There was a time when Blackberry mobiles used to be the most popular smartphone. Top corporates used to carry Blackberry devices with them and cool. Soon after the word spread and lot of people started using these phones. One of the main reason of popularity of Blackberry mobiles was its native messenger app (famously known as blackberry messenger). If you are having a blackberry mobile, then I need not to tell you about importance of instant messaging. However thing have changed. Blackberry messenger is not the only IM app available, infact it is one of the least popular apps now. The main apps which have captured the instant messaging space are Whatsapp, WeChat etc.. And the new app called “Telegram messenger“.
Telegram offers much more features than any other instant messaging app, be it Whatsapp or BBM.
- Telegram is an open source. They have released API support which means that developers can go ahead and make apps for any device.
- Telegram is faster and more secure – It is blazing fast and messages are delivered as soon as you click the send button
- Option for secret chat – You can do a secret chat with people who are online. You can set a time limit after which the messages will automatically get deleted. Learn more about doing secret chat on Telegram messenger.
- Send big files – You can send just any file be it a pictures or a videos or a document or a zip file. You can send just any file of any size. Learn more about sharing files in Telegram app.
- Group chat with more than 200 people – Group chat was the reason Whatsapp became so popular. However you will be amazed to know that Telegram offers a better experience if we talk about Group Chat. Here’s a one to one comparison between Telegram and Whatsapp (you will be surprised to know the differences).
So does Telegram really have app for Blackberry ?
A lot of people have emailed to us, asking how can they download and use “Telegram for Blackberry mobiles“. No, telegram does not have any official application for blackberry devices. However that said, since Telegram app is open source developers can go ahead and build clients for different platforms including Blackberry. We will keep you updated as and when a compatible app for Blackberry devices comes up.
Unoffocial Telegram Blackberry App (Bar File)
I have been closely following the Crackberry forums (where all the blackberry boys hangout and discuss). There have been many threads and discussion, however most of them are focused on cribbing about BBM messenger (like what BBM should have done which Telegram is doing – in terms of providing features and gaining popularity). I don’t know why but some people in this forum are too reluctant to try anything new. Some just want to stick to Blackberry messenger while a few others want to try Telegram app.
Cutting the story short, one guy has provided a possible solution to make the Telegram app work on blackberry mobiles. What he has done is provided a link to APK to BAR file. So he has gone converted the Telegram APK file to BAR file using a software. So, yes you can download this BAR file and use Telegram on blackberry phones. Below are the links for the same.
- Please note that I have not used it personally, so don’t know if this works or not. So try at your own risk!
- Update us in the comment if you are successful.
- Get the apk and convert with www.apps.goodereader.com/apk-2-bar
- Download APK here
- Download the bar file
Another Unofficial Telegram Blackberry Application
One more developer has gone forward and made an unofficial application. Telegram for Blackberry (unofficial) is a port of the official Android Telegram sources (telegram.org) to the BlackBerry Platform. There are some issues, however people behind the app are still working.
Blackberry OS 10.2.1 & above
In this OS you can actually install android applications in your blackberry mobiles itself. This feature is available courtesy of a new Android runtime included in the platform, opening the door to a great deal of new applications for all BlackBerry 10 users out there. Recently blackberry officially rolled out OS 10.2.1 update to owners of Z10, Z30, Q10, Q5.
- Download APK here
Another method – How to use Telegram on Blackberry ?
Don’t get sad, as there is another method by which you you can use Telegram on your blackberry phone. How, lets find out.
Some days back, I posted about “Webogram” and how you can use Telegram app online using your browser. Well that holds true for mobiles as well.
You can use Telegram online client in your Blackberry browser.
- Open this link for Webogram
On the screen click “Start messaging“.
They will ask to enter your phone number. Enter your number with country code.
Click next and they will send a code to your phone.
They will check the code and open up the app on your browser. Start chatting.
For features about this online telegram app, please read this article. If you face any difficulty using the webogram on blackberry mobile, then please let us know in the comment section. I will try to help you out.
Request for official app
I request blackberry developers to go ahead, use Telegram API support and make an app for Blackberry mobiles. If you are requesting the same, then post your comments. Actually I was thinking if we could gather a substantial number and show our interest, then who knows Telegram may come with the Blackberry app very soon. I have seen this happening before, so past could repeat itself.
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