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BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone & Android: Better For Your Business?

BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone & Android: Better For Your Business?
BlackBerry Messenger is coming iPhone and Android. / Credit: us.Blackberry.com

[Update: BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Andriod devices launched today to strong demand. BlackBerry announced on Twitter that more than 5 million people downloaded the app in just eight hours after its release.]

BlackBerry Messenger’s security and feature set make it one of the best mobile messaging services for small business owners — and it’s coming to iPhone and Android platforms very soon.

The cross-platform app was launched last month but was quickly pulled. An older, unofficial version of the app reportedly caused problems for users of the official version.

Yesterday (Oct. 15), BlackBerry finally announced the app is just “days away” from a full rollout. The company declined to provide a specific release date for the much-anticipated app, however.

In recent years users have flocked from SMS to mobile messaging services like BlackBerry Messenger and WhatsApp. Unlike standard SMS text messaging, which you pay for as part of your cellphone plan, BlackBerry Messenger is a free Web app that uses mobile data. It also allows for fee-free international messaging.

Business users who want to keep communications between employees secure prefer BlackBerry Messenger over alternatives, thanks to BlackBerry’s trademark security features.

BlackBerry Messenger communications aren’t just private to recipients. They’re also encrypted during transmission to keep your small business’ internal company communications safe.

The phone maker continues to promote its best-in-class security as enthusiasm for BlackBerry handsets continues to fade, even in enterprise environments.

But small business owners and employees switching to iPhone and Android smartphones will benefit as BlackBerry ports its popular messaging app to the platforms — whenever the service is finally unveiled, that is.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.

Brett Nuckles

A former Ohio newspaper man, Brett Nuckles fled the Midwest in 2013. He now lives in Seattle, where he spends his days tinkering with smartphones, tablets and computers. He loves to think about the intersection of technology and productivity, and how to get the most out of new gadgets and apps. He's also a big fan of vegetarian food and digital painting. In his off hours he spends most of his time drawing and painting sci-fi/fantasy scenes on his PC with his trusty Wacom stylus in hand.