BlackBerry Messenger is set to land on the iPhone towards the end of the next month, rumours suggest.
Speculation that the highly rated instant messaging solution was coming to Apple smarties via a dedicated app surfaced earlier this month.
According to the chaps at Boy Genius Report, the version of BlackBerry Messenger wouldn’t offer the full gamut of functions BlackBerry owners enjoy but would still enable users to chat away with anyone who’s also got the app installed.
The good news today is that we could be getting the app as early next month. That’s if a post on Mac Rumours’ forum courtesy of someone calling themself 'Rihanna' is to believed.
The forum contributor cum R’n’B starlet claims that he attended a social media conference held by BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) yesterday at which the company disclosed that BlackBerry Messenger is hitting the App Store on April 26th.
His post stated: “RIM had a Social Media conference today in Toronto, and my entire college business and marketing class was invited to the event. RIM's co-ceo Jim Balsillie revealed that they plan to bring BBM and "other services" to iPhone on April 26 via the App Store.
“Balsillie also revealed that they plan to release an update to the app this summer which will take advantage of a new ’notification system’!!!”, he added.
Naturally, the post has been greeted with a healthy dose of specticism. But we really hope it’s true.
Mitigating heavily against it however is that BlackBerry Messenger is surely RIM’s phones’ biggest single selling point among younger users – meaning that porting it to other platforms would make scant commercial sense, unless RIM decides to charge for the service for non-BlackBerry users.