As many of us are well aware now the BlackBerry Messenger is no longer exclusive to the company’s own devices. BBM is cross-platform and available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Recently the company announced that BBM has been downloaded more than 100 million times on Android. No word of its performance on iOS nevertheless today an update has been released which brings the ability to get custom PINs if you’re using the app on an iPhone.

BlackBerry had announced recently that it would allow people to get custom alphanumeric PINs which they can hand out to people they want to add on BBM. This will be a paid subscription which will have to be renewed every month.

There are certain guidelines that must be followed when creating a custom PIN. They have to be 6-8 characters long and can only include numbers and letters. PINs are not case sensitive and do not support special characters. For this privilege BBM users will be required to pay $1.99 per month.

BBM for iPhone users can also pay a small fee monthly to remove all advertisements from the app’s feed. It costs just 99 cents per month to remove all ads from the feed and it will also put a stop to sponsored invites from third parties.

Other features in this latest BBM for iPhone update include the ability to lock BBM with Touch ID or a passcode, delete chats by swiping and share photos directly in group chats. For the first time BBM gets landscape support on the iPhone through this update.

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