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BlackBerry Messenger has long been heralded as one of the best reasons to own one of RIM's smartphones, which offers a seamless messaging experience and has spawned quite a few imitators on other platforms. We've seen RIM go after one of these competitors in the past, but a new report claims that they'll soon be taking a different approach to knocking out the other cross-platform messaging services. The folks at BGR have heard from "multiple trusted sources" that RIM is planning to bring its BBM service to both Android and iOS. All of the details are still be hammered out, but the tipsters say that Android will come first with a launch likely coming some time this year, with iOS to follow some time later on. Pricing is still up in the air, as well, but users could either get access to BBM completely free or see either a one-time fee assessed or perhaps even recurring charges.

So what kind of experience can you expect with BBM on Android and iOS? According to BGR's sources, non-BlackBerry users won't get a totally full-fledged version of BBM, but they can still expect basic messaging capabilities. The ability to share photos, videos, etc. could stay exclusive to BlackBerry, that way users may be enticed to switched to one of RIM's smartphones if they want everything BBM has to offer.

RIM's market share may be falling lately, but BBM remains one of the biggest draws to the BlackBerry platform, and the popularity of other messaging services like Kik and WhatsApp show that there's demand for BBM-like software on other platforms, too. As long as RIM does BBM on Android and iOS right, they could have a huge, huge hit on their hands, even if its not the full BBM experience. What do you all think of this news? Would you pay for the ability to use BBM on your Android or iOS device?


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Iqbal Saiful definitely yes....
James Intoxication Nwosu i would use it only on android
Muhammad Yousuf helllll yes!
Tommy Nguyen No, WhatsApp is good enough
Harry Tess yeah id rock it on iOS
Joe DelBene Nah. It should only be on a blackberry. That's why it's called blackberry messenger. If android had it, it should be called droid messenger
Sean MacNabb eff yes
Akash Malhotra Hell yeah..!!
Rendy Darmawan YEA~!~~~!!! ANDROID!!!!
Christopher Severino Yesssssssssss to android
Marti Ruiz No i use windows live messenger
Stephane Malo I'm sure it's because the Playbook will support Android
Stephane Malo He'll YES. Would even pay to use it.
Peter Kis absolutely - using whatsapp now, but something a tad more reliable would be greatly appreciated
Eric Kroh NO..no logmein support
Ahmed Jamal Ibraihimi Ooh yes if it comes out with support for every model of iPhone and not just for ios 4.0 and above........ :-)
Shakir Hossain yes bb r so overated and shit androids r much better
Robert Weeks Hell yea
Shawn Williams I came from a blackberry about 2 years ago. A BBM style messenger is the one thing Android hasn't mastered. Maybe RIM will port other functions as well to Android.
Jd Singh Oh most definitely...quite a few of my friends r on bbm unless they're willing 2 switch 2 whatsapp
Rex Tippin JR Of course iOS
Hassan Feroze Yes definitely
Diego Galvan I use what's app so that works for me to communicate with blackberry/android devices
Lorinda Dishington Ortiz Yes! That's the best news I've heard all day.
Levi Bethel either would be nice
Brandon Foster Yes, that was my favorite thing with my old blackberry.
Robert Doyle Sure, until all of those Blackberry users come to their senses. :-)
Kevin A Faaborg Maybe or something similar that was just as dependable and not so propriatary
Shelim Choudhury I would love that for my iPhone all my friends have bkackberry they can't afford the iPhone you see. Lol
Steven Bright Does anyone even use blackberries anymore.lol
Joel Diaz Hellllllllll no!!!!!!
Omar Green Hell yes.
Jerry Adney Nope. Unlimited text is included with my plan and Google Talk has always been free. Why would I need yet another instant message program?
Emmanuel Lopez On Android, maybe. On iOS.? Knowing apple... Yeah right
Astrid Martinez Oh yeah I'd use THAT!
Brian Blaauwbroek Absolutely. It's the only thing rim has that the non business client wants!
Douglas Russell I meant kik
Douglas Russell Gchat aim like all do the same no need for bbm
Thomas Tenkely No, I use Google Talk. Works on almost all the smartphones, tabs, and all computers. Why use something limited?
Andres Alarcon No because bbm is the MySpace of IMs
Karen Michelle Amaya yesssssssssssssss
Stephanie Delagarza Yes!!! That's the only reason I use a blackberry but I miss my andriod :(
Daniel C. Gibson Would like the "Delivered" and "Read" notifications that BBM offers on my Android platform.
Alexander Sonny iOS if its possible...
Jatin Sawhney Of course yea.......
Trinity Kolarova Hoodrich yes yes yes now go build it for android before we do!
Jared Louis I would
Dave Uchiha Yeeessss
Alex Simmons Yes...just about everyone i know has a BB
Tim Houp You bet!
Alicia Campbell Yes please
Robert Centennial Yes stop asking dumb question
Carlos Ernesto Vaquerano Yeah definitely
Federico Fernandez Hell yes. My friends have a blackberry because Is cheaper. So it would be great to chat with them from iOS! Can't wait till next year RIM!!!
Raveendra Karanth If I could use the pin from my old BB...why not.
Bill Ready Yes, of course.
Jock Baldwin Yeah I would...
Jakarri Jacobs Yeah I'd use bbm for android, why not
Jerald Nuness Or we could all just use KIK Messenger
Naj Khan Ios then blackkb thenn androad then ur mum
John Cruz Android is the brst
Jasé Phillip y not ...?
Coreo Boywonder I would def get it.. lotta my friends have blackberry so that'd be an awesome addition to my Android phone :)
Toni BatSal YES!!! Coming to Android was an easy transition from Blackberry but I miss my BBM so much! and all my BBM peeps!!!
Craigg Alexander Jones Android. Bbm needs to be universal
Mick Marin I would so I could talk to all my bb friends and ios peeps as well
Baltej Bajwa wy the hell would they do that?????????????
Louis Portis Android does have its own IM and if blackberry will allow bbm to exist on android there gonna sign their death certificate!! Maybe rim should just switch to android.
Don Crispens Mixed on this one but if it were something to come to both OS platforms...why the heck not.

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