Just over a year after launching the service, BlackBerry has decided to discontinue BBM Meetings.
If you recall, this is one of BlackBerryCentral's favourite product offerings from the company - and it comes as pure dissapointment in terms of it closing down. Of course, this move is all part of cutting costs and reducing staff wherever possible.
Check out the official support document here:
Effective February 10th 2016, the BBM Meetings service will be discontinued. For customers using the service, and who wish to continue to use a mobile-first web conferencing solution, BlackBerry is pleased to facilitate a direct relationship with our preferred partner and vendor, Zoom Communications. We believe a direct connection with Zoom Communications will provide you with a comparable web conferencing solution that is both efficient and cost-effective. Customers have the option to convert to the Zoom web conferencing solution – or a vendor of their choosing – over a 10 week transition period.
Transitioning to Zoom from BBM Meetings Option:
Customers who opt to switch to the Zoom Pro plan will receive an upgraded experience:
- For meetings they can host for up to 50 participants,
- With high quality video and audio conferencing,
- With screen sharing capabilities,
- With the use of Video Breakout Rooms.
Until December 31st, 2015, customers signing up with Zoom will receive a highly competitive offer of a 10% reduction off the lifetime of the account – equating to costs of $135 USD per host per year.
This offer is available at zoom.us.buy using the coupon code blackberry-zoom on the payment page. Terms and conditions apply, and are detailed on the site.
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