I am confused, in one statement you said BBM is why RIM unique, then you say it would be a mistake to sell more of that. RIM makes money on subscribers not hardware, hardware right now gets them subscribers. Subscriber numbers is what they report to share holders. it would be stupid of them not to do this. And if Apple ever allows it RIM will build a email client for iPhone and Andriod, you'll see.Yep, every kid I talk to that uses BB tells me the same thing, that the reason they use BB is for BBM. I have friends that have switched from iPhone to BB simply because of BBM. I think it would be a huge mistake to take the one feature that makes their product unique and sell it for every other platform.
Count me as one that can't quite see the point of BBM who really need ANOTHER messaging platform, I already have plenty as it is... most of which push instantly to my phone... (txt's, 4 email accounts (only 3 push instantly), facebook (both chat and messages), 3 msn messenger accounts, gmail chat, etc... need I really go on?
So my question is what's so special about BBM other than that I'd only be able to access it via my blackberry, one of the biggest advantages of the others that I can see is that I can access them all (except for txt) from my desktop or any other web connected device if I want...
This also makes it very difficult to spoof, hence secure, you can't steal someones pin, you would have to steal someones blackberry to gain access to their pin.Blackberry Messenger is a skin on top of the basic PIN to PIN messaging which has been there on these devices for long. A “PIN” is a hardware address, similar to a MAC address, and is unique to every BlackBerry device. A “PIN” however is not an authentication password nor is it a user identifier. It is the method by which the BlackBerry device is identified to the RIM relay for the purpose of finding the device within the global wireless service providers’ networks.
BES offers is Peer-to-Peer messaging encryption (Peer-to-peer is another name for PIN-to-PIN). This sets a unique encryption key all BlackBerrys in that organization use when sending and recieving PIN-to-PIN messages. This key is not available to RIM so your messages will be private within your closed BES community.