No more queue for BBM; voice and video calling coming soon


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You will no longer need to twiddle your thumbs and wait for BlackBerry to send you an email, letting you join the fun on the messenger. You can simply download the app, create a BlackBerry ID and start adding your family and friends using their BBM pins.

BBM was launched officially for Android and iOS a week ago amidst much fan-fare. Despite the fact that BlackBerry had earlier aborted an attempt to launch the app on both platforms last month, there were millions who wanted to get a hold of the app, so much so that BBM was downloaded a total of 10 million times within the first 24 hours of the launch

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There’s another bit of good news for BBM for Android and iOS users. Phone Arena has reported that Andrew Bocking, Executive VP of BBM for BlackBerry has assured users on Sunday that voice and video calling abilities using these apps are coming in a few months.

Bocking has assured that BBM for iOS and Android will remain free, CBC’s Andrea Bellemare has tweeted that the Canadian company could be looking at monetising the applications via BBM Channels. Calling Channels a “social engagement platform within BBM,” Bocking said that it spreads the “BBM experience to brands, artists, businesses and communities, you will now be able to connect with individuals and groups in real time.”

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