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Update: Beeper Mini experiences partial outage, potentially due to Apple intervention

Beeper has provided an update on both the Beeper Cloud and Beeper Mini apps. Beeper Cloud is partially working, but only for Apple ID logins and not using your phone number. Beeper Mini is still down, and the company has had to deregister all phone numbers from iMessage that were registered via their workaround. The company does say there is a fix coming soon for both. Furthermore, the free trial period for the Beeper Mini application is being extended to an additional week, which will reset when the fix is released.

Beeper Mini, the Android app that promised iMessage functionality with a unique security approach, suddenly stopped working for many users earlier today. In less than a week after its public launch, the app’s seemingly seamless integration with the Apple ecosystem appears to be short-lived. Many reports across Reddit and other platforms confirm that Beeper Mini is currently unable to send or receive messages for many users. Some also report that Apple ID sign-in is currently not working if the app is re-installed or activated on a new device. Attempting to use the app to send messages brings back an error message saying “failed to lookup on server; lookup request timed out.”

The reason for the outage was initially unclear. However, in a statement to TechCrunch, Beeper CEO Eric Migicovsky provided more details and confirmed that there is a possibility that Apple found a way to cut off the app’s ability to work via the methods it had been using.

Upon its launch, Beeper Mini’s innovative approach stood out from other iMessage-on-Android solutions. However, the app’s sudden outage has cast doubt on its future. For now, the Beeper team has provided an update on Twitter and via a reply on Reddit stating that the issue is on their side and that they are currently working on it.

Beeper Mini’s outage highlights the challenges inherent in bringing iMessage to Android. Apple’s closed ecosystem and proprietary protocols make it difficult for third-party developers to establish a stable and secure connection. With the holidays approaching, users who rely on both Android and iOS devices will be watching closely to see if Beeper Mini can overcome this obstacle and restore its functionality.

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