Anyone who's had a BlackBerry will likely tell you that BlackBerry Messenger is one of the coolest features on the device. It allows free and fast messaging to any other BlackBerry user by using a special PIN without worry of text messaging fees. Plus, it allowed you to see when your message was read — a helpful if slightly stalkerish feature. After switching to an iPhone from a BlackBerry, I certainly missed the service, even feeling slightly out of touch with friends still on BBM. Now, if a new rumor is correct, BBM is soon coming to Android and iOS devices.
Find out more after the break.
According to the rumor, the Android version of BBM will come first, followed by an iOS release later this year. And while BBM service is free for BlackBerry users, there is a chance that RIM will charge a fee for Messenger users from other platforms. While I'd certainly welcome this news, I'd assume that RIM will charge a fee for non-BlackBerry users who take advantage of the service. BBM is one of the most attractive features on BlackBerry devices and is often a strong selling point for users to continue using BlackBerrys instead of switching to a different device.