This article looks at how FlexiSPY and MSpy each spy on BBM messages taking place on your target phone. We discuss why capturing shared media from IM communications is important, and how much of this type of “rich content” is captured by each product. To understand our testing methods, click here.
Blackberry Messenger (BBM) offers 10 basic methods of communication – far more than text alone. Shared content makes these conversations livelier and it conveys more emotional response and subtle meaning than text alone ever could. Text is often woven around pictures and other media as the actual topic of conversation, voice recordings are used in place of words for more personal messaging, and stickers or emoticons express a full range of emotional response. If you’re spying on BBM but can’t see the rich multimedia and other content being shared, you’re missing some of the most important parts of these conversations.
MSpy does not capture any BBM chat, even basic text. It is simply not offered. This is compared to 7 out of 10 types of BBM chat data successfully captured by FlexiSPY. This includes all text, photos, audio messages and more.
MSpy only claims to capture WhatsApp, Skype, iMessage, Social Network (Facebook) and Viber. We look at these in other articles from this series.
Is shared content really important?
BBM chat can be used with a variety of chat elements such as emoticons, shared pictures and other media that convey meaning without any words at all. IM conversations often drift over a period of time with minimal text but still express a world of desire and emotion in shared stickers, photos or even voice recorded messages. This type of content is now a regular part of how most people chat with BBM and other IM services.
If a picture is sent by a contact and your target replies “I can’t wait to have that!” then without seeing the picture you won’t know if your target was dreaming of a relaxing vacation…
or making a flirtatious gesture to something far more sensual. Or if they send a voice recorded message that says “I love you,” you’ll never know what was said or being planned unless your spy software can also monitor these parts of the conversations also.
IMs like BBM allow users to send a variety of rich content and shared media such as stickers, emoticons, voice messages, pictures, video clips, personal location data and more. That’s why in the search for the best spyphone, it’s important that a cell phone monitoring app like FlexiSPY captures more than text alone.
Here are the 10 basic pieces of chat information you can send via BBM:
• Contact Name
• Contact Picture
• Shared Contacts
• Attachments (can be pics or etc)
• Camera Pictures
• Voice Recordings
• Location (meet me here!)
• Dropbox file links
We used this information as sample data for testing both FlexiSPY and its competitors. In the screenshot Fig. 2 you can see a conversation with some of these BBM chat elements as displayed on the target phone itself.
How does FlexiSPY capture BBM?
The FlexiSPY dashboard captured most of the chat and media elements that were shared in our conversations. The logs are also displayed in the comfortable and readable style of alternating contacts on each side of the screen, the same way BBM is displayed on the target phone itself.
MSpy doesn’t offer BBM monitoring, so it does not capture any part of BBM. FlexiSPY however captured 7 of 10 possible BBM chat and media types. This included all text based conversation, contact name and profile picture, shared photos and audio messages.
Scoring 7 out of 10, FlexiSPY has proven to capture more BBM chat data than any competing mobile monitoring app – including MSpy.
FlexiSPY vs MSpy – Who Captures More Blackberry Messenger?
Because MSpy does not offer BBM monitoring, you won’t capture any BBM chat logs at all with MSpy – basic text or otherwise. If your target uses Blackberry Messenger, you won’t get results with MSpy as it is a non-competitor in this area.
While FlexiSPY missed Dropbox links and shared locations, it did capture just about everything else, including all shared media. FlexiSPY also clearly identified each of the contacts your target is communicating with, including name and profile pictures, and displayed this information in an easy to follow manner (See Fig. 3). There’s clearly more to track and follow across all smartphone communications with FlexiSPY. If you want the most from your BBM monitoring, FlexiSPY is the only reliable choice.
FlexiSPY also captures other popular IM services which are summarized in the table below and in the blog article here. These are compared in other articles from this series.