10-22-2013 04:31 AM
I have been a blackberry user for the past 3 years. I have always paid for bbm service by subscribing to a blackberry data plan. Now bbm has been launched for iOS and android and they can use it for free on wifi or with a normal 2g/3g data plan.
I would like to know how I can use bbm on my blackberry 9300 on a normal data plan instead of paying extra money which the iOS and android users don't have to pay. Will bbm ever be free for blackberry users or do I have to change my phone for that?
10-22-2013 04:39 AM
BBM for Android and iOS works on a normal DATA plan which only requires an active internet enabled APN to pass through. But a Blackberry device has its own set of service where it requires service books which can only be pushed if there's an active blackberry BIS / BES service (blackberry.net / bb.net or whatever) to comminucated with other blackberry devices.
This is just the basic to give you an idea on how blackberry works. different service providers provide different DATA plans, but at the backend its the same connectivity between the provider and RIM.
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10-26-2013 08:18 AM
lol, BBM is free, always has been and always will be.
All user pay a data plan fee for ALL their data, regardless of BlackBerry or other platform.
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10-26-2013 11:06 AM
The app is free for all, but other users need to have a normal data plan, which everyone does have nowadays.
Blackberry users need to subscribe to a special bis/bes plan which is too expensive and gives the same services..earlier bbm and push mail were the best benefits of subscribing to such a plan, but now all these services are available on other platforms at much normal rates.
10-27-2013 08:58 PM
Samird, you are confused, your older blackberry phone requires a bis/bes data plan to function. You're not paying extra just for the BBM app. If you were to upgrade to a BB10 phone you will not pay extra for the bis/bes plan as the newer OS doesn't require it.
10-29-2013 04:12 PM
10-29-2013 05:26 PM
What's absurd is everyone suddenly saying that they should get BlackBerry service for free, now that a (very buggy) BBM version is being given for free to iOS and Android users.
The nature of BlackBerry's business is changing. Every indication is that they're going to get out of the handset business and eventually become a service organization. This would ultimately mean the end of a native blackberry service (eventually...they'll certainly never force anyone off of it). Most plans in NA are the same price for BB vs regular data plans.
There's little point in complaining. Things are going to change. Things will be better for some, less so for others as time goes on. Life is all about change.