BBM Now Lets You Have Voice Chats for Free Over Wi-Fi
WATERLOO, ONTARIO, Nov 14, 2012 (Menafn - MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --For the times when you want to hear a friend's laughter instead ofreading LOL, BlackBerry(R) Messenger (BBM(TM)) is taking the socialnetworking experience to a whole new level with an exciting newfeature called BBM Voice. Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX: RIM) today announced BBM version 7, a free update for theglobally popular mobile social network, which will allow customers tomake free voice calls to other BBM customers around the world over aWi-Fi(R) connection(i).
BBM is a fast, convenient and inexpensive service for BlackBerry(R)customers that gives them the ability to instantly chat with afriend, family member or colleague, and know when their message hasbeen delivered, and read. With the new version of BBM, customers havea new option - they can talk with their BBM contact across the globefor free over a Wi-Fi connection. In an instant, customers can switchbetween texting and talking, or talk and text at the same time. Forconsumers, especially in developing markets, the BBM Voice featureoffers an attractive way to talk with friends and family near andfar, and staying in contact will be easier than ever as the holidayseason approaches. For business customers, BBM Voice allows forenriched collaboration.
"BBM is the quick, easy way to stay connected to the people thatmatter to you, and with today's announcement we're expanding thecapabilities of the service for deeper social engagement and evengreater collaboration, beginning with voice functionality," said T.A.McCann, Vice President of BBM and Social Communities at RIM. "The newBBM Voice feature is for when you're travelling and you want to callhome without worrying about phone charges. It's for when you havenews you can't wait to share, for quickly explaining complicateddetails, and collaborating with colleagues. Whenever your ideas aretoo big for text, there's BBM Voice."
BBM Voice includes a number of convenient features.
--Customers can initiate a BBM Voice call directly, or instantly switch
from a BBM text chat to talk, and back again.
--The split-screen feature allows customers to talk and text at the same
time, so for example, they can send a picture to their contact while
talking with them. They can also check other BBM text chats, check
email, or navigate to other apps while engaged on a BBM Voice call.
--BBM provides a visual indicator that shows when contacts are available
for a voice call.
--BBM Voice is compatible with any accessories a customer has now for
making voice calls on their BlackBerry smartphone, such as a
Bluetooth(R) or wired headset. Customers can also use BBM Voice over
their BlackBerry smartphone's speakerphone.
--If it's not an ideal time to talk, customers can simply choose to
respond by texting back.
Another important feature of BBM version 7 is its integration with acustomer's BlackBerry ID, which is designed to back up their BBMprofile, groups and contacts so they can automatically be restored inthe event they switch to a new BlackBerry smartphone, including to aBlackBerry(R) 10 device.
BBM version 7 with the new BBM Voice feature is currently availablein Beta for BlackBerry smartphones running the BlackBerry(R) 6 OS orhigher with support planned for smartphones running the BlackBerry 5OS at a future date. The Beta can be downloaded for free fromBlackBerry Beta Zone(ii). Customers can sign up to BlackBerry BetaZone for free at www.BlackBerry.com/betazone.
For more information about BBM, please visit www.blackberry.com/bbm.
(i) BBM requires a BlackBerry service plan. The BBM Voice featurerequires a Wi-Fi connection with access to the Internet and may notbe available in all markets.
(ii) BlackBerry Beta Zone is not available in all markets.
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