You can chat with folks in other countries free of charge. International texting is expensive.
You can see if your message was read yet or not, unlimited characters I'm pretty sure, you can set a status and picture.
You get a message delivered and received receipt. No one can ever tell you.."oh I never got your text"
The pin for everyone is random and tied to the phone and not the user. To text with people they have to have your number which they can get other info from. Your pin number is tied to only the phone and what info you choose to use.. D=delivered R=Read.
Not all phones come with IM client by default and or people uses different email/preferred clients. Whereas if you have BB, you have BBM!
I think the question is how much money is BBRY losing every quarter by running free servers for no apparent reason, except nostalgia for an obsolete messaging service.
"KakaoTalk (with more than 100 million users), LINE (more than 200 million users), and WeChat (more than 400 million downloads, with 236 million active users) are beating Blackberry Messenger by far in both numbers and revenue (since BBM doesn’t generate revenue, per se). The younger generation, who prefer features such as cute emoticons and social games, has deemed the BBM obsolete. It’s also prone to delayed messages and sometimes even undelivered messages. Furthermore, it won’t come with voice or video messages at launch. ... WhatsApp, with its similar interface and function as a simple and fast messaging which preferred by enterprise, corporate, or mature users. The app, with 250 million users worldwide..."
BBM is wonderful. I never thought I'd care about it when I got my Z10. My first Blackberry phone. But I use it all the time now. My kids have Z10's too, and they live out of town. We use the audio and video frequently. Don't need skype. Sound and video quality are excellent. No LD fees. Perfect. And it's secure.