Blackberry Says Goodbye To Its Classic Messenger 14 years After Launch

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The BBM messaging service is closing down on Friday, marking the end for the once crown jewel of BlackBerry’s phone business.

Initially, BBM owner Emtek announced plan to pull service in April due to dwindling users.

The app – also known as BlackBerry Messenger – was one of the early mobile messaging platforms used by many during BlackBerry’s heyday.

It launched exclusively on the company’s own devices in 2005 before broadening to Android and iOS in 2013 as their popularity waned.

BBM owner Emtek, which took over the app from BlackBerry in 2016, announced plans to pull the service in April due to dwindling user numbers.

‘We poured our hearts into making this a reality, and we are proud of what we have built to date,’ the company said.

‘The 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.’

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