MB131174 wrote:The only thing you need to use BBM is the app, an email address and a smartphone. I think a lot of people don't understand BBM because they've never used it. It has some major strengths that other messenger apps do not have:
1) Can be used on virtually any platform, whether it be: iOS, Android, BlackBerry and I think (but not 100% sure) Windows. I'm a huge iOS fan, but I will be the first to agree that iMessage is only good if the other person has an Apple device. I can't iMessage my buddy who has an Android. My cousin who is pro-Android can't use Gchat with our grandmother because she doesn't have a google account. Yet all 3 of us can use BBM. BBM solves the 1 messenger for all devices regardless of whether it was made by the ghost of Steve Jobs or a green machine, etc.
2) You don't have to give out ANY private information (i.e.: phone number, email address). This is where whatsapp falls short. If I want a buyer I do business with to message me on my mobile, I have to give them my number (which I may not want them to have!) or on iMessage I'd have to give out an email address I may not want to give out. Giving out a PIN keeps you pretty private.
3) You can seamlessly move from platform to platform. Sick of iOs and wanna use Android? No problem. BBM will follow you and your contacts will never know (unless you tell them) that you switched. I'd love to try the Note 3, but, I'm so engrained in the iMessage right now (due to lack of BBM contacts) that I can't move from it. (Some of my contacts are overseas).
4) It's not owned by evil Facebook.
#1 is user specific. You can't iMessage your buddy on android because he doesn't use iMessage. I cannot BBM somebody if that person doesn't use BBM. It's the same problem, except within your social circle, everyone uses BBM. It's the same way if I use gchat and all of my friends use gchat. That is a natural advantage baked into your social circle, and not an advantage of BBM in and of itself. I just don't know why there is an argument of being 'locked in' for any other platform when you must do the same to use BBM between yourself and family/friends.