BBM, iPhone

If you were waiting for BBM for your iPhone this weekend you would have waited a long time as Blackberry put a hold on the launch. 

Andrew Bocking, head of BBM at BlackBerry had this to say about what went wrong:

Last week, an unreleased, older version of the BBM for Android app was posted on numerous file sharing sites. We were aware of an issue with this unreleased version of the BBM for Android app. This older version resulted in volumes of data traffic orders of magnitude higher than normal for each active user and impacted the system in abnormal ways. The version we were planning to release on Saturday addressed these issues, however we could not block users of the unreleased version if we went ahead with the launch.

Blackberry have not given a future date that we could expect the release of BBM for iPhone but we will keep you posted.

Blackberry has been hard hit in the last few years and more recently announced that they would discontinue selling consumer devices and would lay off 4 500 staff. The question still remains whether Blackberry will survive. More recently Blackberry received a takeover bid worth $4,7 Billion but the agreement includes six weeks of due diligence and, in the meantime, BlackBerry is free to look for higher bids, though Fairfax has the right to match those bids.