BBM for Android floating around - are you interested?

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  1. JohnDroid

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    We've been hearing rumors about BBM (BlackBerry Messenger for those of you who never used a Blackberry) being tested on Android for some time now. Why would RIM do this? Well, it's no surprise that BlackBerry has been losing marketshare for a while now. So, when the going gets tough, the tough get going or something like that... Perhaps it's just a backup plan and they plan to sell it as a service. Who knows? Regardless, they are toying with that idea. The question is, do you care?

    I used to use BBM with some frequency back in the day, but now that I haven't had it in years I don't even think about it or miss it. It certainly MIGHT help some enterprise customers switch away from BlackBerry to Android -- which is why I find it strange that RIM would even condone it.

    What are your thoughts?

    You can find out a bit more about the BBM on Android at the great TechnoBuffalo article here: BlackBerry Messenger for Android Shown Off in Spy Shots (again) | TechnoBuffalo
     
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    Not caring here... I don't have any friends still on Blackberry...
     
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    I'm from the school of folks that has always wondered what was so special about BBM. Even when I had a Blackberry, I didn't get it. To me, it's just another IM program. To me, it was a pain anyways; because everytime you swapped devices your PIN would change.

    I don't IM much anyways, but when I do, I prefer a solution like Google Talk.

    Which leads me to my next huge question about this: if BBM is based on the device's unique PIN; how on earth is it going to work on non-BB devices? The only way I can think of is if it generated a unique PIN somehow tied to the device's MEID.

    This is one of those things that i'd like to see, not because I am actually interested in the program itself; but rather because I am curious as to how they plan on implementing it.
     
  4. JohnDroid

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    A PIN tied to your Gmail account would be ideal, but I agree... SMS always worked for me. BBM was "super SMS" that was "cheap" as well but not significantly different that I would even waste my time finding out my friends PINs.
     
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    Hmm as it was mentioned, BBM used its own PIN which was ok. But im not sure about using thru gmail acct. i had a lot of friends on it and actually thought it was the greatest thing. i miss it and i wouod give it a shot...i think
     
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    My brother and my dad are big bbm'ers. I'd give it a shot.

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    I can barely muster the give a crap about BBM to type this post...
     
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    That was the problem with it, though. If you got a new BB device, you had to remember to give all your BBM friends your new PIN, because that was the only way they could reference you. I kinda just don't see where it is ANY different from any other instant messenger program out there; aside from being less portable.
     
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    My sister was a big BB user and used BBM with all her collegues. She got a Tbolt on launch. She's going to love this.
     
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    I have one friend that has a BB. And he's getting an IPhone soon. So I guess I'm not interested anymore haha.
     
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    I have a good friend that is die hard bb so I'd go for this

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    I had a BB for my work phone. I have a friend in canada that i would message using BBM. So it would be neat to use BBM with Android
     
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