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

over 3 years 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: BlackBerry 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 BlackBerry 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 Engadget The Next Web

  • FreemiumProprietary
  • Android
  • iPhone
  • Blackberry
  • Android Tablet
  • Windows Phone
  • iPad
  • Apple Watch
  • Android Wear
  • Kindle Fire

The consumer version of BlackBerry Messenger will be discontinued on May 31st, 2019.