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

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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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