I have been a Blackberry and BBM user for over 5 years, and have been grateful for the cross-platform usability.
Much to my chagrin, I am currently the only member of my immediate family that still uses a Blackberry device. We are a family that uses the Android and iOS operating systems as well my BB10 devices.
Recently, my wife and daughter went to Poland for a world dance championship and BBM was an integral part of their trip. I did purchase the Europe travel plan for my wife to ensure that there was no roaming charges. To my surprise, with the availability of WiFi she didn’t even use the data or phone (all because of BBM). There are other communication applications out there but none give me everything I need in one spot, like BBM.
I was able to talk, send/receive messages, voice messages, and get pictures and videos all in a secured format. Every day, my kids and I, who were left back home in Canada, had the opportunity to say good night to their mom through voice calls. My daughter also liked sending little video messages to my wife to let her know how much she loved and missed her. Another thing that I do with my daughter is send funny or meaningful Gifs to motivate her before competition. We shared lots of great moments (including voice notes, pictures, and BBMs) that she had experienced so I got be a part of her trip.
This trip happened during the first week of December and I was tasked with getting our house ready for Christmas, which meant getting our tree as well. While I was walking around the tree farm, my wife and I were continuously sending pictures and messages back and forth to select the perfect tree. Remember, all of this was while she was 6 time zones away and the communication was immediate.
Another success that BBM brings to my family, is the ability for my son’s iPod to be a phone through BBM. When my son, who is only 9, is at home or friend’s house, his iPod seconds as a phone. This allows me to send BBMs, pictures/videos/links, etc, and make phone calls to ensure we are in contact.
Without BBM being cross-platform, I would have had very limited access to this amazing opportunity for my daughter and wife. I choose Blackberry and BBM for secured and multidimensional communication with my family.
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