View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. What Is
March 24, 2017

What is BBM?

Find out about the popular messenger from Blackberry.

By James Nunns

BBM is an acronym for BlackBerry Messenger, which is an instant messaging application on BlackBerry devices.

The application can also be used to make voice calls and messages can be exchanged between either a single person or a chat group.

The messenger allows users to send messages and voice calls between owners of Blackberry, iOS, Windows Phone and Android devices.

How does BBM compare to WhatsApp?

Initially released in August 2005, the application is said to have more than 190 million users worldwide, as of 2015.

Features of BlackBerry Messenger include the ability to make BBM Video calls or Screen Share over Wi-Fi, or mobile network, and cross platform video calls.

There are several similarities between WhatsApp and BlackBerry Messenger, but also some differences.

WhatsApp is based on your own phone number whereas BBM uses Pins and users need to sign up for a BlackBerry ID.

Content from our partners
Green for go: Transforming trade in the UK
Manufacturers are switching to personalised customer experience amid fierce competition
How many ends in end-to-end service orchestration?

On the emoticon front (because who doesn’t love an emoticon?!), BBM offers around 90 core emoticons, while WhatsApp has over 190.


Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.