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BlackBerry Messenger is shutting down on 31 May

By Cookie Monster - on 20 Apr 2019, 12:00am

BlackBerry Messenger is shutting down on 31 May

Image source: BBM Blog

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) will be shutting down at the end of May. 

Emtek, the company which took over the running of BBM since 2016, announced via a blog post that the consumer version of the app will be closed on 31 May. Below is Emtek's reason for shutting down the service: 

Instant messaging is a very fluid and competitive market. Since 2016 we have tried our best to compete in this market and launch many new features and content that we had hoped would grow the BBM user base. Despite all of our efforts, we found that the network effect of the market leaders is getting stronger and we have been squeezed out of user preferences.

BBM users who have photos, videos and files within the instant messaging app can download them directly prior to its closure. BBM stickers, contacts and feeds cannot be exported from BBM, but the company is offering users refunds for their in-app purchases as per Apple App Store or Google Play Store documentation.

The enterprise version of the app, BBMe will continue to operate with a subscription fee of US$2.50 for every six months. 

Source: Emtek via The Verge

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