BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is shutting down on May 31st

Emtek (the company that has taken over running the BBM app since 2016) has announced that it will end support for the messaging app on May 31st, citing fleeting users over the past years despite efforts to revitalize the app with features like Uber hailing and video calling.

“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,” the company wrote in a blog. “Though we are sad to say goodbye, the time has come to sunset the BBM consumer service, and for us to move on.”

“THE TIME HAS COME … FOR US TO MOVE ON.”

Those using the enterprise version of the app, called BBMe, will continue operations as normal. If you really miss BBM and want to keep using it, you can also download the enterprise version on Android and iOS for free, but there is a $2.50 subscription fee for every six months. BBMe does offer end-to-end encryption and message editing / unsending where the consumer version didn’t, so it may be worth the dollars if you’re still an avid BBM believer.

See full article below from TheVerge and Blackberry

https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/18/18485582/blackberry-messenger-shutting-down-date

https://blog.bbm.com/2019/04/18/time-to-say-goodbye-english-version/

BBMe (Enterprise version) video below