BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone will be available today, but you’ll have to wait in a line [Update: Available]

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BlackBerry has announced that BBM for iPhone will be available on the App Store “in the next few hours.” The company had released its messaging app last month on the App Store, but pulled it quickly because a pre-release BBM for Android build leaked, which caused server issues.

Update: BBM for iPhone is now live on the App Store, download link below.

From BlackBerry’s blog:

I am thrilled to tell you that we are about to officially resume our rollout of BBM for Android and iPhone customers around the globe! In the next few hours, people will start seeing BBM in Google Play, the App Store and in select Samsung App Stores – where it will be free to download.

Sadly, even a company of BlackBerry’s scale seems to not be well-prepared to handle the surge in traffic to BBM servers as a result of the rollout. Although BBM for iPhone will go live on the App Store, users will have to enter a queue to reserve a spot, just like Mailbox:

To help manage this unprecedented pent up demand for BBM, we are implementing a simple line-up system to ensure a smooth roll out. Here’s how it is going to work…

  1. Download BBM – the easiest way is to visit BBM.com from your Android or iPhone browser*
  2. Once you install the app, open it, and enter your email address to hold your spot in line
  3. We will email you as soon as you reach the front of the line and can start using BBM

If you’ve already signed up on BBM.com, you can skip the line and start using BBM as soon as it’s available.

We’ll let you know as soon as BBM for iPhone goes live on the App Store. Till then, let us know in the comments if you plan to install it.

Update 1: 

BBM for iPhone is now live on the App Store. You can download it from here.

Update 2:

Trick seems to allow some users to bypass the BBM waiting list. Check this post for more details.

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  • Lunar

    Imessage and Whatsapp are most popular now, and whatsapp is avaiable in Blackberry as well, so i dont think it will be hit…imessage security concern might have created hype for BBM, but no…it will be another declined path for Blackberry (Ex-RiM)

  • Kwopau

    Meh…I’ll pass on the BBM. I use kakaotalk to text my family or friends who lives internationally. Most of my friends I know uses either iOS or Android so whatsapp or Line has better use for me.

  • Corey

    Downloaded.. (curiosity )
    “BBM is unable to connect to the server. Please try again later.”

    Edit: Connected. Queued.

  • Pretoria

    Doesnt want to open in app when they say when you get the email

  • antony

    it work downloaded it on myn and me dads fine

  • Shannon

    Don’t work on my iPhone won’t let me past the email bit,help?

  • Dr Martini

    This version of BBM is awesome!!!! works great. I made the switch from blackberry about 6 months ago and this is the only thing I missed about it

  • Adli ramadhan

    It doesnt work when i opened and enter the email , then i click i get the email it doesnt work

  • Ashley

    My BBm keeps saying temporary error server I don’t know what to do !! I tried deleting the app and re download it says the same thing. Could someone please help me

    • Gautam

      It looks like BlackBerry is having capacity issues due to the surge in traffic. You may want to try after sometime.

  • _raeesah_

    I already signed up and pre-registered on bbm.com and received an email that said I was allowed to skip the line up and the first time the app just shut down while I was creating a new bbid and now it won’t allow me to skip the line up … What do I do to skip the line up?

  • Jess

    It’s saying that it’s not available in my version but I have I pad to wi -fi so I should work -_-

  • Señorita

    Why is it not working :( been waiting all day for the email!

  • Prophet

    It is the best IM out there period. Whatsapp n the others are just crued copies.

  • Dayo

    Av not seen d msg on my email dayod82@gmail.com pls send it over an 1hr nw

  • AYESHA

    HAVENT RECEIVED EMAIL……STILL WAITING

  • Dayo

    Been waiting all day 4 dis email till nw it hasn’t be sent dayod82@gmail.com pls send it or sum1 show me d easy way or I can

  • Gbenga Akinola

    kindly send me d download link for iphone

  • Dayo

    Still waiting 4 d email wats taking dis too long y na

  • Starr

    Downloaded bbm & have been waiting 9 hours for an email! Does anyone know how long it’s going to take? Surely it cannot be much longer…