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You can now download BBM for Windows Phone

Good news Windows Phone users! BBM Beta is now available for download from the Windows Phone Store!

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John Sims, President Global Enterprise Services at BlackBerry, announced in Nokia Conversations:

As the popularity of BBM continues to grow, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to expand its availability to the Windows Phone community.

The BBM app for Windows Phone is an exciting new chapter for the BBM service, and we are excited to be working with Microsoft to deliver a new level of collaboration to the Windows Phone platform.

Note:

BBM Beta is compatible with devices running Windows Phone 8 and higher.

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BBM for Windows beta surfaces in Windows Phone Store

BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) for Windows beta has surfaced in the Windows Phone Store. Unfortunately, the only way to use BBM on your Windows Phone device is to get invited to download the app.

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Although BBM for Windows Phone is a “by invitation only” affair, BlackBerry says, “BBM for Windows beta. We’re getting ready to welcome Windows Phone users to the BBM community. BBM brings you together in the moment with friends and family through instant chats, voice calls, picture sharing, voice notes and more.”

BlackBerry is yet to announce when its messaging service will be available for Windows Phone users. We’re guessing, however, that it’ll be available soon.

Phones LTD will let you know once BBM for Windows Phone is available in the Windows Phone Store.

Blackberry looking for way to send money via BBM

Blackberry is looking for a way for BBM users to send money via the messaging service.bbm1

Speaking to Re/code, John Sims, BlackBerry enterprise unit president, said, “We’re meeting with partners and we are exploring the market. Money movement is an important thing.”

According to the site, “While plenty of companies are looking at NFC and other technologies to manage payments in mature markets, Sims said he sees potential in developing markets where BBM is popular, such as Indonesia and parts of Latin America. The company has made steps in that direction before. Last year, it began testing a BBM Money service in Indonesia in conjunction with the local Bank Permata.

“Sims noted that BBM has 85 million monthly active users and has seen daily registration rates increase 40 percent since it added support for Gingerbread, an older version of Android still widely used on phones in developing markets.”

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BBM Voice and Channels now available for Android and iOS

BBM Voice and BBM Channels are now available for Android and iOS. BBM Voice will allow Android smartphone and iPhone users to make free voice calls over the Blackberry Messenger, while BBM Channels allows them to get more social.screen-shot-2014-02-12-at-9-36-20-pm

In a press release, the Canadian phone maker announced, “A new version of BBM™ will be available later today for Android™, iPhone and BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) customers, giving them lots of exciting new features. Android and iPhone customers will now be able to make free voice calls to BBM contacts over a Wi-Fi® or data connection with BBM Voice*, as well as access BBM Channels. In addition, BBM customers on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry** smartphones will have more to chat about with fast one-click sharing of photos, documents, voice notes and more. BBM customers will also be able to share their live location for a specified amount of time with other BBM contacts by using location sharing, powered by Glympse, and will have 100 new emoticons available to help them say what’s on their mind.”

John Sims, President, Global Enterprise Solutions at BlackBerry, said, “BBM continues to deliver new functionality as a premier messaging platform that provides a simple and effective way to stay connected. Today’s announcement gives Android and iPhone customers the rich experience of BBM Voice and BBM Channels – two great ways to connect with friends, family and colleagues, to build out communities around shared interests, and to follow your favorite people and brands. BBM continues to quickly evolve as a social mobile platform for consumers as well as for business customers through innovative features that give you great new ways to connect and share with each other.”

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BBM Voice and Channels For iOS and Android coming soon?

According to a report, Blackberry is planning to make BBM Voice and Channels available for Android smartphones and the iPhone.bbm

The news comes to us courtesy of Gizbot. According to the site, “The QWERTY smartphone maker has once again taken another step towards its growth as it plans to make a host of features like the BBM Voice and BBM Channels, available on iPhones and Android smartphones soon. The company is yet to disclose the release of the service.”

BlackBerry’s Senior Director, Channel Marketing Asia Pacific, Krishnadeep Baruah, said, “There is a continuing focus on security and privacy, and yet opening it up for a wider user base.”

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