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BBM for Wi-Fi only iPads officially launched

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BlackBerry has launched a new BBM app, with the free to use messaging service landing for Wi-Fi only iPads.

With the BBM for iPhone and BBM for Android apps having been originally introduced last month, ailing smartphone maker BlackBerry has now rolled out its free-to-use WhatsApp rival to Wi-Fi only Apple devices, such as the new iPad Air and iPad mini 2.

Having been confirmed shortly before launch by BlackBerry’s Head of BBM, Andrew Bocking, the new BBM for iPad app will also work with the Wi-Fi connected iPod Touch.

With the recent multiplatform BBM launch having seen the formerly BlackBerry handset exclusive service exceed 10 million downloads during its first 24 hours of availability, Bocking has stated that he is “pleased” with the high adoption rates.

Although the existing iOS BBM app can be used on 3G and 4G connected iPads, the new application allows Wi-Fi only models to make use of the cross-platform messaging options for the first time. Far from a all new service, the new app is simply an upscaled version of the iPhone offering.

Originally BlackBerry had stated that it would not bring BBM to iPads as the messaging service was better used on truly portable, and independently connected devices.

Speaking exclusively with TrustedReviews back at BlackBerry Live in May, Vivek Bhardwaj, Head of the BlackBerry Software Portfolio stated: “Smartphone is our real focus and again it comes back to what BBM is.”

He added: “If you look at BBM and the engagement and the activity, it’s because it is mobile, because people are on the go.”

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RJ

November 16, 2013, 8:26 am

I was a Blackberry die hard for years (and still use a Blackberry on GIffgaff PAYG for free overseas data roaming when I'm travelling abroad), but always thought that one of the big losses in abandoning Blackberry for Android, was BBM. Fast forward 2 years and all my contacts use Whatsapp, an excellent app for which I am more than happy to pay a tiny fee for 3 years use. Is there any compelling reason to switch back to BBM now it is multi platform? I can't see one, can other readers?

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