BlackBerry may be spinning off messenger service

Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | 2:36 PM ET
CEO Thorsten Heins with the BlackBerry 10 in January.
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CEO Thorsten Heins with the BlackBerry 10 in January.

BlackBerry may finally be breaking up its business.

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The smartphone maker is considering spinning off its messaging service, BlackBerry Messenger, according to a report.

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The subsidiary would be called BBM and would be able to operate more independently, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Such a move helps BlackBerry emphasize the value of the messaging service.

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In a move to take on other messaging mobile apps like WhatsApp—which boasts about 200 million active users—BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said in May that BBM—which has about 60 million users—would be available on non-BlackBerry devices.

"We have announced our plans to offer this trusted mobile messaging service to iPhone and Android users sometime this summer," a BlackBerry spokeswoman said, according the Journal. "We have made no further announcements."

Read the full story on The Wall Street Journal's website.

By CNBC's Cadie Thompson. Follow her on Twitter @CadieThompson.

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