Love a bit of BBM? Get an iPhone... yeah, right

Love a bit of BBM? Get an iPhone... yeah, rightEvery now and again, a story comes along that can instantly be identified as smelling like male cow poo but is so far out, we have to mention it just in case.

And here's one of those now: the idea that the soon-to-be-announced-though-not-officially-in-existence-yet iPhone 5 will come with BlackBerry Messenger built in.

Now, this is based on a post over at GSM Arena and is not backed up by any fact so could be a load of old baloney. But we thought we'd mention it anyway as the concept is quite interesting.

BBM is one of BlackBerry's success stories. It's gone from being a part of the handset infrastructure that nobody really used to being one of the main selling points.

The idea that users can send messages to each other for free is particularly attractive to those on pay-as-you-go plans. Not just that, but the messages being so tightly encrypted by RIM is also a big plus for users as police dealing with the recent London riots will reluctantly attest.

But the idea that RIM would happily farm this out to one of the companies it is doing its best to take on seems pretty far fetched. Even if they are set to get a ton of money out of it as the article suggests.

Let's not forget that RIM has licensed its technology out before. Cast your minds back to the days when Siemens made mobiles and the niche SK65.

Here BlackBerry happily allowed another manufacturer to use its technology (though this was in the days that nobody else did push email). Incidentally, the handset didn't last long with most power users sticking to RIM's own brand.

Move onto 2011 and there are a multitude of IM clients available. Everything from MSN to ICQ to Skype, PingChat and our personal favourite, WhatsApp.

The majority of these are multi-platform meaning you can use them across iOS, Android and BB handsets. Why would Apple bother paying to use BBM when it could quite easily push one of these as the latest technology and lead the majority of users into thinking it is much better (they're managing it in the whole Flash vs HTML5 argument to a certain extent, some would say.)

Or, invent their own type of messaging platform. Which is actually what Cupertino has done. iMessage is a feature of iOS5 (currently in BETA) that will allow users on the Apple platform to message each other free of charge in the same way that BBM works. Surely it's madness to launch your own product at the same time you buy another solution?

If BBM were to appear on any other handset (and this is a massive, humungous "IF"), we'd put our money on Android for the simple reason that BlackBerry is sort of opening up to this competitor by allowing Market apps to work on its PlayBook device. It makes sense to consolidate a messaging solution here more than with Apple.

Finally, any implementation of BBM on iOS is a software issue not hardware. So any announcement of BBM tie in would surely have been made back when Apple launched iOS5 earlier this year (the same time it launched iMessage) not when the actual hardware is unveiled.

If it were true, it would also have encouraged people torn between an iPhone or a BlackBerry to hold off for iPhone 5 so they got the best of both worlds.

Anyway, there isn't long to go 'til we find out now with the rumours firmly pointing to an announcement on October 4th.

Although another source in the GSM Arena article suggests October 21st for a major-markets release date, we're also putting some money on the 15th as that seems to be the one mentioned most consistently.

Luckily for you, we've rounded up the iPhone 5 rumours for you in one place.

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Treab  Sep. 23, 2011 at 19:13

i thought we had all agreed the iphone 5 wasnt coming this year but the iphone 4s ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 23, 2011 at 19:35

Seriously, don't start the 4S or 5 thing again haha :D.

Treab  Sep. 23, 2011 at 19:36

you right it should be named the iphone 1.5 ;)

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 24, 2011 at 09:55

Ahem... yes, Apple invest loads into iChat to then take BBM onboard.

And networks would probably scream, too - Facetime, iChat, BBM, microsims, special web tariffs and APNs etc etc...
this is rubbish.

Julias  Sep. 24, 2011 at 16:48

Yeah agreed its a no brainer this is utter rubbish!

Treab  Sep. 24, 2011 at 16:50

what the iphone or the story? ;)

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 24, 2011 at 16:58

The rumour! :{

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 24, 2011 at 17:05

Agreed, this rumor is total B/S, makes little sense from RIM or Apple's point of view.

Treab  Sep. 24, 2011 at 17:13

putting words into her mouth jan ;)

CTPAHHIK  Sep. 26, 2011 at 09:07

RIM licenced their email technology to Good, which works on iPhone and Android. There is a possibility that BBM will follow soon. It's unlikely that it will be integrated into iPhone, but rather a third party app.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 26, 2011 at 12:39

Yes, ctpahhik, but if Apple would agree to such an idea?
And a main selling point of BBM is its privacy. Again, without BIS? Which takes us to the networks etc etc...

But then again, RIM - in absence of 'cool' hardware - may have to rely on flogging services instead. (I find the 9900 quite cool, but that is me)

Treab  Sep. 26, 2011 at 12:43

problem is the blackberry range is a little 'classical' the shape has been around for a long time... and the only real shift has been to the torch which wasnt a huge success... what they need is a blackberry without a qwerty (which i dont think they have done as yet) to encourage a new crowd....

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 26, 2011 at 13:54

Treab, you mean a non-qwerty keypad? What about the Pearls?
No keyboard at all? The new Torch 9860? The Storms?

Julias  Sep. 26, 2011 at 14:01

BB right now needs like a transparent phone with no keyboards or touchscreen...this miracle device might save them from the Cupertino onslaught!! :p:

Treab  Sep. 26, 2011 at 14:05

no keyboard at all. the torch 9860? the just released model (i.e. today lol) ;)

and lets be fair the bb storm is hardly a fair comparison... it was buggy as hell compared to say the iphone htc's etc

it will be interesting to see how the 9860 does though but if vodafone is anything to go by i doubt it will be that successful as its free on a pay monthly contract from £36 a month... which makes it pretty pricey which tbh blackberry doesnt need right now... they should lower prices to encourage an uptake especially due to their recent loss of market share and reduced sales...

Treab  Sep. 26, 2011 at 14:05

tbh julias i wouldnt put that past blackberry ;)


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