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Research in Motion sets its sights on Skype with BBM Voice

Blackberry Messenger pals can now call each other for free
Wed Nov 14 2012, 10:39
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BLACKBERRY MESSENGER chums can now call each other for free over a WiFi connection, Research in Motion (RIM) announced on Wednesday.

Looking to take on services like Viber and Skype, RIM launched Blackberry Messenger 7 today, an update to Blackberry Messenger that has the ability to make calls over a WiFi connection. The launch of Blackberry Messenger Voice means that those who still use a Blackberry can call their pals abroad for free, as long as they are also carrying a Blackberry.

According to RIM, Blackberry Messenger Voice brings with it a split-screen mode, which means users can talk and type at the same time, although we can't really see the point of this. Users can also make calls while using other applications, or choose to ignore a call by texting back.

"BBM is the quick, easy way to stay connected to the people that matter to you, and with today's announcement we're expanding the capabilities of the service for deeper social engagement and even greater collaboration, beginning with voice functionality," said T.A. McCann, VP of BBM and Social Communities at RIM.

"The new BBM Voice feature is for when you're travelling and you want to call home without worrying about phone charges. It's for when you have news you can't wait to share, for quickly explaining complicated details, and collaborating with colleagues. Whenever your ideas are too big for text, there's BBM Voice."

Blackberry Messenger 7 is available now in beta, and is available for Blackberry phones running Blackberry 6 OS or higher. µ


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