BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is one of the world’s most popular text chatting services. A version for Android and iPhone was introduced last month, and an iPad one was introduced today.
Although restricted to BlackBerry devices until a few weeks ago, there were still 60 million active BBM users. That number grew to 80 million in the week after the app went cross-platform.
Many prefer it to regular text messaging because users do not have to share their phone number to communicate with others, and both people in a conversation must agree before any messages are exchanged.
Previously, the BBM app was only available to iOS devices that have a constant connection to the Internet, but that changed with the introduction of the iPad version.
BBM offers multi-person chats, and BlackBerry Groups, for sharing calendars, photos, and files among up to 30 people.
It is free to download and use, and can be found now in Apple’s App Store.