1- Do I Need To Subscribe to the Blackberry Service?
No, you don’t. BBM used to be a service provided by RIM (the Blackberry company) and you used to get an email too back in the day. Today, it’s a cross-platform application which only needs Internet connection (WiFi or a mobile data connection)
2- Where Do I Download it From?
Last month, it was a “leaked” version, that’s why we had to supply you with links to file sharing websites like 4shared, Zippyshare and Dropbox. Now, it’s finally been officially released on Android and iOS, and here are the download links:
3- Why Do I Have to Wait if I Downloaded the App?
If you already had a BBM account (like I did), you just need to sign in. If not, you have to wait for RIM to send you an email since they wanna roll the app out gradually to make sure the servers don’t overload like it did with the leaked version. So, have patience, or try to remember the account you had if you ever carried a BlackBerry before.
4- What’s a BBpin?
The BBpin is sorta like your username, it’s one way others can add you on their BlackBerry Messenger. To access your pin immediately, all you need to do is type: “mypin” and hit space in the app, and it’ll automatically turn into your pin (which is an alphanumeric code that’s a bit hard to remember). Of course, you can also text it to someone, scan their barcode or just search for their email.
5- I Added Someone, But Can’t Talk to Them
Make sure they accepted your request. Unlike Whatsapp, people need to confirm you before you can chat with them. Also, having their number in your contact list doesn’t mean they’ll automatically appear like with Whatsapp. Think of BBM as more private, user-controlled chat platform.
6- What’s S, D and R?
S meant sent, which mean the message was sent from your device to your contact’s
D means the message arrived to your contact, but they haven’t read it/opened the chat
R means that they read your message/opened the chat
This is awesome because you can ignore someones’ message without worrying they’ll see your “last seen”. I’m sure this will make a lot of relationships less stormy =P
7- How Can I Remove the BBM Icon from my Status Bar?
On Android, all you have to do is go to the BBM app, hit settings, and turn off “BBM Connected Icon” (that’s one new thing in the official version)
8- If You’re Cool, Add Me
Special Thanks to Georges Asmar for his help gathering these FAQs