BlackBerry Messenger for consumers is shutting down, Enterprise now available for personal use

Written about 1 year ago by IanDorfman

Though known nowadays as a throwback to complex mobile devices before the advent of modern smartphones, BlackBerry continues to exist in multiple ways through both hardware and software. Now we know the date that one of these ways will close: Small BlackBerry Messenger iconBlackBerry Messenger will no longer be available after May 31st of this year.

The announcement came via a post on the official BlackBerry Messenger blog, stating that it's "time to say goodbye."

Though the development team that revived BlackBerry Messenger three years ago is "proud of what [they] have built to date," they cite the fluidity of the tech industry as the main reason why BlackBerry Messenger is being sunset and the team is moving on.

Meanwhile, BlackBerry Limited responded to this shutdown by announcing via press release that it will make Small BlackBerry Messenger Enterprise iconBlackBerry Messenger Enterprise available for individual use after previously only being available for enterprise and business use.

BlackBerry Messenger Enterprise is now available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. It's free for the first year of use, and then costs $2.49 for each 6 months of use.

Further coverage:
BBM Blog
BlackBerry press release
CrackBerry.com
Engadget
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