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Blackberry announces free voice calls as new BBM feature [pic]
Posted by on Nov 15th, 2012

It’s not often that Blackberry users have something to smile about and the news that an official launch date for the Blackberry 10 was recently set for January 30th 2013 hardly got anyone excited, but yesterday RIM made an announcement that is sure to get their attention. RIM revealed a new version of the BBM messaging service that lets users make free voice calls to their BBM contacts around the world, as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection. BBM Voice will allow users to switch back and forth from a text chat to a voice call.

BBM Voice

This via Crackberry.

“Hot off the announcement of worldwide BlackBerry 10 events in January, RIM has introduced an awesome new version of BBM today. BBM version 7 includes some great updated features including the new BBM Voice. BBM Voice lets you instantly initiate a voice call with BBM friends for free over a Wi-Fii connection. In any BBM conversation, simply tap the call button and you’ll start a voice call – it’s that simple. BBM Voice will add some great depth to BBM, providing you the ability to escalate a chat to a voice call when the situation calls for it. [Crackberry]

I would totally give that a try, but my Blackberry packed up last night and won’t charge.


Matt says:
November 11, 2012 at 8:26 am

Only using wi-fi? This means that BIS isn’t applicable here, and you’d be paying for another data package (whether it’s your home ADSL wifi, or airport wifi, for example). You might as well be using Skype – probably better quality. I’m guessing that both users would need to be using wi-fi. Seems pretty pointless if you ask me.

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