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My name is Theban and I’m the Product Manager for BlackBerry® Messenger. So it’s not too surprising that I’m a BlackBerry Messenger addict. I share this post with all others that suffer the same fate. To me, BlackBerry Messenger is about staying close to the people that matter most.

Maybe it’s hard to explain, unless you get into it. I’ve slowly started converting my family (immediate and extended) into BlackBerry Messenger users and I’m already noticing pretty major changes – we chat more often, I know what’s going on in their lives and interestingly we seem to meet up more often too. And it’s ever so amusing to see the few naysayers slowly switching over because they feel out of the loop and left out.

With the recently released BlackBerry Messenger v5.0, there are now even more reasons to connect with friends and family (not sure if you have BlackBerry Messenger 5.0? Read this article to identify which version of BlackBerry Messenger you are currently running).

  • Reason #5 File Transfer – Share pictures, videos, voice notes and more with multiple contacts at once. Plus, you can do it quickly!
  • Reason #4 Contact Status Updates – Now you can see what your friends are listening to by viewing their song titles…who knew they were such an ABBA fan??
  • Reason #3 Group Creation – By creating groups of friends, family, or colleagues not only do you stay organized but you can also instantly share calendars, lists, conversations, and updates. …never forget the milk again!
  • Reason #2 SMS Messages – Now, you can send text messages from within BlackBerry Messenger so you don’t have to switch back and forth between applications. Plus, you can keep your text messaging and BBM contacts all together in BlackBerry Messenger.
  • …and now, the #1 reason to upgrade BlackBerry Messenger: Barcode invitations – Surely the next new fad in the Instant Messaging world and of course, my next tattoo! Easily add a contact by simply scanning their BlackBerry Messenger barcode with your BlackBerry smartphone camera (a barcode is a 2 dimensional image that is unique to each BlackBerry Messenger user.). Want to know more about BlackBerry Messenger barcodes? Watch for an article in the next BlackBerry Newsletter.

BlackBerry Messenger is free at BlackBerry App World™ or from your BlackBerry smartphone go to www.blackberry.com/blackberrymessenger and follow the on-screen instructions.

So what’s your favorite BlackBerry Messenger feature? Post a comment and let us know!

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  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    I am so scared to see the responses to this article. Good luck Theban!!

  • Felix

    man, how is the Reasson #2 applied?, I just cannot make it possible!

    (u started the list, now explain it ha ha!!)

    Thanks in advance!

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    What I would love to see is the ability to chat to non BlackBerry Messenger users like GoogleTalk, Windows Live, Yahoo. I agree that BlackBerry Messenger is a great application and I love it but not all of my friends are tech people like me or love BlackBerry's as much as me and run dare I say on here iPhones and other smartphones. It forces me to run other applications just to chat to them. It would be nice to have at least dumbed down features like chat and send receive files with these 3rd party IMs. This way I do not need to run 5 different IMs on the phone. One IM to rule them all 🙂 Since you control most of those IMs from your NOC it would be a lot easier to integrate communications with them into BlackBerry Messenger.

  • http://blogs.blackberry.com Douglas tr0n Soltys

    There are applications out there that integrate SMS clients, but I agree, BBM to gtalk or what have you would be great!

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    I'm telling you I have used a lot of 3rd party IM clients and all of them suck for connectivity, not one is reliable like the OEM IM clients are. I have switched back from IM+ to the OEM Windows Live Messenger because IM+ never stayed connected and personally I do not check enough to see when I have lost connection. Other manufactures are too infant and are far from perfect they want to sell all these extra features. Just do one thing and do it well, chat… I love features like renaming contacts in 3rd part IM clients and those features are lacking in RIMs OEM clients but I would far rather take connectivity over a feature any day. What use is a feature if it is never online to use LOL.

    Like I said one IM client from RIM to rule them all would rock. RIM seems to have inside knowledge to connect to Windows Live Messenger, GoogleTalk, and Yahoo! better then any other 3rd party manufacture. I have not gone down once since using the OEM Windows Live Messenger in the last 2 months that speaks words to me more then any feature can!

    RIM is good for doing simple things right. They take the time to do it right and then when it's perfected they add more features. Look at the OS, the thing has almost a 99.99% uptime, what other OS could say that in a handheld. Sure it might not be “pretty” enough for iPhone lovers but standing in an attack I would be sure glad I was holding a BlackBerry then an iPhone in my hand because RIM took the time to do it right over 10 years. As the analogy goes makeup is good but if you still look good with it off then you have a keeper 🙂

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  • abrahaham

    I'm not a blackberry user, but i'm considering to be one. But, there's one thing that i need to confirm first about BBM. I use my mobile phone to get online using applications like MSN or nimbuz or skype, but everytime i was idle (not chatting or using the application) for about 5mins, i seemed to be disconnected (though my chat friends said that i appeared online).
    SO, my question is, does BBM get me somewhat disconnected if i keep the messenger idle? Is there any specific duration in which i should be aware of to avoid of being 'disconnected'?

    I really need the information… Thank u

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    BlackBerry Messenger is an always on service. By default online and busy are the only 2 options available, but you can set a personal message. I personally never change my status. I have never looked at BlackBerry Messenger and it has signed me out and to be honest I don't think the option is even possible. It seems to keep a persistent connection to RIMs NOC (network operations center). Also a neat feature is the ability to put users icon on the home screen so if you talk to your partner all the time their icon can show their picture and you have quick access to them.

    Hope this helps.

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    When you click the BlackBerry button on a contact and they are connected to contact in your address book then the application has access to email and phone numbers. You should see the option to MMS, email, or PIN them. By default BlackBerry Messenger uses PINs to communicate so the PIN option will always be there but Email and MMS will only show if the information is available to BlackBerry Messenger.

    If you do have a contact that is in your address book with this information but does not show try connecting the contact to your address book entry by doing the following:

    click the BlackBerry button on the contact and select “Link to BlackBerry contact”. If the user exists it will try to link it automatically if not you will be asked to select the contact or create a new one. You con do either of the features to connect them. This will now show their pin in your address book entry and should connect the contact to BlackBerry Messenger

    • Kristy

      I experienced some odd behavior when linking a contact in Messenger to a contact in the Address Book. No matter if the person sent me an SMS or a BB Messenger message, I got the new Messenger icon on the top of my home page. And neither the Messages icon or the SMS icon at the bottom of my home page were starred so I couldn’t tell if it was SMS or Messenger without checking them both. And on top of that, if it was an SMS message, I didn’t get the ringtone I had set for the person for SMS messages.

      I ended up deleting the person from Messenger and re-adding to undo the connection. And now I get the starred SMS icon and the ringtone when it’s a SMS message.

    • Kristy

      I experienced some odd behavior when linking a contact in Messenger to a contact in the Address Book. No matter if the person sent me an SMS or a BB Messenger message, I got the new Messenger icon on the top of my home page. And neither the Messages icon or the SMS icon at the bottom of my home page were starred so I couldn’t tell if it was SMS or Messenger without checking them both. And on top of that, if it was an SMS message, I didn’t get the ringtone I had set for the person for SMS messages.

      I ended up deleting the person from Messenger and re-adding to undo the connection. And now I get the starred SMS icon and the ringtone when it’s a SMS message.

  • Sharon Zelman

    I'm having trouble getting my emails on my Blackberry. What should I do?

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    Also I just noticed what he was talking about. If you add a new contact and chose SMS or phone number you can input one or chose from your contact list, they will then be added as an SMS contact. When you receive an SMS message from them they will show up as threaded conversation in BlackBerry Messenger.

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    Plus I forgot to mention the best thing of all when you use SMS through BlackBerry Messenger no SMS charges to you only to them unless they have you as SMS on BlackBerry Messenger as well then its straight data charges and only goes through the NOC for extra security.

  • abrahaham

    Sure, that really helps…thx..

    Umm,another thing, i need some info about an application of blackberry, if i'm not mistaken, it's called blackberry locator. Could anyone familiar with that application explain it to me??


  • aiselam

    My blackberry seems to erase all my BB Msgr “current conversations” as well as all past appointments on my calender at random. I have downloaded the most recent software, yet it continues to happen. I'm getting ready to trade this phone in for the iPhone. I have to carry an old calender in my purse because my BB is erasing everything. Can anyone help!

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    Do you find your memory getting full? And I'm talking internal memory not the memory card. From what I remember the BlackBerry when it runs out of room will start to delete older message. I'm not sure about BlackBerry Messenger what it does when memory runs low. Can you check to make sure that pictures and other stuff is moved onto a Micro SD card see if that helps.

    Maybe someone from the RIM BlackBerry team can answer if message can get auto erased.

  • Ryan

    I don't think this is true…SMS is still SMS. You will incur SMS charges.

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    I'm not sure but I do know that an SMS uses your phone system not the data hence the name short message system because they piggied on the left over phone signal. This is why you can SMS when you only have phone service. If you add someone to BlackBerry Messenger via SMS when they send you a message it shows up then moves to BlackBerry Messenger so you get an incoming charge but outgoing I can't tell for sure if it just sending the SMS for you or if it sends to the NOC and they send it out. I'm guessing they will just relay internally the SMS and not the NOC but I'm not sure now 🙂

  • Courtney

    As an avid BlackBerry user, I am always excited to see the release of new apps and versions of my current applications to make my life easier. I find that I use BlackBerry Messenger almost constantly, and is my primary way to keep in contact with family and friends. I love the new features, such as the groups. However, I am sad to see that an option to include Google Chat is not available yet. I would love to have an all-in-one-messaging service to make communication easier.

  • abrahaham

    how do i get in touch directly with BB technician? coz i wanna get the accurated information regarding blackberry applications. Thx

  • jayson

    hi i would like to find out how much it is going to cost me to use the gps and blackberry maps and how long a mb is going to last while i am on the gps.

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    Post here and sometimes they will answer 🙂 they have different tech post different blogs, some are writers some are techs for the software. There are also the forums which can help a lot. If you go to blackberry.com and click on support you should see the support forums.

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    Were on the same page nothing fancy just give me chat on those networks with the stability of BlackBerry Messenger.

  • koliswa

    Is it possible to send a fax on the Blackberry??

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    I can tell you from my experience we each have a 1GB a month plan and I use a lot of GPS, email, Windows Live Messenger. I have never gone over my plan yet but it all depends on your use. As well if you have a Wi-Fi device and I office or home around an access point it can reduce the smaller stuff like surfing downloading etc. Mind you GPS and on the run and road stuff is where you will see it the most. I only thing I can recommend is trial and error until you find the right plan. There are some applications out there to help like Data Watcher programs I found one here on Goolge by just searching BlackBerry data tracking (http://www.google.com/search?client=ms-rim&hl=e…) this is a good start.

    On another note these are not a simple device they are state of the art smart phones and do require a little bit more money to get all the bells and whistles going. For most providers they would be glad to help you start off small and warn you when you get close to plan usages close to the end (I know Rogers in Ontario does).

    With a BlackBerry there are normal 2 services you can order from your provider BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service) and BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Service). Both plans carry data services but BES is some times comes with more of a higher data package because BES is an enterprise level application that need to install on a server and pairs with Exchange, Lotus or other large mail programs normally found in enterprises or small businesses. BES will keep your Email, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, Contacts wirelessly synchronized with you mail server so you can see why it would require more data to support it. There are also providers that will host you email and provide BES of course for a cost but cheaper then buying big mail servers, BES licenses, and ISP costs for a few people.

    BIS plans are perfect for consumers that would like to surf, email, download etc. For a cheaper price. BIS will give you the ability to sent up your email accounts on RIM secure servers and retrieve them on your device even free services like Gmail or MSN Live. The downfall of BIS is that the sync of Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Notes and any other 3rd party program must be done over Bluetooth or a USB cable. There are 3rd party programs that have tried to let you synchronize even on BIS but I have not tried them yet so I cannot speak on them maybe some one else can. Again as soon as you start to do that your data services will go up because you use more of it, but don't require servers and expensive software.

    I really hope this helps and I apologize if its longer then you wanted but an informed decision with as much information can help a lot. Please let me know if some where in there I did not answer your question. Good luck and let us know!

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    The BlackBerry does not have built in fax services. As you can imagine you would need to have a paper feed to send 🙂 with that being said there are many virtual fax services on the internet that can give you a fax number and email address. This will allow you to receive emails with faxes that people have sent you. This allows you to receive, to send they have normally a number email like yourfaxnumber@service.com so that you can send an email with an attachment and any message in the body will create a cover page for the fax and the attachment will be added as the fax portion. Most have the ability to set all this up on a website to ensure it has a template and looks professional.

    For the most part these faxes look better then an original because its from digital to digital instead of needing to scan it in.

    So I guess you can say that it can fax but not without some sort of service to help do this digitally.

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