BBM for iOS, Android NOT out on 27 June, BlackBerry says

The date provided by UK network T-Mobile was "not accurate", the company says.

Recalibrate your excitement levels, folks -- BlackBerry says the release date given for its long-awaited version of BBM for iOS and Android is wrong.

Yesterday UK operator T-Mobile tweeted that the app would be coming out in just a few weeks' time, on 27 June. In a statement, however, BlackBerry has said that date was dodgy.

"While there have been reports that BBM will be available to iOS and Android on June 27th, this is not accurate," the Z10 -maker said. "We will communicate an update as soon as we have an availability date to share."

I asked BlackBerry whether it could provide an estimate, but it didn't give any more specific information. BlackBerry has previously said the app will be out in the summer however, so it can't be too far off.

In an apologetic tweet, T-Mobile said, "sorry folks, we got over-excited about the BBM app coming to Android/iOS. No specific availability date yet."

The app, which is going to be free, will let you chat across platforms to your pals who also use BBM. The service will compete with popular messaging apps like WhatsApp and Viber .

BBM has traditionally been one of BlackBerry's killer features. It'll be interesting to see whether shoppers are still interested in the firm's phones when the app is available elsewhere. 

Are you eagerly awaiting BBM on your iPhone or Android device? Or do you already use a different instant messaging app? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook wall.

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