This is our pick for the day, talks about the popular BBM application from Rim to be always free. Since launch it has recorded a million times download too.
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Now that BBM for
Android is finally here and the messaging service is starting to
experience a resurgence in popularity, some are starting to wonder if
there is a catch to BlackBerry’s free offering. Users of the company’s
BBM service need not worry as BlackBerry is officially saying that BBM will remain free for the foreseeable future.
Even better, users of the service on Android and iOS will soon be on
the same level as BlackBerry users as the BBM app on those platforms
will be getting video and voice chats within months, according to
BlackBerry executive VP for BBM Andrew Bocking in an interview with CBC
News. Should these features really push through in a timely manner, BBM
might actually experience a renaissance that would put BlackBerry in a
more positive light, something that it terribly needs nowadays.
The Canadian company has been the subject of many headlines,
particularly those that talk about the company’s financial woes and
profitability issues. Now that BBM is proving to be quite popular, at
least based on download statistics and user reviews, some of which have
already been questioned, people are wondering if BlackBerry will
suddenly turn the free service into a subscription-based revenue source.
Not so, according to Bocking, as the company has other sources in mind.
Particularly, it is mulling over new premium features such as
YouTube-like BBM Channels that it plans to launch in the near future.
The key phrase in Bocking’s statement, however, is “foreseeable
future”. BBM’s free status is, of course, totally dependent on the
current management’s favor. Should rumors of BlackBerry’s financial
problems and eventual acquisition turn out to be true, then BBM users
might face new owners who would not be so keen on keeping BBM free, or
source: android community