BlackBerry Messenger Is Shutting Down On May 31st

BBM for consumers is shutting down on MAy 31

BBM for consumers is shutting down on MAy 31

Emtek warned that BBM users will lose access to their conversations, photos, and other data after it shuts down BBM. The consumer version of BBM will stop working from May 31.

Particularly, BBM was the premier, always-available, IM service and it helped user in the revolution that devastated SMS revenues for telecom companies globally.

BlackBerry is finally shutting down its Messenger BBM, a key communication method on BlackBerry phones. As indicated, the enterprise edition of the messenger, the BBMe has now been made available for personal use too.

The company has mentioned the reason for the shutdown is because they were not only losing users to other messaging apps, new users also rarely signed onto the app as well.

"While we respect Emtek's decision, we're disappointed the platform did not thrive and grow as expected", Mark Wilson, BlackBerry's chief marketing officer, said in a statement. "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", the blogpost states.

While BBM for consumers will soon be going the way of the dodo, BBM Enterprise (BBMe) will continue to exist and is already available for consumers on Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac.

Three years ago BlackBerry wants to overhaul BBM as a cross-platform messaging service for watching content, chatting, as well as using for payment services, but the company fails to do so.

In the end though, saving the BBM service was always an impossible task. "Though we are sad to say goodbye, the time has come to sunset the BBM consumer service, and for us to move on". Emtek representatives did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Blackberry messenger was first introduced in 2005.

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