This just in, BBM users in the UK, US, Germany and South Africa are seeing a PayPal logo within their chat attachment options. We heard about this initiative back in August between BBM and PayPal. Ultimately, for users unfamiliar you can check the paperclip icon that rests aside the BBM chat text box to see if this integration has become available. BlackBerry Messenger turned 10 this year and it’s really reached far into the software side of mobile tech.
Check out this breakdown of some top features that make BBM excel in the mobile messaging space.
BBM – Feature Rich and Security Conscious
It has a few hundred million installs, (100,000,000 – 500,000,000), 6.4 million reviews (that’s 5x the number of ratings and installs as Telegram) at a very respectable 4.3 avg star rating.. It’s fully cross-platform, and heck, it even beat some of the major players on getting to the Apple Watch. (It’s on Windows Phone and obviously BB10 as well).
BBM is actually pretty damn good. You don’t have to link your phone number, you get a unique PIN that you can give to people.. Or add via an email address. For instance you can add someone from say craigslist (as an example) to message them and then remove/block them (I hate giving out my phone number to random strangers, they can be psycho and blocking phone numbers isn’t very easy without a 3rd party app). Best of yet, you don’t need a phone number to verify the phone.. So those who don’t have a phone number (some people have smartphone/tablet that just works on WiFi and have no number attached to it), BBM works just fine.
It looks great (material design), It has read/write receipts, groups, data voice chat (BBM Voice) very clear sound, as aforementioned PayPal integration (can send friends money very easily from within the app), Glympse integration (to send moving GPS location to friends for x amount of time, nice when telling a friend I am heading over and they can actually see on a map exactly where I am and how far away I am), timed messages (SnapChat-like functionality, can send pictures/messages for x number of seconds that vanish afterwards), Ability to edit/retract messages (if you send a message to the wrong person or screw up a message, you can pull it back or edit it and resend it to that person), I mean it really has a lot of useful features.
And best of all, BlackBerry is putting all of its eggs into the Android basket with the Priv. A phone running stock Android for the most part. This is great because they are going to focus their efforts on their Android and iOS software with their productivity suite from here-on-out (BBM being one of their main BlackBerry Experience Apps) so they are an honest contender. Soon we’ll likely be getting cross platform BlackBerry Blend software which allows your phone to streamline communications like BBM, SMS, and email across devices in a bridged secure tether over Wifi or mobile data connection.
Oh, and it’s free. Unlike the $1/yr or whatever WhatsApp charges (but never actually charges anyone) or whatever the hell is going on with that…