BlackBerry rolls out BBM to Android, iPhone users


TORONTO, Oct 21 (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd said onMonday it has begun to roll out its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM)service to users of Android and iPhone devices.

The long-awaited cross-platform offering, which was delayedafter issues arose following the initial launch last month, isnow being rolled out in a phased manner.

"To help manage this unprecedented pent-up demand for BBM,we are implementing a simple line-up system to ensure a smoothrollout," Andrew Bocking, who heads the BlackBerry's BBMbusiness, said in a blog post on the company's website.

BlackBerry said last week that 6 million Android and iPhonecustomers had pre-registered for the launch.

The company said those that had already signed up for theservice at are being allowed to use the platform rightaway, while others will be signed on as fast as possible.

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