Been looking forward to porting your BBM addiction to iOS or Android in hopes of finally kicking that Crackberry to the curb? Take a seat — it looks like RIM’s private messaging service isn’t going anywhere. According to a Wall Street Journal source, the firm’s new CEO has shut down rumors of a BlackBerry Messenger port. “It was not up for discussion,” the WSJ was told. According to a person “familiar with the matter,” CEO Thorsten Heins decided that RIM shouldn’t be pursuing licensing deals. Heins’ apparent house cleaning might be a deal breaker for BlackBerry veterans looking to jump ship, requiring users to stick with RIM to maintain their dwindling BBM contact lists. Bummer? Sure is, but at least your pals don’t need a security clearance to ping you.
BBM staying exclusive to BlackBerry, says WSJ source