October 28, 2013
The wait is officially over for anyone who wants in on BBM for iOS and Android. In an email to existing and prospective users of its popular Messenger service, BlackBerry has announced that the BBM wait list is no more. "There’s no more line-up for BBM!" the company confirms. "Open up BBM, and get the conversations started." BBM finally became available for good on iOS and Android a week ago, following a botched rollout a month prior. But as it did, it came with a wait list system, whereby customers needed to register their interest and wait for their turn to sign up for the service. Now, though, that wait list system has been done away with. That is to say, anyone can sign up for BBM and start using the service right away on iOS and Android. Mere hours after its launch on iOS and Android, BBM already managed to top 5 million downloads. What's more, while it has since been clinging to the No. 2 spot, BBM debuted as the No. 1 free app in the App Store. And it's expected to continue performing well now that its virtual doors have been made wide open to all and sundry. Optimized for iPhone running iOS 6.0 or later, BBM is available in the App Store for free. BBM received its first update on iOS just a couple of days after its release. The update added contact categories, list sorting and filtering in BBM Groups, and some performance improvements and bug fixes, including a fix for a font-related issue on iOS 7.0.3. For more information on BBM, check out our original review of the app here on AppAdvice.