In only 48hrs Blackberry users running OS 5.0 will finally get to use BBM 5! There is an e-mail circulating around stating that the official release for Blackberry Messenger 5.0 is October 7th. This signals one of the finals steps prior to the official release of OS 5.0 devices.

The e-mail that says it all:

BlackBerry® Messenger 5.0

Launch Date: Global – October 7, 2009

BlackBerry® Messenger is an instant messaging application that
allows BlackBerry Smartphone users to send and receive instant messages
with other BlackBerry Smartphone users.
BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 is the latest release.


  • Enhanced SMS -Allows for a conversational chat-like user
    experience with a single contact list for the most personal
    mobile-to-mobile communications

    • Note: BlackBerry® Device Software 5.0 and later is required for the SMS functionality.
  • Avatars – Users can choose a picture from the BlackBerry
    Smartphone gallery and save it as their personal avatar, which will be
    seen by their contacts. They can also view other avatars in the contact
    list and zoom in on the avatars of contacts participating in a
    conversation by selecting “View participants.”
  • Large Media File Transfer – Users can send/receive large file transfers up to 6 megabytes for pictures, files and audio.
    • Note: BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 is required to receive large media files.
  • Enhanced Group Functionality – Allows for the ability to update, share & communicate with a subset community.
  • Bar-code Identity – A user can add a contact to the
    BlackBerry Messenger contact list by displaying a 2-dimensional bar
    code that invitees can capture with their device cameras.
  • Reliable Contact Backup and Restore – Contacts are backed-up on a server and do not require the need for BlackBerry® Desktop Manager.