RIM shoots down BlackBerry Messenger on iOS rumors

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Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) has publicly denied reports that it plans to extend its signature BlackBerry Messenger application to devices running Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS. Rumors indicated that RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie told attendees at a Toronto area social media conference Tuesday that the company planned to unveil an iOS-optimized BBM service on April 26. Here's the catch: "RIM did not hold a conference in Toronto this week, and Jim Balsillie did not speak at any event in Toronto this week," a RIM spokesperson tells BGR.com.

Prior to the latest round of rumors, BGR.com reported that RIM is developing a BBM solution tailored for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android mobile operating system, with iOS under consideration as well. Citing "multiple trusted sources," the report stated that RIM has not yet finalized its launch schedule or pricing plans, although the device maker is debating whether to make BlackBerry Messenger available free to Android and iOS users--the company is also mulling a one-time premium download fee or even a recurring subscription charge for access.

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