Three days ago, BBM rolled out an update that included the ability for a BBM user to chat with any of his phone book contacts who is already using BBM but isn’t on your BBM Contacts list. Basically, BBM now supports two contacts – BBM Contacts and Address Book contacts.
This development reminds me of WhatsApp’s approach to managing contacts. No invites are needed. if one of your existing contacts is already using BBM, you can just chat away. Such contacts cannot see your BBM display picture or BBM status updates though. You can invite them to become full BBM Contacts. You can block them at any time too.
This feature is supported only on the latest BBM updates. I am aware that both BBM for BB10 and Android have it already. Have you updated your BBM app and used this new feature yet?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.