WhatsApp for BlackBerry

whatsapp blackberryWant an alternative text messenger for your BlackBerry? Then you should check WhatsApp Messenger.
If you’re a fan of BlackBerry, then the ideal world for you would be one where all the people are using BlackBerry. You can just use BlackBerry Messenger as your SMS alternative. But we are in the real world. People use different brands of phones. You have to use SMS, email, or the good old phone call to communicate with them. This can be rather costly.

This is where WhatsApp comes in. It is a cross-platform app sporting a compatibility with Apple, Android, Symbian, Windows, and Nokia smartphones. If you have it, all you need to do is to tell your contacts to install it in their phones and you’ll be able to send text messages to them. Whatever smartphone they have, they can likely install this app.
The interface of WhatsApp is like a smarter version of the stock SMS function of your phone. Basically, there’s no need for adjustment and even offers improvements over it.

Operating System Requirement
First, if you’d like to try this app, you should know its system requirements. You need to have a BlackBerry OS of 4.6 or greater. For a quick reference, the models that are compatible include the Curve 83XX, 8520, 8900, Bold 9000 and 9700, Pearl 81XX, Tour 9630, and Storm 95XX. The file size is about 300KB.

Lightweight

Compared to other instant messaging apps, this app is more on the light end when it comes to features – pretty much only the basics. But that makes it light on the system as well. Tests put up WhatsApp as the least buggy of its brethren.

Easy to Use
The usability is good on this app. The interface is easy to interact with and the display offers convenience. The message exchanges are threaded like a chat box so you can see the entire conversation with ease. The messages also have indicators. You messages may have up to two checkmarks – one indicates it is received by the server and the other indicates it has been received by the recipient. No one can give you the excuse “I didn’t get your message.”
The Favs feature list allows you to put contacts that you frequently converse with in an easy to access list. This is so that you can quickly go to the contacts whenever you need to message them. It also makes for good organization so you don’t have to browse through a long list of contacts that you don’t usually message anyway.

Unlimited Messaging with No Ads
The messages you can send via WhatsApp is virtually unlimited. It doesn’t post ads as well. But there is an annual subscription fee of $1.99 with a free 30-day trial. But considering what you can save from avoiding SMS fee accumulation, this is a good deal.

Steps to Download and Install
So, you’re interested with the app. How do you put it on your phone? It’s actually pretty simple. Here are the steps.

  • First step is to open your default BlackBerry browser. This is essential. You’ll know why later.
  • Go to the app’s official website: www.whatsapp.com.
  • You’ll see the homepage and the descriptions. There will also be the logo of the different smartphone platforms. Since you’re using a BlackBerry, you should be familiar with its logo. Click that.
  • You will be brought to the download page for the BlackBerry version of the app. This page would not be functional unless you are using a default BlackBerry browser.
  • You will then download the latest version of the app. It will be installed automatically. All you need to do is to wait.
  • Once done, open the application and follow the prompts for setting