Product Type: Blue Tree Services software for handheld and PDAs
Newest Review: ... 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... more
Blackberry's Exclusive Gem!
BlackBerry Messenger BBM
Member Name: ridgeway27
BlackBerry Messenger BBM
Advantages: reliable, personal, innovative and FREE!!! - i love it!
BBM is an app which is exclusively available to Blackberry users only. It can be downloaded for free from Blackberry App World, and there are regular updates available too (all of which have been free to date). This then allows the Blackberry user to use their individual PIN (similar to an IMEI, this is also unique to the handset) to message other blackberry users worldwide.
People can be added either using a pin (this can be found either through the options tabs on the handset, the box, or more easily by typing 'mypin' on the handset in either the text, bbm or email screens and the pin for that handset will automatically appear), or an image which is also unique to the handset.
A person can be added, and acceptance is required from the other person before the connection is properly made. A security question can also be asked if needed, but I have never used this feature because a pin in my opinion is secure enough - the security question just annoys me and elongates the process unnecessarily!
The whole point of BBM is to network - and it is a messenger service, but in my opinion, far better than MSN Messenger or any other type I have heard of because being on your phone it is always there/available, although you do not necessarily need to sign into it for it to work. It means that 'messenger conversations' do not expire and you can pick up where you were, as and when. It is completely free!! And allows the user to send messages, texts, files, pictures, voice clips, your actual location (as a map) amongst many other things. It is totally amazing just because it is always conveniently there! Status's are changeable as are pictures, allowing this to be personalised and then an update can appear. Also, a 'broadcast message' can be sent to all contacts - something which cannot be done using MSN from what I know, which means that all contacts get the same message - if I would want to exclude some, then this is easily done because a checkbox appears next to each persons name, and they can be unchecked - and therefore will not receive the message.
I personally do not like sending out such messages unless they are very important because I feel they are not as personal, and do not like receiving them too often. You can tell when someone has sent you the message individually, or as a broadcast message because it will be in a different colour.
It is also possible to see when a message sent has been delivered to the BBM screen (because a little D will appear next to that message on your own screen - and this will be without having to go into the screen too, it can be seen as an overview) and received - because in a similar manner a little R can be seen. Times of messages sent and received can be seen so it truly is amazing! What makes it even better is that it can be used to message abroad incredibly easily, and also whilst abroad too - if you have the net access then it works out to be much cheaper and better overall.
In short - it is a fantastic feature of Blackberry handsets - and I know many people who have bee loyal to Blackberry because of it - this may sound excessive!! But it really is great!!!
Summary: a means of keeping in touch which wont cost a great deal!!
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