BlackBerry BBM messaging available for Apple iPhone and Android devices

Smartphone vendor BlackBerry on Monday said its instant messaging service is now ready for Apple’s iPhone and devices using the Android operating system.

Earlier, the Ontario-based devices company faced a technical glitch that delayed the launch by about a month.

India-based Micromax will use BlackBerry BBM messaging services on its Android phones.

Andrew Bocking, head of BBM operations, said in a BlackBerry blog post on Monday that BlackBerry Messenger would be available for free within hours on Apple, Google and select Samsung app stores.

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In September, an unreleased version of the BBM software for Android was posted online, causing technical conflicts with the latest version prepared for release, the company said at that time.

BlackBerry BBM instant messaging service has been a popular feature for Blackberry users because it allows real-time text messages on a secure server, but doesn’t require a customer to purchase an SMS text package from their wireless carrier.

BlackBerry wants to turn BBM into a revenue generator for the company through advertising partnerships.

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