Originally Posted by pvdilf40
I'm not trying to be a smart alec but what makes BBM so special over any other IM client? (i.e Yahoo, Google, AIM, MSN)
A few thoughts off the top of my head...
BBM conversations are encrypted as the traffic never leaves the BlackBerry infrastructure.
BBM offers delivery and read notifications.
BBM can be set up for internal use only on BES enabled handhelds. (Added security.)
BBM doesn't require an "account" to be set up on some public service somewhere which could possibly become compromised.
BBM can be audited by BES administrators which makes it more attractive than public IM clients in secured environments.
You can easily send pictures, files, audio, contact info, etc. over BBM.
BBM is pre-loaded on all BlackBerry devices.
BBM is "always on" and doesn't use as much battery power to run as third-party IM clients.
BBM has proven to be quite stable and is not the cause of memory leaks that plague other third-party apps.
You can easily change your BBM handle at will without your contacts needing to re-add you to their contact list.
BBM conversations and contact lists can be backed up locally to media card, or remotely via email. (With BBM 5)