|I'd definitely use BBM on my Samsung Galaxy|
The head dude at Blackberry, a Mr Chris Green (who is even more epic for sharing his name with my step-dad) has announced the Blackberry Messaging Service will be going cross platform. Users of Android and iPhone devices will soon be able to use the service too. I'm totally excited by this!
A few years ago I worked in a Call Centre for a mobile phone network. One day a group of us where invited to a new training session to play with the new Blackberry phones (can’t remember which one’s they where), and a couple of corporate folks where doing their best to sell us these phones too. I was never a big fan of Blackberry’s. The keypad is too small for people like me with huge hands, hence why I have my Samsung Galaxy S3…it’s the perfect size for me.
While I was never interested in Blackberry’s, myself and a couple of friends in the same training class where loving the BBM system. Pinging away, sending messages to each other, completely ignoring the important training we were all receiving. For a whole 10 seconds we seriously considered buying a Blackberry. Then we came to our senses and realised 90% of the messages we sent had some type of misspelling in them. Not one of us could use the keypad properly.
But now, as I'm staring at my S3, I can see it working. By opening up the system to other devices Blackberry could be onto a winner. The 60 million monthly users could treble in the space of months, and then keep increasing as the months turn to years.
Only down side I can see is the lack of information about Windows Phone’s. To me personally it’s not really a big issue because I hardly know anyone with a Windows Phone (Google and Apple seem to have a 50% - 40% share within my close friends and family, with Blackberry having the over 10%), but that’s probably why Blackberry didn't mention them. If this ratio is continued everywhere then what’s the point in supporting them? At least they still have Skype.
The sooner BBM goes cross platform the better. I'm excited by it, and I can finally get around using the pesky Keypad’s. I love my Galaxy!