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BlackBerry Messenger Is Shutting Down On May 31st

The enterprise-graded BBM is now available for individual use but will set you back $2.49 for a six-month.


BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for consumers will finally shut down on May 31st. In a recent blog post from Emtek (the Indonesia-based company that took over the development of the BBM app since 2016), the company cited their reason for the shut down being app had to do with users moving on to other platforms.

We poured our hearts into making this a reality, and we are proud of what we have built to date. The technology industry however, is very fluid, and in spite of our substantial efforts, users have moved on to other platforms, while new users proved difficult to sign on.Emtek

The BBMe which is the company’s enterprise-grade encrypted Messenger will now be available for personal use. BBM users that still want the functionality of the app can download the enterprise version on Android and iOS for free. The catch here is that the app is free for the first year and will set users back $2.49 for a six-month subscription afterward. BBMe comes standard with the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition.