BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) – Officially No More

Rest In Peace, BBM.

On the 18th of April, 2019, BlackBerry Messenger (commonly known as BBM) had announced that they would be closing down their service on the 31st of May, 2019.
Well, I guess it’s finally time to say goodbye to the might messaging service of the 21st century.

that they would be closing down their service on the 31st of May, 2019.
Well, I guess it’s finally time to say goodbye to the might messaging service of the 21st century.

What does the announcement say about BBM?

A month back, Emtek had written on a blog, the following about BBM’s farewell –


“Today we’re announcing that we will be closing BBM consumer service on 31 May 2019.

Three years ago, we set out to reinvigorate BBM consumer service, one of the most loved instant messaging applications, as a cross-platform service where users can not only chat and share life experiences, but also consume content and use payment services.

We poured our hearts into making this a reality, and 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.
Though we are sad to say goodbye, the time has come to sunset the BBM consumer service, and for us to move on.

We are grateful for your support and wish to thank everyone, especially our users, partners, and employees, for being part of the BBM consumer service journey.

We hope you will cherish many fond memories of BBM consumer service that helped shape messenger platforms to become what they are today.”

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BBM’s History –

Launched in 2005, BlackBerry Messenger was one of the first instant messaging (IM) platforms. People could choose to use a BBM account tied to their unique BlackBerry Pin rather than send a standard text message.

BBM managed to take traditional desktop messaging and translate it to the tiny computers in our pockets. It was astounding. It became a defining characteristic on BlackBerry devices; and forever changed how business and casual conversations were held by phone users.
The licensing rights for the service were acquired by Indonesia-based tech conglomerate Emtek 11 years later.

For many years, BBM was considered BlackBerry’s (nee Research in Motion) strongest product; with some loyalists eschewing Android and iOS devices before it was finally ported over to those operating systems in 2013.
But competition ultimately proved too much. Technology and the world moved away from BBM and BlackBerry at large. The rewards, it seems, weren’t worth the resources.

What now?

Well, the loyal BBMers can still download files, photos and videos from the service today; before they vanish forever.

Notably, BBM Enterprise will live on for business users; but the death of the consumer version should be regarded as the end of an important era for smartphones nonetheless.

Hence, all we could say to BlackBerry Messenger –
“We thank you for sharing a great path with us. Together, we had a great run. But now, Goodbye BBM! May you RIP.”

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Navaneetha Suresh

Navaneetha Suresh

Navaneetha, commonly known as "nav", loves to read, play badminton, play the keyboard and sing but when she's not doing any of those, she loves to write. What started as a high school hobby to write is now her ongoing passion.

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