Viber brings free calls to BlackBerry OS 5 and OS 7

Viber is on a quest to become a truly cross platform VoIP service with free call support on everything from Android, iOS and Windows Phone to now even older platforms like BlackBerry OS 5 and OS 7. 

Viber has just announced that it has launched a beta of its apps for BB5 and BB7 supporting free calls over both Wi-Fi and 3G. Interestingly, BlackBerry OS 6 is not supported because of technical limitations.

BlackBerry Messenger or BBM was also recently overhauled with free voice call support on OS 5 but unlike Viber it only works on BlackBerry devices.

Viber is an Israeli startup that launched back in December 2010 and it is different in that it always runs in the background so you don’t need to have to explicitly open an app to say receive calls. In the two and a half years since it launched, Viber has grown to have 175 million users across the globe.

If you are wondering why BlackBerry OS 5 and 7, it is because the BlackBerry platform is Viber’s third-largest one after Android and iOS. The app is getting 15 000 new registrations on BlackBerry everyday.

via The Next Web



1. intos

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

finally !

2. Yaldo_27

Posts: 28; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

How about os 6 ?

3. g2a5b0e unregistered

You clearly didn't bother to read the article.

4. Viber

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Hi, This is an official representative from Viber. Thank you for this article - we at Viber are just as excited as you are about our new beta release. We hope to release the official version very soon. :) We are here to receive feedback and questions directly from our users. Please don't hesitate to contact us, and we'd be happy to assist. Best regards, Viber Team

5. Andrey_K

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

@Viber I`m a mobile developer, please clarify what technical limitations do not allow to support OS6. Thanks!

6. Viber

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Hi Andrey_K Going into the details of the OS6 barriers will go hand-in-hand with explaining Viber's way of functionality. Unfortunately we prefer not disclosing the technical features of Viber itself, and so we cannot elaborate on these problems. Trust us - it is also our great interest to bring our new call feature to our OS6 users. This issue is still being looked into these days, but as we said - unfortunately we still don't have any news :(

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