A few months ago, I switched my blackberry off for the last time, and bought an iphone. This was a huge deal, I wasn’t going to be able to bbm my family and friend anymore. I know we could use sms, but that just seems too complicated and really not technical enough I guess.
Before I switched I did some research, others must have this problem so there has to be a solution! There is, and it’s easy. It’s called WhatsApp. Problem solved!
So now that I have my office and a good portion of my family over to iphones everyone is just used to using whatsapp and using bbm much less.
It had me thinking, why isn’t RIM porting bbm to run on iphone and android, these apps are slowly taking over something that makes RIM still relevant to it’s user base.
Do they want to keep it exclusive? Maybe, but what point does that prove, more and more people are still going to switch.
ok, so if you make it work on an iphone, are you going to make it easier for people to move? Well no, because if they don’t use bbm they will use whats app.
Apple and Samsung are selling alot of phones, and alot of these people are previous Blackberry users.
I found this article about how Whatsapp is now moving 1 billion messages a day.
Has RIM missed the boat again?
I am starting to wonder how long it will take before bbm users just quit using bbm because whats app just works better, and making RIM just that much more irrelevant to both the consumer and business minded customer.
WhatsApp can be found in your devices appstore or at http://www.whatsapp.com/download/