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Announcing BlackBerry® Messenger 5.0

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BlackBerry® Messenger 5.0

With BlackBerry® Messenger on your BlackBerry smartphone, your friends are only a message away. Ask a quick question, make plans with your group of friends, even share stories and pictures—all in real-time. Express yourself and stay in touch your way with BlackBerry Messenger.



Product Overview

BlackBerry® Messenger is an instant messaging application that allows BlackBerry smartphone users to send and receive instant messages with other BlackBerry smartphone users.


Enhanced SMS

  • Allows for a conversational chat-like user experience with a single contact list for the most personal mobile-to-mobile communications
  • Note: BlackBerry® Device Software 5.0 and later is required for the SMS functionality.

  • Users can choose a picture from the BlackBerry smartphone gallery and save it as their personal avatar, which will be seen by their contacts. They can also view other avatars in the contact list and zoom in on the avatars of contacts participating in a conversation by selecting “View participants.”

Large Media File Transfer
  • Users can send/receive large file transfers up to 6 megabytes for pictures, files and audio.
  • Note: BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 is required to receive large media files.


Enhanced Group Functionality

  • Allows for the ability to update, share & communicate with a subset community


Bar-code Identity

  • A user can add a contact to the BlackBerry Messenger contact list by displaying a 2-dimensional bar code that invitees can capture with their device cameras.


Reliable Contact Backup and Restore

  • Contacts are backed-up on a server and do not require the need for BlackBerry® Desktop Manager.

System requirements:

  • BlackBerry® Device Software 4.5 and later and a wireless service data plan.


Top Knowledge Base Articles



Note: Knowledge base articles are available in English only.


Additional Support


The BlackBerry Messenger support page provides detailed information about BlackBerry Messenger and includes a support tab with multiple support options. The support page can be found at the following link:


BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 Support

Message Edited by Beholder on 10-08-2009 10:08 AM

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