For some time now BlackBerry has had to battle it out with its own inabilities of running a corporation and the mounting competition it has had in the forms of devices like the iPhone and Android running smartphones. Of course, the year 2013 saw BlackBerry Corp come right back with a bang with its launch of a new series of handsets touting the new BlackBerry 10 OS. Where many felt that things were done and over for the handset manufacturers, the tide seemed to turn a bit and the new series did earn respect if nothing else. Stats say that their revenues aren’t so bad either with reception in places like Canada, UK and Middle East being very positive.
And of course, BlackBerry has maintained fame through its marvelous
app development for BBM devices in some areas; it is preferred for enterprises thanks to its safe OS and lack of BBM spy related problems. But though BBM may be a safe choice for texting coworkers and colleagues, you might want to see what the competitors are offering. These alternative options to BBM might have you changing your mind about your BlackBerry texting application of choice.
This one is really no surprise. WhatsApp is officially the world’s largest text messaging service and is available for BlackBerry users too. In other words BlackBerry users who previously could not avail this app can now jump right in. The launch did come late indeed but BlackBerry 10 users will find it working well with the new updated OS; you get complete integration with your BlackBerry contacts as well as instant push notifications.
This free texting service is also one that can have BlackBerry users opting out of BBM believe it or not. Users can use this app to talk to their contacts as well as message contacts on various social platforms such as Facebook, GTalk, and Skype. You can also share videos and photos for free too. Voice calls would cost some cash but then again as an alternate to BBM it works just fine.
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This is another free app that you can choose to opt for in place of a BlackBerry Messenger and allows you to text as well as call people anywhere in the world and across platforms. It’s easy to use and resembles apps like WhatsApp as it allows you to find contacts using their phone numbers. The app offers some fun features too as users can use the funny voice filters, animated emoticons and walkie-talkie settings if you are into old school.
No matter what app you wish to use for texting and voice calling your friends, Skype will always be your friend- -and maybe not so much of BBM’s. Skype for BlackBerry then is a srong deterrent for users away from BBM as it is a messaging app that can fulfill everyone’s needs not to mention that everyone has a Skype app anyway.
This app is available for BlackBerry and has been getting attention for some time now. Users can basically use it contact other Kik users for free and find contacts using each other’s telephone numbers.
Sound appealing yet? Go give the competitors a shot.
Author Bio:Jessica is a writer for MobiStealth and loves to dig into the world of apps. She can be contacted @jcarol429