Transport selection for BlackBerry smartphone Social Networking and Instant Messaging applications

Article ID: KB25618

Type: Support Content

Last Modified: 07-23-2013

 

Product(s) Affected:

  • AOL Instant Messenger for BlackBerry smartphones
  • BlackBerry Messenger for BlackBerry OS 7 and earlier
  • Facebook for BlackBerry OS 7 and earlier
  • Google Talk for BlackBerry smartphones
  • Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones
  • Windows Live Messenger for BlackBerry smartphones
  • Yahoo! Messenger for BlackBerry smartphones
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  • Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones
  • Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones
  • AOL Instant Messenger for BlackBerry smartphones
  • BlackBerry Messenger for BlackBerry smartphones
  • Google Talk for BlackBerry smartphones
  • Windows Live Messenger for Blackberry smartphones
  • Yahoo! Messenger for BlackBerry smartphones
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The following content provides an understanding of how social networking applications use different transport when a BlackBerry smartphone user tries to access the application.

Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones:

  • Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones does not utilize Carrier APN (Access Point Name) transport.
  • All Facebook connectivity traffic is routed through either the BlackBerry Internet Service or BlackBerry Enterprise Server Service based on availability of the required service books.
  • Direct Wi-Fi support allows users to stay fully connected on Facebook when in Wi-Fi only coverage.

Note: A browsing data plan is required to receive push notifications on Wi-Fi.

Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones:

  • Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones can login and authenticate using a Wi-Fi connection, BlackBerry Internet Service, BlackBerry Mobile Data Service on a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, or using carrier APN. The login attempt will follow this order when searching for a connection.
  • The preferred best cost route that Twitter for BlackBerry smartphone follows is Wi-Fi connection, BlackBerry Internet Service /  Mobile Data Service on a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, and carrier APN network last.

Instant Messaging applications for BlackBerry smartphones

AOL Instant Messenger, BlackBerry Messenger, Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger, used the following two methods of communication.

  • BlackBerry Infrastructure over Wi-Fi access
  • Cellular access to BlackBerry Infrastructure

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