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BBM on iPhone and Android out on 27 June

The iPhone and Android version of BlackBerry's messaging app will be out within weeks.

BBM, the popular messaging app that until now has been the exclusive preserve of BlackBerry owners, will be available to download for iOS and Android within weeks, a UK network has confirmed.

Update: Bad news folks, BlackBerry has been in touch to say this date isn't accurate, and isn't yet providing a release date for BBM on iOS and Android.

The app, which will be available to stick on phones like the iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S4 for free, will be coming out on 27 June, according to a tweet from T-Mobile.

That's not long to wait. The BBM app will be going up against rival cross-platform messaging services such as WhatsApp and Viber. My colleague Andrew Hoyle has already whipped up a barnstorming comparison of all three services, so you can figure out which one is right for you.

BlackBerry has fallen on hard times, having suffered at the hands of rivals Apple and Samsung. The BBM app won't make any more money for the ailing firm, but could serve as an advert for the company's brand.

Company boss Thorsten Heins called the addition of BBM to Android and iOS "a statement of confidence".

Will you download BBM for your phone? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook wall.