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Beat the BBM iPhone and Android queue with this handy tip

The BlackBerry Messenger app on your iPhone or Android phone is finally out -- click here for the official link to download the BBM app.

The BBM app for Android and iPhone is out now -- and here's how to jump the queue and start chatting straight away.

You can download BlackBerry Messenger for your iPhone or Android phone, but even when you've installed the app you still have to wait for BlackBerry to plug in your phone or flip the switch or whatever the heck it's got to do to get your BBM working. BlackBerry is working through the millions of people who've signed up with the new apps, leaving many impatient BBMers stuck in the queue.

If you registered in advance you'll have received an email from BlackBerry that allows you to skip to the front of the queue. If so, bully for you. But if you didn't think ahead, there's no reason to stay skulking around the back of the line like a badly-dressed clubgoer relegated to the queue by a clipboard-wielding fancypants. Just follow this cheeky tip to whizz past the other folk waiting in line with a cheery "So long, suckers!"

Open the BBM app, enter your e-mail address and click Next. Then, force-close the app: on an Apple device double-click the home button and swipe the app away; or on Android, enter the multitasking menu and swipe the app away, or go to Settings, Apps, BBM, and Force Close.

Relaunch the app and it should allow you to create an account and start using the app. Bear in mind however that BlackBerry could close this sneaky loophole at any time.

To get chatting with your BlackBerry buds, click here to download BBM for Android, or click here to download BBM for iPhone.

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