BBM Beta goes live in Windows Phone Store for downloading

BBM Beta goes live in Windows Phone Store

If you've joined the BBM Beta program, there's good news. The BlackBerry Messenger app is now live and ready to be downloaded in the Windows Phone Store, allowing Windows Phone customers to message friends on the BBM service on iOS, Android, and BlackBerry.

To download the app, you must be part of the BlackBerry Beta program, which filled up quickly. In addition to the Windows Phone-centric ability to pin to the Start screen, here are some of the features that the app brings to Windows Phone:

  • BBID Setup and Log-in (for Whitelisted BBIDs)
  • Create BBM Profile
  • Invite a contact and suggested contacts (people you know)
  • 1-to-1 & Multi-person Chat
  • Contact Categories
  • Manage Settings
  • BBM Groups
  • Notifications and in-app "splats" for new content. See them in Feeds, Contacts when they've sent you a message, etc.

Additionally, BlackBerry is also reporting the following known issues:

  • Invites and acceptances don't send when Windows Phone goes out of WiFi coverage
  • A few newer emoticons are not rendering properly (i.e brrrr, and flex and @-@)
  • Windows Phone shows as available for BBM Voice call although feature is not supported (seen on Android and iOS, not BlackBerry 10)
  • Error popup appears when using "Find Friends" and the "OK" button is selected
  • Suggested Contacts tab only shows users already using BBM, but lists them as potential contacts when BBM is initially launched

Are you part of the beta program? How are you enjoying the new BBM app? Let us know what you like and if you've discovered any bugs or issues while using the latest cross-platform messaging service that's available to Windows Phone.

Thanks to all our tippers for letting us know!



Reader comments

BBM Beta goes live in Windows Phone Store for downloading



I was going to sign up for the beta but after asking my gf and a few friends the conclusion was simply don't bother. The world has moved on and this version not being feature parity with others is a let down too.

i have registered for BBM But still it says u don't have permission to download this app... please suggest me some link for this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was on waiting list for the program but looks like I'm in! Just downloaded and installed successfully, checking out features...

You must have submitted a different email while registering for the beta, a different one than your WP phone account.

i already registered with different emails.. but it's saying that u don't have the permission to download this app... what i hav to do now??

There is a sign in/log in button below the entry fields. Click on it. You will then be able to sign in with your pre submitted credentials.

Group is already full now. You can do one thing note down all bb pin in the comments on a piece of paper and send invitation to everyone. Then you ready to test the app

True... the UI is awesome... but I could just find 3 friends using it. I will keep it though at least for the modern metro UI. Whatsapp need to learn for Blackberry.

Its not really accurate. I have at least 12 people I can think of off the top if my head that were not in the list. Had to invite them separately.

That's because WhatsApp is very intrusive and adds all your contacts automatically. Do you really msg want 185 contacts?

Cz the pin for ios, android n wp are set to start with 7..but with BB devices, you'll get it starts with 2/3

Let's have a group with all the Windows Phone users in India. Add me - 7ca64767!

P.S. I'm not being regionalist here. :P

Extremely buggy. Crashes on multicast, when you push yourself on upper left corner, and others I don't remember all of them at the moment. They have lots of work to do.....

That's the reason we're testing it, I've noticed a few issues myself that I need to provide feedback for ;-)

Already gave two feedbacks. When we switch between apps the invite page does not close even after ee click cancel button. When we hit back button on WP phone the BBM closes but when we reopen it jumps to the same page, finally had to force shutdown BBM. Also we cant see the other person typing unlike other apps.

Edit: the typing status is seen now. It was showing only if both are using WP, now it is showing for all handsets.

Hey... Remember is Beta Testing. It is obvious it'll have some bugs, we're testing it in order to make it better.

It's been 10 minutes and still nothing. If I press back button and relaunch it takes me to the chat screen but there is no pin or anything. Trying again with another id now.

Same. I'm in but I have no pin. Everything i do causes the app to crash. When I try to report the bug it asks me for an incident number that I don't have.

There will be a pin soon. Give it a few more minutes, it will tell you that your phone is registered. Then u will see ur name in the upper left corner. Then it will let you report the problems and also, it wont crash.

Didn't manage to join the beta program on time sadly.

I would really appreciate it if anyone could make a video review for the app, and give me the link to it C:

Just downloaded it. The UI is pretty smooth, and unlike the android or ios port, it's not a clone of the BlackBerry OS port, rather they've followed the metro design well.

Lool never stop doing what u r doing now, coz I'm too lazy to type such comments where needed.
Someone's gotta take charge of this mission.

I have the same issue as some other users here. Got the email that I am a part of BBM Beta, however on Windows Phone store I get an error message that I don't have permission to download :(

You would have entered incorrect id when filling the form which asks for the BBM account email address and Windows store email address. Guess you would have made a typo or there is some other issue.

Perhaps you are right. I guess for my Windows Store ID I had put my Outlook Alias rather than the actual hotmail ID. Any idea how do I change it, while still keeping my invitation for BBM Beta intact?

Not sure if there is an option to change at BBM end because it might have registered in their servers for beta participants. Instead you can try changing the id on windows phone. Just switch the alias as primary email address and change the same on windows phone.

You need to change it on MS account online and try adding that account on your phone. You can delete the original one after that, if there is no option to edit the email or you may have to reset the phone to add the alias

Could be. Now, even though on my phone it still shows my @hotmail.com email and I registetred with @outlook.com email, I made it primary too. Now I am able to download the BBM


So let's hope it all works :D

Same here changing alias from the site did it, even if the change didn't reflect on the Microsoft account in the phone.

I tried it, and it seems like a disaster... It's to buggy, but I understand because this is just the first version. Hope they improve it soon.

They've updated it about 3 times last I was counting before it was released to us. No clue what those updates were for but still


Its not that great of news se x1 had bbc which was a start but not as good as the emulater they showed off before wp leapt off a cliff

That will come, this is just the first version. Better to start with limited functionality first and fix the bugs, then start adding more features.