BlackBerry Messenger to shut down on May 31

Sheri Evans
April 20, 2019

Emtek, which acquired the rights to the messaging service from BlackBerry in 2016, said that despite investing in new features, it wasn't able to attract new users to the service and to regain its past glory days.

"We poured our hearts into making this a reality, and we are proud of what we have built to date", Emtek said on Thursday in a blog post.

BBM announced that it will be shutting down one of the most loved instant messaging applications on May 31, 2019.

"In spite of our substantial efforts, users have moved on to other platforms". Sadly, today the company announced it is discontinuing the consumer version on May 31, citing “very fluid industry”. As a result, it's time to move on and sunset the consumer BBM service.

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In 2013, BlackBerry rolled out BBM to iOS and Android platforms.

Blackberry has announced that its messaging platform will be shut down on May 31, because "users have moved on to other platforms, while new users proved hard to sign on". Given that BBMe includes built-in enterprise-grade end-to-end encryption, which is not available in BBM consumer version, the subscription may be worth price for avid BBM users. Users flocked to other cross-platform and smarter apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. While BBM - née BlackBerry Messenger - may have once been the glue that kept BlackBerry users addicted to their phones, in recent years more capable rivals have stolen market share. Arguably, that "so much more" was a bit too much and BBM became a bit bloated for some with all the games, channels, features and ads. Additionally, TLS encryption between the device and BlackBerry's infrastructure protects BBMe messages from eavesdropping or manipulation.

The Verge reported that the enterprise version of the app, called BBMe, would continue operations.

BlackBerry says it has a lifeline for BBM fans upset about the impending shutdown of the once-popular messaging service. Interested users would have to pay $2.50 in every six months to keep using the service. You can check out more frequently asked questions, as well as the answers, at this page.

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