BBM 7 beta allows you to make voice calls over BlackBerry Messenger with BBM Voice

BBM 7 beta allows you to make voice calls over BlackBerry Messenger with BBM Voice
A free upgrade to BBM 7 (currently in beta) will allow BlackBerry Messenger users to use a new feature that RIM is calling BBM Voice. With BBM Voice, users can make voice calls to another BBM contact for free. The caveat? Both parties must be using a Wi-Fi connection. Users can switch from a text conversation to a voice call and even use a split screen to text while talking, and an indicator shows which of your BBM contacts is available for a call.

Getting ready for BlackBerry users to switch to BlackBerry 10 on January 30th, the BBM 7 update also integrates with BlackBerry ID which backs up your profile, contacts and groups for an easy installation on a new 'Berry handset including BB10. While on a BBM Voice call, users can use the speakerphone, check email, run apps and respond to other BBM texts.

The BBM 7 update with BBM Voice is in beta and is available for BlackBerry devices running BB 6 OS or higher with eventually support for BB 5 OS. The beta is a free download from the BlackBerry Beta Zone. While this might not stop the mass exodus that has befallen BlackBerry, it is a little peak of how customer friendly BlackBerry 10 might be.

source: RIM via Engadget

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11 Comments

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

They're doing good :) i really wanna see this phone and OS in action

8. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

THIS has another name it's called VIBER CALL

2. GeekMovement unregistered

So excited for Blackberry, Go BB Go!

3. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

this will make a heat of the competition

4. gothicheart

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

I'm a nokia user, and mostly use it for my outdoor activities. And would probably need a blackberry for my work/school. Haven't bought one 'coz I was really waiting and expecting that BB10 would be really a big step forward. If BB really wanted to get back on top of the corporate world, why would they incorporate a feature that was so yesterday. When all the other companies are offering videocall on wifi. Maybe, it's just me to expect too much. Just disappointed... :(

5. digitalw

Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

Here we have a carrier problem. Using WiFI for talks damages carriers. The same problem is with Windows Phone 8 with SKYPE. The only difference is that SKYPE can call landlines if you buy credits.

7. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

i hope bb10 is not DOA

9. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

one question off topic. does BB10 device have front facing camera?

11. cen89

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

Yes, all of them will have one.

12. gothicheart

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

this just reminded me, the playbook did have a front facing camera right, but you can never use it to make other video call aside to someone with another playbook. Hope they dont repeat that, and just allow skype or fring as well

10. Leon101

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Im so exited for this update!! If it catches my attention and they bring out a great phone then imma buy it

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