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      03.01.2012 09:32

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      BBM isbest thing about blackberrys

      BBM is about the only reason I opted for a blackberry when choosing my new contract. I have a friend that lives in Ireland (in in UK) and we speak almost every day, so as a result my phone bills were coming in way over my budget each month as I was being charged per message on top of my usual contract. So as my contract was coming to an end, I decided to get a blackberry (my friend already had one) so that I knew it would be free to text.

      I've had it for over a year now and don't think I'll ever get a different phone. The BBM function has so many advantages for example: it's instant; you can check when messages have delivered or have been read (this may or may not be good for you depending on the situation as you can tell if your being ignored). There is the multi conversation chat, where you can invite 1 or more into the same conversation and also the broadcast option that makes it easier to send the same message to more than one person. This made it so much easier to wish everybody 'Merry Christmas' instead of having to text each individual. The other thing I like is that you can give your bbm pin to somebody without them actually having your number; you can also delete and block contacts if you need too.

      The only problem I have ever had with my blackberry is when the whole network went down for a few days, and believe me my phone has been dropped and bashed about several times!!

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      08.11.2011 22:31
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      Fantastic product, will continue to use it!

      I've had my BlackBerry for over 2 months now and yes i like it. I do like BBMessenger. It's definately got it's advantages!

      I enjoy using BlackBerry Messenger, It's like Instant Messenger on your phone. It's pretty basic, you can send IM messages through to other BBM users. The added advantages are that you are able to send picture messages and videos via BBM which is fantastic is you don't see your friends often and have children or whatnot to update them with.

      I use this service as i have friends that also have BlackBerrys, however, my boyfriend also is a BlackBerry user now that he has upgraded. It is a great feature to use when in a long distance relationship and can make life easier knowing that they are just there, on instant messanger anytime, on your phone. I bet your thinking, but you can send picture messages on any phone to any phone anyway, well Ladies and Gentlemen, through BlackBerry Messenger it's free. Instead of 30p a text you can send several picture messages for free!

      The is a bit of an annoying 'Ping' that is the BBM alert tone but this can always be modified when setting ringtones and tone alerts. You'll also be pleased to know that it doesn't go off if you have set your BlackBerry to the 'All Alerts Off' sound profile.

      There is special BBM software that is already installed onto your BlackBerry which occasionally needs updating which is simple to do and your BB will notify you when it is neccisary to do so. The update is done by using your BB ID and Password and updating the software, quick and simple.

      A great feature of the BlackBerry Messenger is the group chat. With group chat you are able to invite several differnet people from your BBM contacts list and add them to the conversation, there are several different situtations where this would be very useful. For example, I'm currently at University and as part of many of my assignments i have to work as part of a group, the group contact on BBM is a great way of keeping in touch with all of the team members and discuss the work. As it's an IM feature we are able to reply stright away and know that we will get ansered immediately as apposed to emails where it may not be so instant.

      I really enjoy using the BBM and i would say that it has helped out a lot, especially within my long distance relationship. A feature on your phone that maintains a healthy relationship and gets me a degree? I'm all for it!

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        08.11.2011 21:42
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        An application I could definitely live without.

        I've had my Blackberry Bold for just over year now and have been using this somewhat useful feature called Blackberry Messenger since I first got the phone. I didn't see the point of it to be honest when I first started using it.

        If you don't own a Blackberry and don't know anyone that owns one you may never have heard of Blackberry Messenger (BBM). I'm assuming you might have heard of MSN Messenger or Yahoo Messenger previously? Well BBM is basically in instant messaging service provided by Research in Motion (RIM), the makers of Blackberry, on all Blackberry mobile phone handsets. You can only use BBM if you have a Blackberry handset and you can only send BBM messages to others who also have a Blackberry and with knowledge of their PIN number, i.e. you can't add someone by just tapping in their phone number.

        With BBM you can send written messages, pretty much like text messages, via your handset to your recipients with no character limits as you might have with a text message (e.g. with a text message I think you can send up to 160 characters in a message before it counts it as 2 or more messages depending on how much you type). With these messages via BBM you can have "instant messaging conversations" with your contacts. With text messaging each text message is charged for or not depending on what sort of plan you have, e.g. I have 1000 texts a month included on my plan but I don't even use 10% of those these days.

        With BBM you can send unlimited messages to your contacts for no extra cost at all and there's no limit to how many messages you can send. BUT it should be noted that these BBM messages are only free if you have internet use as part of your Blackberry's contract. This is because you're accessing the service via your handset's internet connection or via WiFi (which means you need to be connected to the internet either way).

        Within the BBM feature you can send photos and there's even a selection of smileys available to use when sending message to "pretty up" your message if you so wish. With my current BBM version I have 45 smileys available to use but I don't think I've used more than 1 or 2 of the ones available.

        There's also a "Ping" feature which is probably the most annoying feature for me personally. With this you can "Ping" your friend if you've sent them a message and they haven't responded. If your phone has sounds activated the "Ping" will give you a notification similar to when receiving a new BBM message or text message (depending on how you have your sound notifications set up). I've found the "Ping" feature so annoying in the past when it went off at work that I have disabled all sound notifications for BBM full stop. I've even removed people from my BBM for sending me a "Ping" once too often - although I would point out here that it wasn't easy to figure out how to do this so I ended up just putting them in the "Ignored Contacts" section! Ping that eh?!

        There's also a group chat mode where you can chat with several people at the same time by adding different contacts to the conversation. This is sort of like a conference call you might have at work but in this case it would be a conference chat maybe with a group of friends organising your social calendar... I've been added to group chats once or twice and got rather irked with it quite quickly as people (especially people you don't know) responding every few moments meant my phone kept "flashing" the notification at me that I had new messages. You can choose to leave conversations which I've done pretty quickly in these instances.

        All in all, it might not sound that I'm enamoured with this Blackberry application. It's not really the most useful feature on the Blackberry for me personally but I can see how people arrange their social lives on it. Some of my contacts have status messages on there saying things like "I'm up for a night out in town, anyone interested in joining me?" or "Birthday drinks on *insert date here* @ *insert location here* - be there or be square", etc, which I suppose is as good a way as any to invite people out but remember, not everyone will see these messages because if they're like me, they might not check their BBM for days or weeks on end unless there's specifically a personal message for them waiting to be read.

        As well as a personal status message you can customise your profile with a photo of yourself (or of whoever or whatever you want to), change your availability such as "available" or "busy" and even show what music you're listening to. You can also share photos with your contacts and even videos from your handset. You can also change the style (or look) of the BBM conversations you have such as "Bubbles" or "Stripes" or "No Borders" and order your chat conversations alphabetically or chronologically. You can amend the way the enter key is used - either to send a message or to insert a line break. You can even add people to the "Ignored Contacts" list and back up your contact list to your PC or an external device in case you lost your handset. There are other features as well but I don't feel the need to give every tiny detail of the application as it would tantamount to writing the user handbook for the software!

        To add someone to your BBM network, you need to have their PIN number which is a code you can find in various ways depending on which version of the software you have. Currently I can go into my own profile and see the PIN on that screen or click "Show" for PIN Barcode if someone wants to scan it directly from their handset. The PIN is a set of 8 characters unique to each user made up of a mixture of numbers and letters.

        Some people have dozens or more contacts, I don't have more than 10 people on my BBM network as I don't feel the need to be contacted by every person I know that has a Blackberry via BBM. Strangely enough I see people often advertising their BBM PIN numbers on their Facebook walls asking people to add them which I can never envisage needing to do.

        The actual BBM software is easy enough to install. Generally new handsets come with the software already installed and ready to go but you can also update the software directly through your handset as and when updates are available. I've ignored a couple of requests to update in the last year or so but I accepted one a few months ago just for the sake of it and to see how long it took which was just a matter of minutes. I can say here that I've never had any issues with the software stalling or anything like that since using BBM (even if I have had other issues with the Blackberry OS a few times in general).

        I would point out that BBM has had some rather negative publicity in recent times. There have been worries in parts of the world that due to the fairly anonymous nature of BBM terrorist could use it to plan attacks. Here in the UK BBM was suspected of being one of the mediums (as well as site such as Facebook and Twitter) used by the rioters back in August of this year to spread the word of where riots were to take place. Personally speaking I have nothing to fear about anyone looking into my BBM messages, with the world the way it is today, it's not unnatural to assume anyone can check your text messages, emails, phone conversation or BBM messages to ensure the safety of the public.

        In the time that I've used BBM I've never had to contact customer support (if there is such a thing) so I can't comment on how helpful or effective they might be. I do know that there are various forums on the internet, one of the most popular ones seems to be http://forums.crackberry.com/ where people ask advice about all aspects of their Blackberry including about BBM.



        As I mentioned at the start of this review I wasn't really won over by the benefits of using this application when I first got my Blackberry and well over a year later, I'm still not convinced of its usefulness. Let's just say it's not something I would be upset about if the feature was removed permanently.

        BBM, what do I rate it? A meagre 2 out of 5 stars for me personally as a user although I can somewhat appreciate many other users might feel it's the best thing since sliced bread!

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          24.10.2011 16:47
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          Best way to communicate.

          Where to start with BBM messenger? It's useful to say the least. It a fast and easy way to speak to your friends and other blackberry users. It uses the internet so the connection speed is usually fast, of course this can vary depending on your signal. You can have display pictures, personalized display names and status'.

          With the new BBM messenger you can also play games with other BBM users, depending on what phone you have. BBM is a great way to talk to your friends, or even make new ones. I find asking someone for their BBM pin is less personal and forward than asking for their number.

          Using BBM you can have group conversations with all your friends and also start up groups where a a group of people can talk, exchange pictures and other stuff. You can send pictures to your friends, voice clips and videos. It's similar to IM'ing and I find people reply to BBM's a lot faster than texts. It's basically like having MSN on your phone. You have the usual emotions, plus a few more that you can copy and paste off the name, or other people's display names, such as cute bows or England flags.

          A massive advantage of BBM is the fact you can BBM anyone in the world, no matter where they are. Which saves a lot of money on texting if you're in England and your best friend is in America. You can keep in contact and chat everyday without it costing you a fortune.

          Wanna know if someones read your message? BBM tells you with a little R next to the message indicating the person has seen your message and read it, so you know if someone's ignoring you. Also it tells you the message has been sent with a small D next the message. So they can't claim that haven't received your message. The person still not replied? You can simply ping them, which vibrates their phone. However, if you can't be bothered to reply to someone you can read the first few words of their reply without having to open the message. So on their screen it still says D. Also, if a little red clock comes up next to your message that means there's a problem with your signal.

          Another useful thing about BBM is if you want to speak to someone you just type their display name in and it searches for them. Saves you scrolling through all your BBM contacts to find that one person.

          Downside? Broadcasts. Possibly the most annoying thing about BBM is the broadcasts. This is where people send out a message to everyone in their contacts, usually pointless messages such as, "Rate me out of 10" or "I love Chloe 4eva xoxoxo" or some chain letter about Johnny being killed by a ghost. Yeah, mainly things you don't care about. Unfortunately you can't block these broadcasts, nor can you block a person. You can only delete them, but if the other person wants to speak to, bam, you've gone off their list and they have a sneaky suspicious that you've deleted them.

          BBM is something I couldn't live without. I felt lost without it when the whole BBM network was down. Luckily I could still text, but most the people I speak to on BBM I don't even have their number.

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            29.09.2011 02:22
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            A great free service with a good number of features

            I have a contract Blackberry 9300 3G Curve that came with Blackberry Messenger on as standard, I use this for personal use only. Blackberry Messenger is an inter-blackberry instant messaging programme that is free to use on the contract that I'm on (most Blackberrys on contract offer BBM included as part of the cost). I find the messaging system easy to use, with a similar layout to other instant messaging programmes such as MSN Messenger.

            Adding contacts to BBM can be done using the other Blackberry user's name, email address or PIN number, or by scanning a PIN barcode using the camera on your Blackberry. I find by far the easiest was to add people is using their PIN number (which can be found under the settings menu in the status category), however, I've been able to successfully add contacts using the barcode in the past but had problems using their e-mail addresses. Contacts can even be categorised accordingly (Friends/Family, or even different companies or departments for business use)

            Conversations are very much like exchanging text messages with a main difference that you're given an update as to the status of your sent message. Whilst the message is being sent a loading circle appears next to the message, this changes to a tick when your phone has successfully sent it. When the other Blackberry receives this a D (for delivered) appears next to the tick which then changes to an R (for received) when the other person has actually opened the message on BBM, so you can't use the "I didn't receive it" excuse anymore! BBM Conversations even appear in your message list along with your texts to make it even quicker to access. Multiperson chats can be started that many BBM users can join in on.

            BBM allows you to send pictures, voice notes, files, other BBM and Phone contacts, appointments and your own contact info. It also allows you to send users locations of where you currently are (this can be slow if it takes a while to 'find' satellites, but very neat nonetheless). The file limit must be quite high as I've managed to send music files over BBM before - brilliantly easy way to send music over a longer distance than bluetooth.

            Two features I don't use on BBM, but I can see has potential is firstly the ability to broadcast a message (possibly advertising an impulse party perhaps?) and Blackberry Groups, which are mini-communities you can set up (and chose whether only you, or all members can invite new members) that allow multiple chats to be set up in the group, pictures to be shared along with lists and calenders. I can see that this would be helpful for business use or to organise club activities.

            When setting up Blackberry you chose your display name (other people can edit what they see your display name as - e.g. if they know you by a different name) and you can upload a profile picture, each Blackberry user gets one of these mini profiles that gives a shortcut to the user's PIN barcode or BBM PIN to share, and allows users to put up a personal message for your contacts to see (you can even set it to show what you're listening to). They also display your location and time zone (useful if you have international contacts)

            I find that BBM isn't the most reliable of messaging services unless both parties are connected to a solid WIFI or 3G connection, there can be delays in the messages sending for your phone to theirs, but I use BBM primarily when I need a quick response, or to know if the other party is at their phone. I've been using BBM more since my boyfriend moved off to Uni, only half the campus gets a network signal - with the other half on SOS. Since the campus has an open wifi network my boyfriend's Blackberry is connected to this and allows his friends and family to be able to catch him on his phone - even when he's out of mobile network range.

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            27.07.2011 02:47

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            I hate my blackberry, but I love my BBM.

            I absolutely love the Blackberry Messenger. It is one of the best apps on my phone. The downfall is that your contacts must also own blackberrys, this limits your contact list therefore msn is still at a better advantage in comparison to this app. But, those with BBMs - it is free to contact them rather than texting. It is quick, and you are signalled to when the recipient reads your message as well (which is great because you'll know if someone is ignoring you or not). In my opinion, the emoticons are much better than the ones on msn. There is a larger variety of choice, so you can express your feelings properly to the person on the other line. But, what I hate is that when your blackberry breaks - you completely lose all your contacts and BBM number so you'll have to find out all their BB pins again which takes a lot of effort and time. Very annoying. I hate my blackberry, but I love my BBM.

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            05.07.2011 02:14
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            A brilliant messaging application, but it doesn't necessarilly always work.

            If you ask any Blackberry owner as to why they have their mobile, garunteed one of the first things they will mention is the presence of Blackberry Messenger. Unlike SMS, BBM is instant! If your friends change social arrangements then at least you'll know about them quickly rather than when it's too late. Nonetheless it is also nice to know that BBM is part of your service plan and you pay no more for the messages you make. The design of the application is intuitive and easy to use, I haven't come across any issues with it other than having to add people. Most of the time people will be able to add you through scanning a barcode on your profile, at first this seems easier but ocassionally it can take longer than what you first anticipated. I do maintain however, that it still make things easier on nights. I can tell you I've used this feature a countless number of times under the influence and with no troubles, as opposed to making an inevitable mistake in typing out someone's PIN! My only argument other against it is that ever since I updated my blackberry, I can no longer access an of my apps-including Blackberry messenger. Nonetheless, this is a problem with the phone more so than the application itself, or maybe it's just me.. If you have a Blackberry and you don't have it (by crimney), download it and flourish the benefits, otherwise if you don't have one, keep this app in mind if you're thinking of getting one.

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              30.06.2011 20:43

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              excellent messenger app only on blackberry, enjoy

              I was very pleased when i purchased my blackberry curve to learn it had its own instant messenger built it. It was easy to set up and easy to add new contacts (other blackberry users). It alerts you when you get a new IM and you can assign different tones, so it is a seperate tone to your MMS and SMS, facebook etc. It aslso allows you to send image files from your phone at no cost unlike MMS which can get rather expensive when image sharing. The smiley faces make it a fun messaging system like MSN you get on your PC yet you can use this where ever you are, making you totally mobile and its FREE. Me and my friends use blackberry messenger as a means of texting as its FREE, it calaborates the messages like a list so you can keep track of the conversation. You can also add more than one person into the conversation allowing multi memebers to chat at the same time, great for arranging group meetings or events with friends. Great instant messenger app available on all blackberry phones making this a unique and highly rated app only on blackberry. I love my blackberry, buy with confidence a reliable messaging service, and its FREE, have fun :)

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              20.06.2011 21:27

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              The ONLY way to keep in touch with your Blackberry

              I adore BlackBerry Messenger. Simple as that. I use it on my Bold, and my mum uses it on her Curve. We both love it because it's a more efficient version of text; something everyone already loves. It's free, and better still you not only get delivery reports, you get read reports too which is so helpful if you're wondering why someone hasn't replied.
              I also love that it incorporates Instant Messaging, for example sending files and 'emoticons' like smiley faces, hearts and angry faces.
              I was thrilled to find that you can send picture files too; better than MMS which can put you back 30p a time, if you're lucky.
              I find it has a good interface too, nothing too complex or too much happening on the screen. My only objection is that the Curve seems to get lots of updates whereas the Bold gets none - but of course this could just be because there are no problems with the Bold version.

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              05.06.2011 02:04
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              Great if you have lots of Blackberry friends

              Introduction
              As you may have seen from my other reviews I have owned 2 Blackberry phones over the last 2 to 3 years. One of the many good features about Blackberry's is the Blackberry Messenger. This software is by default installed on all Blackberry phones, however you will often need to update it to the latest version.

              Blackberry Messenger works in the same way as MSN Messenger (Windows Live Messenger). You have contacts that you add to your Messenger list. This can integrate into your phone contact list too. Everybody with a Blackberry will have a BB PIN, which is used to identify each phone. With BB Messenger you can send messages free of charge to any other BB user as long as you have them on your contact list. The messages are also unrestricted on size. This means if there is a group of you with Blackberry's you can save a fortune as you will not need to txt, and long messages will not cost multiple txts. BB Messenger can also send multimedia files, like pictures and sound files to other users again with no charge.

              The only downside with this, is you cannot contact other people without BB Phones, using this tool, whereas if you do install MSN on your phone and they have MSN on their phone (Android, Symbian or IOS) or they are on their PC you can communicate with them. However with MSN you have to sign in, and if you become disconnected through a bad signal zone you have to sign in again. However with BB Messenger your phone is always signed in as long as you have signal, so you will always get your message just like a txt.


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              Contact your Blackberry friends just like a text message but completely free
              Send multimedia files to your Blackberry friends for free
              Integrates with your Phones Contact List

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              Quick, easy and free messages between Blackberry users

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              Can only communicate with Blackberry phone people

              Summary
              If all of your friends (or the vast majority) have Blackberry phones then it is a great app for keeping in touch and making sure you don't use your txt's up or get charged for txts

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              02.06.2011 22:47
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              A great instant messenger for blackberry users!

              I first discovered Blackberry messenger when I first got my Curve phone in September. My contract incorporated the Blackberry services which entitles me to use Blackberry messenger. It works the same as the MSN messenger that you see on most Windows computers, it is an instant messaging service which allows blackberrys to instant message one another which is quicker and easier than the standard texting.

              The Blackberry messenger comes as part of the phone so there is no need to download it however you may have to download the latest versions through blackberry world which will be a free, fast download and your blackberry handset will inform you if new updates are required.

              Unlike the normal text the length of the messages you can send and receive are unlimited so you can chat as much or as little as you want! I find this is where the messenger service has a huge advantage over texting as it allows for instant replies so clarification of certain points can be instantly communicated or a simple 'ok' etc.

              It is also possible to customise your own blackberry messenger in two ways, you can have a short status for example, how you're feeling, where you are or even song lyrics! The other way to customise is by uploading a picture to use as your display picture so it is very much like MSN messenger.

              What I find particularly great about the blackberry messenger application is that you can share multimedia to your blackberry messenger contacts, there's nothing better than sending a drunken, night before picture the morning after to your best friend! Oh, the embarrassment! You can also send voice recordings- but perhaps save that until when your friends are out of an important interview or meeting (speaking from experience!).

              When messages are delivered and read there is a small 'd' for delivered and 'r' for read that appear besides your messages so you know if your friend is avoiding you or just hasn't read your message! If you are playing music via your blackberry you can also share this information with your contacts by ticking the relevant application button on your device.

              Adding a blackberry messenger contact is easy all you need is your friends BB Pin, you can find this on the inside of the battery and it really is as simple as typing in their pin and once they've accepted your request.

              Overall, the Blackberry messenger is really innovative and other similar applications have sprung up all over smart phones. It saves me a lot of money in texts and is a great way to keep in contact with friends and family.

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              02.06.2011 21:16
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              A very helpful app for the Blackberry device

              BBM is a great app for the Blackberry device. I have to admit, it probably is one of the best things about a Blackberry!!

              I'm forever having problems with my Blackberry but I only like it because of Blackberry Messenger (BBM). Most of my friends and family have BBM - so this is another great way of communicating with people quickly and cheaply!
              BBM allows you to have an avatar, a personalised status (e.g Busy, Available, In a Meeting...) and a personal message too which you can update as you wish. Each Blackberry is assigned a pin number - which you use to add new contacts, and for people to add you. Most phone networks offer bundles to have BBM and internet on your phone whether you are on contract or pay as you go - so be sure to research the best Blackberry phone deal for you. Depending on your network and reception - sometimes 'pings' (the name for BBM messages) may be delayed going through. However, you can see when pings have been delivered with a little 'D' sign, and read by the receiver with an 'R' sign - which is a helpful indicator to let you know that person got your message.

              You can sort your contacts into groups and also send them broadcast messages (a message that goes to ALL your contacts e.g if you have a birthday event you want to tell everyone instead of sending individually). Another cool thing about BBM is being able to send voice notes, pictures and videos. Me and my friends are always exchanging pictures and short voice notes on BBM. I have to admit though at times BBM can get annoying. Especially as there is no 'offline' feature, which normally most messenger systems do have. But you can always let your contacts know via a Status or Personal message that you are unavailable.

              BBM is a great way to talk to friends/family abroad as well, and doesn't cost more! You can have contacts from all over the world. Although, when on holiday unless you're constantly connected to WiFi, be sure to purchase a BBM/internet bundle beforehand as BBM use can be pricey abroad.

              I would strongly recommend those with Blackberry smartphones to download the BBM app, especially if you know many others with BBM.

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              22.05.2011 15:12
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              Brilliant and Useful

              I first got the BBM around four and a half years ago with my first bbm however as i was one of the first amongst my friends to get a bb it was not the most useful of communication tools. As the bb became more popular i seemed to find that i used it a lot more. It's very useful for those who do not get unlimited texts as it is free however the obvious limitation is that it is only available to use with other blackberry's. The ease of use varies between bbs however the use of the smiles and also ease of adding pictures videos and music into the conversation makes for a very useful application with the added bonus of telling you when the message has been delivered and also read. (Helps in deciding if people are avoiding you) On top of all this there is the obvious advantage that there is no initial cost in buying bbm as it is completely free from the app world.

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              16.05.2011 20:11

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              BBM is amazing and makes phone communications more enjoyable

              BBM or BlackBerry Messenger is probably one of the best factors that sells a blackberry to the consumer. The blackberry used to be for businessmen who needed to check their emails, but now due to Blackberry Messenger the blackberry has been sold to many teenagers for the ease of use. BBM is very similar to MSN messenger which could be downloaded for computers and laptops, but BBM is on a phone so can be used anywhere. It has made it so easy to get in contact with your mates and means you wont have to send texts to so many people when you could just 'BBM' one of them.
              there are a few drawbacks to BBM, the more you use it, the more memory it takes up which leads to your phone slowing down, but this can be resolved by deleting contacts that you no longer need on your contact list.

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              11.05.2011 22:04

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              Great!

              BBM is possibly one of the greatest inventions ever made.

              90% of my friends have a blackberry and BBM makes it a whole lot easier and cheaper to communicate with them.

              On BBM you can have as many contacts as you want and can chat to them for free in a chat style. BBM also tells you when your message has been delivered and also when it has been read by the other person.

              I no longer have to worry about going over my phone bill as I now bbm my friends instead of texting or phoning them.

              With BBM you can also have group chats, maybe if you and all of your friends wanted to discuss a night out or a holiday, you can all chat in one group reading each others comments.

              I love BBM and would never purchase a phone other than a blackberry. I have the Blackberry Bold in white.

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