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BBM app for Android can be downloaded, but doesn't work

BBM app for Android and iPhone has leaked ahead of the as-yet-unnamed release date, but you can't use it.

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BBM for Android and iPhone is out -- but it doesn't work. The BlackBerry Messenger app for your Android phone has leaked ahead of the as-yet-unnamed release date, but you can't use it.

Thanks to the BlackBerry addicts at CrackBerry, you can download what appears to be the official BBM app and install it on your Android phone before it reaches either Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Sadly though the app is locked to the select few in the beta programme, and unless you're on a whitelist of approved users the app just won't work.

The new BBM app lets you send and receive instant text messages to and from other BBMers, even if you no longer own a BlackBerry. BlackBerry wants to remind former BB fans who have since switched to the iPhone and more affordable Android phones, replacing BBM with chat apps like WhatsApp or Samsung ChatOn that send and receive messages to anyone regardless of what phone they have.

A note of caution: be careful before installing any app claiming to be BBM. Ne'er-do-wells have attacked impatient BBMers with fake BBM apps packed with ads, spam or worse.

The new app will have instant messaging and group chat from the start, with voice calls to follow later. 

Will you come back to BBM or have you switched to another service? What's the best app for chatting? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or chat away on our Facebook page.