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stripe 01-21-2013 04:27 PM

is bbm worth having?
 
Hi all

I am a newbie here so please be gentle.

I am getting my first blackberry tomorrow (orange UK PAYG)

I don't know very much about bbm, but from what I have read I believe that on pay as you go you have to pay extra for it as well as having to purchase data and it can be a right pain to use (unless I have just found the unlucky people when doing my surfing)

do people think its worth it? or would I find it more useful just to use wireless instead?

all answers welcome as I know nothing:oops:

regards

stripe

fourstringfuror 01-21-2013 04:45 PM

Re: is bbm worth having?
 
BBM is a service offered by BlackBerry, not Orange. It works only between other BlackBerry users, of course. You will need a specific BlackBerry data plan in addition to your paygo plan. Once you do, though, BBM is free to use, and even includes free Wifi calling with BBM Voice (again, only to other BBM users).

I find BBM very useful, and would not consider giving it up.

stripe 01-21-2013 05:42 PM

Re: is bbm worth having?
 
thanks fourstringfuror for your post, I am starting to understand. so I could call any other bbm users in the world at no cost.

is any other internet activity covered by BBM? (emails or whatever) or is it just a communication device between blackberry owners? (who use bbm)

(is it okay to ask supplementary questions or do I need a new thread?)

fourstringfuror 01-21-2013 05:55 PM

Re: is bbm worth having?
 
BBM stands for BlackBerry Messenger, and is just one of several BlackBerry features.

A BlackBerry data plan will give you the core BlackBerry functionality - email, multitasking, BBM, browser, etc. BBM Voice is part of BBM and works over Wifi, so you must be on Wifi and calling another BBM user (also on Wifi).

Without a BlackBerry data plan, you have very limited capability. You can make calls and send text messages, but little else, in most cases.

stripe 01-21-2013 06:16 PM

Re: is bbm worth having?
 
fourstringfuror you are truly a genius, I understand and like what I am hearing, I do some linux development work (hobby), with mainly Australians and Americans so if they had blackberry's they could ring me (on wifi) when I am not on line or message me if I was not on wifi for free, or the other way around.

also I presume I would be able to make voice calls from free public WiFi hotspots

with the browser would there be a limit to what I could view, or would I need a separate data plan for that

sorry for all the questions

NJBlackBerry 01-21-2013 06:30 PM

Re: is bbm worth having?
 
No, do not presume that. Very few BlackBerrys offer WiFi calling. Even fewer offer Skype. Be sure to check with your carrier first.

To use the BlackBerry browser you need the BlackBerry Data Plan mentioned earlier.

stripe 01-21-2013 06:48 PM

Re: is bbm worth having?
 
thanks NJBlackBerry for your post, I have got my head around it now, sorry when referring to WiFi I was meaning using BBS to BBS (bad post sorry) and yes it all depends on what the carrier/hardware will allow

at least with PAYG I can get a 1 month data plan initially and test the boundary's to see what is possible without having to sign up for a contract.

thanks again

fourstringfuror 01-22-2013 10:16 AM

Re: is bbm worth having?
 
The bottom line is you'll need a BlackBerry data plan to use BBM (including BBM Voice), email, browser, and pretty much anything beyond making phone calls and sending text messages.

WhatsNotTaken 01-26-2013 04:53 PM

Re: is bbm worth having?
 
BBM is quite possibly the main reason people still have BlackBerry's

trailrunner 02-07-2013 05:41 PM

Re: is bbm worth having?
 
Back in the day....2005-2009, BBM was one of my favorite features of my red 8310 curve but all of my friends and coworkers had BBs. Now I do not know one single person with a BB so BBM would be useless to me. My how things have changed.

abruzzo 06-22-2013 12:57 PM

Re: is bbm worth having?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by fourstringfuror (Post 1797007)
The bottom line is you'll need a BlackBerry data plan to use BBM (including BBM Voice), email, browser, and pretty much anything beyond making phone calls and sending text messages.

I am new to BlackBerry and know little about BBM. I have only a talk and text plan from Koodo but the BBM text messages work without a data plan. I suppose some of the other BBM features might come with extra cost.

abruzzo 06-22-2013 01:01 PM

Re: is bbm worth having?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by trailrunner (Post 1798933)
Now I do not know one single person with a BB so BBM would be useless to me. My how things have changed.

Hang in there.. BBM is being ported to Android and other platforms.

rambo47 06-23-2013 08:19 AM

Re: is bbm worth having?
 
A couple years ago I had a BBM contact list that was 4 pages long. I re-activated my BB 9650 the other day and my BBM contact list was just TWO contacts. Seems they've all gone to iPhones. Hopefully this will change when the app is ported cross-platform.

NJBlackBerry 06-23-2013 08:45 AM

Re: is bbm worth having?
 
My BBM contact list has three people. And all three are contacts for this site.
Virtually everyone at work has gone to iPhones. No friends still have BBs.

It's gonna be a long struggle.

Appearbusiness 09-05-2013 05:32 AM

Re: is bbm worth having?
 
Blackberry messanger provide several features like e-mails,Browser free messaging service but we need a BBM data plan.

ZombieBerry 09-05-2013 06:47 AM

Re: is bbm worth having?
 
I still have over a 1000 contacts, about half are people through work, and the others are friends, family, and people I know.

I post my PIN in a few places, but find I decline more than I accept invitations.

rambo47 09-05-2013 11:32 AM

Re: is bbm worth having?
 
Opening up BBM to iOS and Android can revitalize BBM. Especially Android. Apple has iMessage, a BBM-style messaging protocol that is iPhone-only. It will be a real uphill battle to get iPhone users to adopt BBM in light of what iMessage gives them. Android doesn't have anything as compelling as iMessage or BBM. If Android users adopt BBM in force that might drag along enough iPhone users so it's at least a second messaging app more users will consider.

alicepattinson 09-06-2013 07:34 PM

Re: is bbm worth having?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by WhatsNotTaken (Post 1797624)
BBM is quite possibly the main reason people still have BlackBerry's

Yeah. somehow true :razz:

dc/dc 09-07-2013 09:29 AM

Re: is bbm worth having?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by alicepattinson (Post 1807652)
Yeah. somehow true :razz:

No.


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