BlackBerry Messenger 5 is here

by Volker Weber

With BlackBerry® Messenger on your BlackBerry smartphone, your friends are only a message away. Ask a quick question, make plans with your group of friends, even share stories and pictures—all in real-time. Express yourself and stay in touch your way with BlackBerry Messenger.

This is the one piece of BlackBerry software I don't get. This is device to device IM, not person to person, the way it is meant to be.

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Hi Volker,

Each IM technology is system to system not person to person in a technical way. Yes, its bound to the BB device - but how many people have a multi-user handheld device ? Do you share your iPhone or your pre ? My company and a lot of my friends are on blackberries so it's simply convenient to send text messages, audio and pics from the device. So, Messenger for me is a very important part in our bb infrastructure. Works like a charm and is nicely integrated in all the functions the specific device offers. Its bound to the bb platform - but other systems are bound to theirs as well. For me, it's a very usefull add-on.

In short - I get it. ;-).

Heiko Voigt, 2009-10-09

Good for you. I would have to notify my contacts a couple of times a day that I just switched from this device to that device. No problem with Google Talk. It's always the same account, no matter which device.

Volker Weber, 2009-10-09

It should also work whether you are mobile or whether you have sat down at a desk and your mobile is wedged in your pocket, and want to do all your communicating on a larger interface. Something jabber based that lets you be logged in at multiple locations/devices is more what I need. That or for meebo to come out with their app for the iPhone like they demoed at the iPhone OS 3.0 announcement.

Kevan Emmott, 2009-10-09

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