BlackBerry says its BBM app is ready for iPhone, Android devices

WATERLOO, Ont. – BlackBerry says its popular instant messaging service is now ready for Apple’s iPhone and devices using the Android operating system, following a technical glitch that delayed the launch by about a month.

Andrew Bocking, head of BBM operations, said in a BlackBerry blog post on Monday that BlackBerry Messenger would be available for free within hours on Apple, Google and select Samsung app stores.

In September, an unreleased version of the BBM software for Android was posted online, causing technical conflicts with the latest version prepared for release, the company said at that time.

BlackBerry decided to yank the BBM app while its programmers worked to solve the problem.

The BBM instant messaging service has been a popular feature for Blackberry users because it allows real-time text messages on a secure server, but doesn’t require a customer to purchase an SMS text package from their wireless carrier.

BlackBerry has said it wants to turn BBM into a revenue generator for the company through advertising partnerships.

Shares of the company were down 15 cents to $8.49 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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