Android users who have always envied the blue bubbles of iMessage can now experience them with a new app called Beeper Mini. The app, which is available on Google Play, allows Android users to send and receive iMessages directly from Apple servers, without the need for a Mac relay or a jailbroken iPhone.
Beeper Mini is a messaging app that connects to Apple’s iMessage service and lets Android users chat with their iPhone friends using the same blue bubbles. The app claims to offer end-to-end encryption, group chats, reactions, and attachments. It also supports SMS and MMS messages, so users can have all their conversations in one place.
Beeper Mini works by using a special SIM card that connects to Apple servers and authenticates the user’s phone number. The SIM card is provided by Beeper, the company behind the app, for a one-time fee of $49. Users need to insert the SIM card into their Android phone and activate it with the Beeper app. Then, they can use Beeper Mini as their default messaging app and enjoy the blue bubbles.
What are the benefits and drawbacks of Beeper Mini?
Beeper Mini offers some advantages for Android users who want to use iMessage. For example:
- Users can communicate with their iPhone contacts without any compatibility issues or quality loss.
- Users can access iMessage features such as stickers, effects, and Tapback responses.
- Users can sync their messages across multiple devices, including their Mac or iPad, if they have one.
However, Beeper Mini also has some limitations and risks. For instance:
- Users need to pay $49 for the SIM card, which is not refundable or transferable.
- Users need to trust Beeper with their iMessage credentials and data, which may pose a security or privacy threat.
- Users may face legal or technical issues if Apple decides to block or sue Beeper for violating its terms of service or infringing its patents.
How to get Beeper Mini and set it up?
To get Beeper Mini, users need to follow these steps:
- Download the Beeper app from Google Play and create an account.
- Order the SIM card from Beeper’s website and wait for it to arrive.
- Insert the SIM card into the Android phone and activate it with the Beeper app.
- Download the Beeper Mini app from Google Play and sign in with the same account.
- Set Beeper Mini as the default messaging app and start using iMessage.
Beeper Mini is currently in beta and has limited availability. Users can join the waitlist on Beeper’s website and get notified when the app is ready for them.