Not all of your friends, family, and acquaintances can be as hip as you and use BlackBerry Messenger. That’s why if you want an easy way to stay in touch with those on an iPhone, Android, or Windows Mobile phone you’re likely to turn to the use of a cross-platform messaging app. In this roundup we show you our top 6 picks for cross-platform messengers available to download on your BlackBerry. Check out the video below for the complete walk-through and further information on each app below that.

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LiveProfile

LiveProfile offers a cheaper, faster and more reliable alternative to text messaging allowing users to communicate with lightning-fast message delivery and confidence, indicating when messages are delivered, read, and even when the recipient is typing a response, making it feel closer to a live conversation. And, where text messaging charges can quickly rack up, LiveProfile is free—even for international use—making it easier on the wallet, too.

PingChat!

PingChat! is the ultimate way to communicate with all of your friends, on all major smartphone platforms. PingChat! provides free, unlimited, cross-platform, smartphone-to-smartphone messaging, with real-time conversations, group chat, media sharing, and much more. Simply create a Ping! ID, share your ID with all your friends, and start Pinging!

WhatsApp

WhatsApp is a cross-platform smartphone messenger available for BlackBerry® and 3 other major handsets. WhatsApp Messenger utilizes your existing internet data plan to help you stay in touch with friends, colleagues and family.

Cnectd

Cnectd is a mobile messaging & social networking application that lets you chat across BlackBerry® and other smart phones. Cnectd allows you to send text messages, pictures and your location to any of your contacts for free. The group chat allows you to stay in contact easily with everybody seamlessly. The push notification messages ensure you’ll never miss a message even when you’re not in the application.

eBuddy XMS

eBuddy XMS is free! It uses your Internet connection, which means you can easily share unlimited messages with your XMS contacts. Whether it’s your neighbor or a friend at the other side of the world. You can XMS all you want. Use the 100+ emoticons to express yourself in any way you want.

Kik Messenger

Kik Messenger tells you when a message has been sent, delivered, read, and even when someone is typing back, turning regular texting into a real-time chat. Once you try it, you’ll never want to go back!

These were our top 6 cross-platform messaging apps available for BlackBerry. Let us know how you think they compare to BBM. Sound off in the comments with which messenger app is your top choice and why.