1. Vic Rivera's Avatar
    Can anyone tell me if there is a difference between BBM and IMessage?
    03-25-2015 06:29 PM
  2. iEd's Avatar
    03-25-2015 07:06 PM
  3. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Yes, there is a difference. For one, BBM is a Blackberry messaging app that is now cross-platform. iMessage is an Apple-only messaging app with the ability to send SMS and MMS messages to non-Apple devices.
    Ricktye likes this.
    03-25-2015 08:12 PM
  4. zerog46's Avatar
    iMessage rocks.

    Also you don't get spam on iMessage.
    Last edited by zerog46; 03-25-2015 at 09:23 PM. Reason: spelling.
    qbnkelt likes this.
    03-25-2015 09:23 PM
  5. mikeo007's Avatar
    iMessage rocks.

    Also you don't get spam on iMessage.
    Or ads.

    Also you need a PIN to use BBM. iMessage just works with your phone number.
    qbnkelt likes this.
    03-26-2015 09:41 AM
  6. agarwal.apar's Avatar
    BBM is from a company which is sinking and iMessage is from a company which is booming.
    03-26-2015 10:17 AM
  7. katesbb's Avatar
    iMessage just works with your phone number.
    And email addresses, though I can't figure out what that means, but there's a section in Settings about "Send & Receive" addresses for Messages...
    03-26-2015 11:16 AM
  8. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    And email addresses, though I can't figure out what that means, but there's a section in Settings about "Send & Receive" addresses for Messages...
    If you have an iPod Touch or an iPad, for example, you will not have a phone number associated with it, and therefore, your Apple ID can be used to send & receive iMessages. In regard to the iPhone, some people prefer not to use their phone numbers in regard to iMessages and thus, the send & receive settings allows them to choose.
    katesbb likes this.
    03-26-2015 11:27 AM
  9. anon8656116's Avatar
    Yes, there is a difference. For one, BBM is a Blackberry messaging app that is now cross-platform. iMessage is an Apple-only messaging app with the ability to send SMS and MMS messages to non-Apple devices.
    Technically, iMessage is only an instant-messaging service that’s included in the Messages apps on Apple devices. The Messages app is also used to send SMS/MMS on iPhones and other IM services on the Mac (e.g. Jabber, Yahoo! Messenger).

    Explaining all the differences may take a while. These are the biggest:
    • BBM is cross-platform and requires downloading the app, iMessage is Apple-only and preinstalled;
    • BBM requires a separate account (BlackBerry ID), iMessage works without (on iPads/iPods it needs an e-mail address), but your Apple ID can be used for syncing between devices;
    • BBM contacts are based on anonymous PINs and require approval/adding of contacts, iMessage is based on your phone number and thus everyone could contact you alternatively to SMS/MMS.

    Aside from those, they are pretty much alike in terms of chat functions, all though they do approach group messaging differently (on BBM they are bit more powerful). I think BBM is planning to add video chat at some point to their iOS app, but there is no indication yet.
    03-26-2015 12:19 PM
  10. qbnkelt's Avatar
    The BBM experience has gone to a very hot place without a basket since they've started spamming you. Get this app. Join this channel. ugh.....

    Frankly I hate it. It was great once.

    Also in groups you could not see pics within the chat. You had to go to a separate section within the group for the pics. Pain in the neck. Don't know if that's changed. The groups I belonged to left BBM once it became the spamming messenger par excellence.
    Highrisedrifter likes this.
    03-26-2015 01:35 PM
  11. anon8656116's Avatar
    The BBM experience has gone to a very hot place without a basket since they've started spamming you. Get this app. Join this channel. ugh.....

    Frankly I hate it. It was great once.

    Also in groups you could not see pics within the chat. You had to go to a separate section within the group for the pics. Pain in the neck. Don't know if that's changed. The groups I belonged to left BBM once it became the spamming messenger par excellence.
    Truthfully, these messaging services cost money. Apple eats these costs whereas services like WhatsApp chose to require a $0.99 subscription and show no ads at all (although they are still burning a lot more cash than they are making in revenue). BBM has chosen another path, ads with an optional subscription to remove them (although pricy with $0.99 a month). Free services like Telegram are running on investments and donations, but have yet to reveal a sustainable pricing model.

    Aside from that, BBM looks plain ugly on a well-designed device like the iPhone.
    03-26-2015 01:43 PM
  12. mikeo007's Avatar
    Aside from that, BBM looks plain ugly on a well-designed device like the iPhone.
    Sure does.

    They tried to shoehorn their own ugly design language into the iphone app and ended up making a mess. Terrible decision, especially when you compare it to their Windows Phone app which actually follows the WP design language and doesn't stick out like a sore thumb.
    03-26-2015 01:55 PM
  13. RubberChicken76's Avatar
    Or ads.

    Also you need a PIN to use BBM. iMessage just works with your phone number.
    The ads I don't like.

    The PIN I kinda get. It's a pain to remember. On the other hand, I get spam messages in my iMessage.
    03-26-2015 03:12 PM
  14. mikeo007's Avatar
    The ads I don't like.

    The PIN I kinda get. It's a pain to remember. On the other hand, I get spam messages in my iMessage.
    You can block unsolicited iMessages for free. I used to get tons of spam on bbm back when it was relevant, way more than I've ever seen from iMessage. Now I have to pay to stop getting bbm invites for "local singles looking for a good time".

    Nope.
    03-26-2015 03:36 PM
  15. qbnkelt's Avatar
    I've never gotten spam on iMessage. Ever. I get spam EVERY SINGLE DAY on BBM.
    fikrihdr likes this.
    03-26-2015 09:41 PM
  16. hatchettjack's Avatar
    The only spam I get on iMessage is spam I choose to get!


    Sent from my  6+
    03-26-2015 10:53 PM
  17. Newfangled's Avatar
    Former BlackBerry user, here. The only major advantage I see in using BBM is that it is cross-platform. BlackBerry enthusiasts will tell you it is also the most secure IM platform, but unless you are using BBM Protected, which requires your phone to either be paired with a BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Server) or that you pay an annual subscription for their cloud-based service, BBM is not as secure as iMessage, which uses end-to-end encryption.

    BBM does also have nice collaboration features like groups, and also supports voice calls (video calls, too, between BB phones). It tried to venture into social media with Channels, but BB has completely ignored any development or improvements to that feature for over a year. It's a stagnant mess.

    I'm also not a fan of the ads, but I understand that BB has to try to monetize the platform somehow. And I'm not willing to pay to turn them off.

    I struggled mightily to get anyone to even try BBM. That requires downloading and installing the app, setting up yet another ID and password to keep track of, figuring out what your PIN is, and exchanging it with those with whom you want to be in contact.

    The integration of iMessage and FaceTime with iOS makes it supremely easy to use. A large number of my contacts are using iPhones, so it's really a no-brainer.

    For those not on iOS, I use BBM and Facebook Messenger. But iMessage and FaceTime are definitely my first choice now.

    And no ads!


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    ubizmo likes this.
    03-26-2015 11:34 PM
  18. grover5's Avatar
    I use BBM to make calls in bad cell areas. Does imessage do that? I need cross platform messaging. I have many friends and family that left apple so it has to play nice with everyone.

    Posted via the iMore App for Android
    03-26-2015 11:41 PM
  19. qbnkelt's Avatar
    I use BBM to make calls in bad cell areas. Does imessage do that? I need cross platform messaging. I have many friends and family that left apple so it has to play nice with everyone.

    Posted via the iMore App for Android
    Out of the contacts with whom I used to communicate with BBM, only one remains. And we use Skype. I've used BBM voice a total of maybe three times since everyone I know, except for that contact, prefers WhatsApp. NOBODY I know was happy with the spam on BBM. ALL my groups I belong to have moved to WhatsApp because it's cross.! platform and doesn't spam the hell out of you.
    And really?!?!?? BBM is NOT WORTH .99 a month.
    BlackBerry got all the money out of me they're ever going to get. I'm not willing to help them get out of the holethey got themselves into through arrogance and lack of vision.
    03-27-2015 05:04 AM
  20. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    iMessage rocks.

    Also you don't get spam on iMessage.
    There has been some spam or scam I should say on iMessage lately. Not the ad kind, but the phishing kind.


    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5. ☮
    03-27-2015 05:50 AM
  21. mikeo007's Avatar
    I use BBM to make calls in bad cell areas. Does imessage do that? I need cross platform messaging. I have many friends and family that left apple so it has to play nice with everyone.

    Posted via the iMore App for Android
    yup, voice calls work wonderfully through FaceTime voice.
    03-27-2015 05:56 AM
  22. qbnkelt's Avatar
    Well we should get a brief respite from the BlackBerry fanbois. The earnings report is due any second so they'll ge reacting elsewhere. God willing.......
    03-27-2015 06:01 AM
  23. zerog46's Avatar
    There has been some spam or scam I should say on iMessage lately. Not the ad kind, but the phishing kind.


    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5. ☮
    And I think that has nothing to do with iMessage just scammers have your phone number.
    03-27-2015 06:35 AM
  24. mikeo007's Avatar
    Well we should get a brief respite from the BlackBerry fanbois. The earnings report is due any second so they'll ge reacting elsewhere. God willing.......
    The phone lovers will likely be wallowing in self pity today...numbers are terrible.
    Software did ok, but the numbers are still so damn low.
    03-27-2015 07:19 AM
  25. Newfangled's Avatar
    The phone lovers will likely be wallowing in self pity today...numbers are terrible.
    Software did ok, but the numbers are still so damn low.
    In all fairness, BlackBerry is showing signs of life. The results are promising. Will they ever regain their prominence in handsets? Unlikely. But they will succeed primarily as a software and services company (unless they make a huge blunder in that area, too). And if they can keep selling a few hundred thousand handsets here and there to enterprise and government customers, then they'd probably be fine with that.

    They're not competing with Apple and Android in the overall handset market. They haven't even tried since Chen took the reigns.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    03-27-2015 07:43 AM
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