BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 Releasing October 7th


Do you know what would go nicely with a new BlackBerry 9700? Probably not, so I’ll tell you: it’s the new BlackBerry Messenger 5.0! BlackBerry Messenger (a.k.a “BBM”) 5.0 is expected to release October 7th. The guys over at CrackBerry recieved an email today from one of their tipsters giving a nice overview and expected release date for the new version.  I’m sure this will make a large amount of you BlackBerry owners (including myself) very happy.

Here are some of the new features that are equipped with the new 5.0 version:

BlackBerry® Messenger 5.0

Launch Date: Global – October 7, 2009

BlackBerry® Messenger is an instant messaging application that allows BlackBerry Smartphone users to send and receive instant messages with other BlackBerry Smartphone users.

Reliable Contact Backup and Restore – Contacts are backed-up on a server and do not require the need for BlackBerry® Desktop Manager.

BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 is the latest release.


  • Enhanced SMS -Allows for a conversational chat-like user experience with a single contact list for the most personal mobile-to-mobile communications
    • Note: BlackBerry® Device Software 5.0 and later is required for the SMS functionality.
  • Avatars – Users can choose a picture from the BlackBerry Smartphone gallery and save it as their personal avatar, which will be seen by their contacts. They can also view other avatars in the contact list and zoom in on the avatars of contacts participating in a conversation by selecting “View participants.”
  • Large Media File Transfer – Users can send/receive large file transfers up to 6 megabytes for pictures, files and audio.
    • Note: BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 is required to receive large media files.
  • Enhanced Group Functionality – Allows for the ability to update, share & communicate with a subset community.

  • Bar-code Identity – A user can add a contact to the BlackBerry Messenger contact list by displaying a 2-dimensional bar code that invitees can capture with their device cameras.
  • Hopefully (fingers-crossed) the new version will be available to users with old BlackBerry devices as well. Wait…that’s only two days away! Sound off in the comments!


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    • Pedro

      Urgh, I want a Blackberry so bad but Android is so cool as well.

    • David


    • Andrew


    • JDean86

      unless you’re a heavy business corporate user a bb is useless for what it’s intended for. Nobody I know has a bb(my network is quite large too) and I haven’t had one since the pearl first came out.

      I admit the new one coming to Tmo looks great but features like this would be dead for me. Pointless. Integrate aim/msn/twitter into bbm and it would be more interesting.

    • bigs12

      I have the BB 8320 and use the 5.0 now its tight work, I use the 4.5 os so I don’t have full functionality yet, but what I got is nice…its hard to leave the BB but I want and android phone. I might get the Cliq. I played with it for a couple of min today but I have a 2hr training later this month on the phone so that will be the true test. If not the 9700 will be mine especial with the flash coming. The only thing the BB is missing is the touch screen, but when the (BB magnum) comes out and T-mobile can get that phone and subsidize it…WATCH OUT AT&T

    • As long as I can get more stuff of my 8520- Im cool. Glad Im back on my BB. I do believe I am over the android plat.

    • Cracker

      BB Messenger is the most functional, best integrated mobile messenger hands down!

    • JC

      I have the 8900 how can I get my hands on the bb msger

    • Matt

      I had BBM5 on my 8900 the other day. It didn’t give me threaded SMS by just having the updated BBM.

      “Note: BlackBerry® Device Software 5.0 and later is required for the SMS functionality. ”

      That’s the caveat, right there. You need OS5.0 to have threaded SMS. Makes me wonder if then OS5 is coming October 7th, too.

    • jburch88

      hahaha i already have this on my 8900

    • jofeab

      OK, so its Oct 7th, where is this new software???

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    • Kickstar13
    • Is this new BBM 5.0 run in BB Curve 8320 device? or there are compatibility issue?

    • By the time this comes out, 4G will be out.