BBM Splat Coins? Thorsten Heins Discusses E-Commerce Using BlackBerry Messenger
Thought BlackBerry Messenger was only going to remain a kickass messaging tool? Think again. According to Research In Motion’s CEO, Thorsten Heins, BBM will have many more capabilities, as he said to “think about transacting money.”
Heins discussed how he wanted to continue enhancing BBM to make it “a very strong platform not just for communication, but also to make it a strong platform for [e-commerce].”
“Think about transacting money. This is one element in which you could have a huge BBM population in Indonesia transferring money from one partner to another,” he said. Heins added that the heavy usage of BBM by BlackBerry smartphone owners in Indonesia made the country “so important” as an “innovation ground for BBM.”
When BBM releases on BlackBerry 10 it will have “enhanced communication activities” beyond “just texting”, said Heins. What could tying in e-commerce with BBM mean for the retail world? Perhaps users can transfer ‘splat coins’ to one another? Or, use BBM to pay for items at supporting retail locations?
Source: Jakarta Post