If they haven’t already, statistics show that most of your BlackBerry-wielding friends will soon be dumping their devices in favor of Android or iOS. When that time comes, you’ll be left with an empty BlackBerry Messenger contacts list and no one to talk to. Thankfully, Samsung’s new ChatON service will let you keep in touch, because it’s now available on your BlackBerry.
In its bid to become a true multi-platform messenger, ChatON for BlackBerry has joined the existing ChatON apps for Android, iOS, and bada apps. The service, which launched last August on Samsung’s own Android devices, allows users to send text, images, and videos between each other, regardless of their platform.
The only major platform that ChatON hasn’t yet reached is Microsoft’s Windows Phone. However, Samsung has already promised that a Windows Phone app is part of its plans, though it hasn’t mentioned a release date just yet.
The best thing about ChatON — apart from its cross-platform capabilities — is that, unlike BBM and traditional text messaging, it’s completely free. There’s no charge to download the app, and as long as you have a data connection, you can send and receive as many messages as you like at no extra cost.
While it is positioned as a direct competitor to services like BBM and Apple’s iMessage, ChatON hasn’t quite had the same success yet. The Next Web reports that since it hit Google Play last October, the app has only seen between 500,000 and 1 million downloads. And if that BlackBerry Messenger app for Android that we’ve hearing about does come to fruition, the service will have even bigger competition to contend with.
Will you be using ChatON on your BlackBerry?