't .. well, why do you need them ?

          1. phuzz Silver badge

            Re: I prefer

            "If they value your contact, they'll use your preference."

            Except of course, that cuts both ways...

        3. Hans 1

          Re: I prefer

          If you use WhatsApp, your opinion does not count.

  2. Eddy Ito

    Really? I noticed it becoming just another spam channel as everyone I knew moved to other platforms and as a result I turned off notifications for it. They waited far too long to unbundle it and I can't imagine the remaining spammers will be willing to splash actual cash for it.

    1. Genedonraadt

      Which app were tou refferending hee, all of them or just BBM?

  3. Anonymous Coward

    In other news

    Apple is opening up the AppleTalk protocol, and Google has opened sourced the 1998 version of PageRank.

  4. J27 Silver badge


    BBM? What is this 2004?

    1. Hans 1
      Paris Hilton

      Re: Yeah...

      Cared to read to the end ?

      "Because BlackBerry doesn't monetise data, the service won't ask for a phone number, suggest contacts to users, nor does it desire to know where users are messaging from, or what is being shared."

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