Most BlackBerry users that I’ve known over the years have been loyally devoted to BlackBerry Messengre, or BBM, for their instant messaging needs. However, the incredibly popular instant message app WhatsApp might be changing that for good. It has most of the same features that BBM users have grown to love, like being open at all times to receive messages, having a huge library of emoticons and notifying you when messages have been delivered and read by the recipient. WhatsApp also allows you to send photos, videos, audio messages and share locations, and even has a voice calling feature. One of the problems with BBM is that, even though it allows text messages to be sent to contacts using Android phones or iPhones, the free voice calling is limited to BlackBerry users, which severely limits the number of people you can call in this way.
WhatsApp, on the other hand, is available to download on virtually any device, so you’re never limited in terms of the people you can contact. You can even send unlimited international messages, or use WhatsApp when you’re traveling yourself; this way, you won’t get any roaming charges and you won’t be using up your data allowances. WhatsApp even works in countries where your SIM card makes doing anything else impossible. Maybe that’s why it’s become the world’s most popular messenger app, with more than 800 million users.
If you don’t already have WhatsApp downloaded on your BlackBerry, the good news is that it’s a very quick, simple process and the download is completely free. We’ll walk you through all the steps so that you can start enjoying the freedom of messaging with WhatsApp right away.
Download WhatsApp for BlackBerry
WhatsApp is supported on devices using BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS 4.7 and higher. Basically, you will download WhatsApp the same way you would download any other app to your BlackBerry by first going to BlackBerry World and searching “Apps” for “whatsapp”. Click to see more information and read user reviews, if you want, and then just click “download” to start the free WhatsApp download.
Alternatively, you can go directly to the BlackBerry WhatsApp product page to download by following this link: https://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/2360/
When the download is finished, you can open up the application to set up your account. WhatsApp is linked to your phone number, so there are no usernames or passwords to remember, and you’re always logged in to receive messages. To link to your phone number, WhatsApp will send a SMS text to your phone, which it will detect automatically to create your account; you don’t even have to see the message. Then, as an added convenience, WhatsApp will scan the contact phone numbers in your BlackBerry to see if there are any WhatsApp users there. Any of your contacts who use WhatsApp will automatically be added to your WhatsApp contacts list, which is a big time saver. In general, WhatsApp is very convenient to use with a great interface that’s attractive and user-friendly.
WhatsApp for BlackBerry and PC
Something else you can do after downloading WhatsApp to your Blackberry, is download the PC version of the application so that your WhatsApp messages can be accessed and sent from both devices, with a seamless transition. This requires that you already have WhatsApp installed and set up on your Blackberry, so make sure you do that first. If you want to download the PC version, the place to start is the WhatsApp Web website: https://web.whatsapp.com.
Now you can start enjoying all of the great features of WhatsApp on your BlackBerry, and send unlimited multimedia messages to your friends and family overseas without eating up any of your data. The WhatsApp download is free, and this unlimited service is free for the first year; every year after that is just $0.99 for the same unlimited messaging service and all the special features.