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Blackberry Shutting Down BBM On May 31st 2019

 

Just when Google shuts down Google Plus consumer service, Blackberry announced in a blog post that they are officially shutting down its BBM consumer service come 31st May 2019

Blackberry Messenger was once the best messengjng app out there. The instant messaging app was officially released late in 2013. The app recorded over 5 Million downloads in the first 8hours of its release.

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After 6years, we just have to say goodbye to the famous Blackberry Messenger. Most users of the app has already moved to other social platforms like Whatsapp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, Instagram etc.

According to the company, this is what they have to say;

“We are proud of what we have built to date … The technology industry however, is very fluid, and in spite of our substantial efforts, users have moved on to other platforms, while new users proved difficult to sign on,”

They went further to add;

“Though we are sad to say goodbye, the time has come to sunset the BBM consumer service, and for us to move on.”

Those using the enterprise version of the app, called BBMe, will continue operations as normal. If you really miss BBM and want to keep using it, you can also download the enterprise version

on Android and iOS for free, but there is a $2.50 subscription fee for every six months.

BBMe does offer what other instant messenging app offers. Your messages are secured via end-to-end encryption, you can edit message, unsend message etc. These features are being offered for free on other social apps. But if you are an avid user of BBM, then it’s worth the few bucks.

What About My Data?

Blackberry said users’ data such as photos, videos and files will be available for download before the app is shut down at the end of May, 2019.

Once the BBM service is shut down, you will not be able to open BBM on your device to see any old or new messages, or retrieve asset files.


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