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BlackBerry Messenger (Finally) Lands on Android and iOS

BlackBerry MessengerWith its first effort to make BlackBerry Messenger available to users of Android and iPhone foiled by technical issues, BlackBerry is taking another run at making the service cross-platform. On Monday afternoon, the company said BBM will soon be available on the world’s leading mobile platforms. But folks who want it may have to wait a bit. To avoid any further cock-ups, BlackBerry is managing the service’s rollout with a registration queue. In order to use the service, you must first download the app and reserve a spot in line by registering with an email address. When you reach the head of the queue, BlackBerry will activate your account and send you a notification. According to BlackBerry, six million people have signed up for information about the launch since September. “If you didn’t sign up in advance, don’t worry — we are focused on moving millions of customers through the line as fast as possible,” the company said in a blog post.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.