Mobile recyclers may find greater social opportunities with BlackBerry

28 September 2010 — 6:34 PM

BlackBerry Messenger allows users of the brand's phones to stay in touch

Mobile customers could recycle their used phone and switch to a BlackBerry in order to take advantage of greater social networking technology.

Research In Motion (RIM) has announced developers have been given the tools to create technology that allows people to use BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) as a social platform.

Industry experts will be able to develop apps that include various parts of BBM.

"BBM is a very popular service with over 28 million users and opening its real-time social connectivity to third party applications presents incredible opportunities," says Alan Brenner, senior vice-president of BlackBerry Platform at RIM.

Some of the features that new apps could incorporate are the contact list found on BBM, individual user profiles and app-specific communities.

Among the most popular BlackBerry models that some people may wish to recycle their used phone in favour of are the Curve 3G, BlackBerry 6 and Bold 9700, which was released in Japan recently.

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