BlackBerry announced this morning that its BlackBerry Messenger app for iPhone will be available later today, but you’ll have to wait in line before you can use it.
After a disastrous attempted launch last month, the company says it has fixed all the server issues caused by a leaked BBM APK for Android, but to ease into the cross-platform launch it is implementing a waiting system where iPhone users download the app, enter their email address, and then wait for an email notification that you can finally use BBM.
Users who signed up for BBM before the launch will be able to use BBM immediately without having to go through the annoying wait period. BlackBerry hasn’t said how fast it will activate new sign-ups, but if it’s anything like the launch of Mailbox, it could be awhile before all your friends are on it with you.
Despite declining handset sales, there has been a ton of interest in BBM for Android and iOS since it was announced in May. The company says more than six million people signed up for more BBM info on its website.
A direct link for the BBM app was not provided in BlackBerry’s press release, but the company says users should be able to get the app later today by visiting BBM.com on their iOS device. Blackberry is also making the app available for Android today as well, though Google Play and a select number of Samsung app stores.
Update: BBM for iOS is now available in the App Store