Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I keep hearing all this hoopla about BBM (Blackberry Messenger) and I want in on the fun. Is there anything similar to BBM out there for the iPhone? I heard WhatsApp was something like it, but just wondering if there were any others.

share|improve this question
Whats app, is cross platform, and will work on Windows, Android and BB. – Graeme Hutchison Jan 10 '12 at 15:19
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Kik Messenger is relatively new and has the best feature from BBM (IMO);

Sent, Delivery, Read and typing status for messages

Unfortunately it was pulled from Blackberry's App World and actually blocked from pushing data on the Blackberry due to the fact that the founder was once an intern on the RIM BBM team. RIM is actually in the process of suing Kik - which just goes to show you that they are onto something.

Even without proper support on Blackberry, it's highly recommended for iPhone, and there is an Android version as well.

share|improve this answer

WhatsApp and PingChat are the major games in town. I've also heard a bit about Cnectd

Nothing has really sold me yet, as I'm looking for proper delivery and read notification a la BBM.

Now if someone could figure out how to cross the impossible chasm to somehow connect into the BBM network, it would be a game changer.

share|improve this answer
Thanks! That's kinda what I thought (that there was nothing compatible with BBM). From what I've been reading, doesn't seem like anyone will be able to do so, but even if there was a universal app that all smartphones could use (even Blackberry users in place of/ in addition to BBM) would be cool. – Thomas Jul 20 '10 at 12:42
I believe 2 or 3 of the ones I listed above ALSO have Blackberry versions - which is helpful if you can convince your BB friends to install and use it :) – Josh Newman Jul 21 '10 at 3:31

iMessage (Free on iOS5)

iMessage has now come to iOS5.

This can send messages to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, as long as they are connected to either a Wi-Fi or 3G network.

share|improve this answer

LiveProfile recently launched and is clearly GUNNING for BBM. Even closer in look, feek and functionality than Kik.

Even the fonts are similar:

alt text

They say their Blackberry App will be out soon, but I'd be surprised if RIM doesn't give them a hard time. iPhone and Android versions are currently available.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.