You can keep checking this URL to see if it reappears in NZ
There’s still no more signs of BBM for iPhone or for Android for that matter. It seems that we won’t see either client oozing out until at least next week, according to Andrew Bocking, head of BBM at BlackBerry writing in InsideBlackBerry.com. He’s thrown light on what happened by saying that the unreleased, older version of the BBM for Android app – posted on file sharing sites, “resulted in volumes of data traffic orders of magnitude higher than [expected].” Which would explain why the few lucky one in countries like New Zealand who got their hands on BBM for iPhone and it hasn’t been turned off.
Bocking added that, “We could not block users of the unreleased version if we went ahead with the launch.”
The BBM team is now focused on adjusting the system to completely block this unreleased version of the Android app.
It is also trying to ensure that the system is reinforced to handle this kind of scenario in the future. After all, BBM is one of BlackBerry’s few jewels left and the company doesn’t want it tarnished.
“While this may sound like a simple task – it’s not. This will take some time and I do not anticipate launching this week [September 23rd 2013],” Bocking added.
Now the official advice is to look at the BBM.com and sign yourself up to receive an email when the iPhone and Android clients finally start shipping.
However, the site doesn’t bother to ask if you are interested in the iPhone edition or the Android edition. And it doesn’t ask you location.
We know geography is important because one of the few countries to get the BBM for iPhone app was New Zealand.
So we’ve come up with a splendid new wheeze. Try searching with this string … https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/bbm/id690046600?mt=8.
That was the ID for the genuine thing on the NZ iTunes App Store. In other countries simpley replace the nz with your own country’s two letter designation.
In our case it looks like this … https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bbm/id690046600?mt=8
So when iPhone users get that email saying the BBM app is coming out, they can check if it has actually reached their local App Store store yet.