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BBM app review: enjoy chatting with BBM friends and family



Just because your friends or family may not have an Apple device like you doesn't mean you can't enjoy instant messaging and chatting with them. The BBM app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone gives users the ability to chat with their friends who have a Blackberry device. This is the official BBM app straight from BlackBerry itself and gives users the ability to not just chat but also send pictures, voice calls, and voice notes. What's really convenient is that this app is always open so you're always ready to accept messages from contacts.

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Cross-Platform Chatting

There's no need to let a simple little thing like a different device stop you from chatting with contacts. The official BBM app makes it possible for you to use your iDevice to chat with friends and family on their BlackBerry devices. The app is very convenient in that you don't have to open it in order to use it, once installed it's always open. By using the app you can share photos, take part in voice calls, instant chatting, and voice notes. When using this app you'll be able to see when messages have not only been delivered to the recipient but also read by them.

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This social networking app requires iOS 7.0 or later to use and is free to download but there are a number of in-app purchases. These purchases provide you with fun stickers and expressions to add to your messages and range in price from $0.99 to $1.99. The app has 3.5 out of five stars from users who have called it useful but would like to see additional features added and some stability improvements. Speaking of which its' recent update includes being able to now share multiple pictures at one time and you can see when your recipient has received and then viewed your photo.

Chat with friends who have a BlackBerry device
Chat with friends who have a BlackBerry device

Chatting Features

There are a few features included in the BBM app such as being able to let your contacts see where you are on a map, you can retract a message, you can use emoticons to really show them how you feel, and you can view when the recipient is actually responding to your message. You can send out a message to more than one contact at a time and you can take part in multi-person chats. When you first install the app you can start by creating your own profile complete with a photo or image and you can update your status whenever you like.

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Check out a variety of BBM channels
Check out a variety of BBM channels



Pros and Cons


  • The app makes it possible to chat across platforms
  • Send instant chat messages, documents, files, pictures, voice notes, and even enjoy a voice call
  • View when your message has been delivered and read
  • Send out a message to more than one contact at a time
  • Chat to more than one person in a conversation


  • The app isn’t always stable it seems and some would like to see more features added

Final Thoughts

The BBM app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone is a convenient tool for those who want to be able to chat with friends who have a BlackBerry device.


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