BlackBerry messenger service boasts 60 million users, and it may be one of the best things the smartphone maker still has going for it. A recent tweet suggested that on June 27, BBM service will become available on both Apple's iOS and Google's Android as a free app. But whether the report was the result of an over-eager tweeter or more mismanagement by the company, fans have been once again disappointed, prompting the question of whether BlackBerry can regain control of its own fate.

In the following video, contributor Doug Ehrman discusses the original story and how it may affect the future of the once-dominant smartphone maker.

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Ric Ellens

At first I thought this person didn't have a clue about the subject but I was wrong He 100% did not know what he was talking about my god the shorts must be thinking of the SQUEEZE !

June 16 2013 at 9:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This guy isn't very smart. His article and "news report" remind me of American Idol auditions when these delusional people they can sing when they are actually mentally challenged. This guy is the journalism/investment analyst equivalent of that. His family must be horribly embarrassed. Guy, do your family a solid and step out of the public eye and back into some shadows.

The leak he is referring to didn't even come from Blackberry and so they bare no responsibility for it. Nor is the "leak" relevant to anyone other than bear raiders like this guy and BB fan boys. Who gives a **** about an app release date deadline? Blackberry already said it was coming this summer and so give or take a week or two, what the help does it matter? This is clearly just an excuse for this hack to create a slanderous headline that will appear in a Google search.

This is journalism at the primary school level.

June 16 2013 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i feel sorry for anyone taking financial advice from this site:

June 16 2013 at 9:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i'm confused as to how blackberry is failing? i'm bought in on blackberry for the long, they're making money, they introduced two new phones this year, only one was released in q1 and that sold 5 million. they're on track for 15 million sold by the end of the year. they have no debt, and are a profitable company. this article is full on silly.

June 16 2013 at 9:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Cover story for another bear raid? SEC's gonna getcha!

June 16 2013 at 7:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply