RIM intros BBM Voice – Make Calls to BBM Friends Free over Wi-Fi from BlackBerry Smartphone

Blackberry smartphone maker Research In Motion (RIM) today announced BlackBerry Messenger – BBM version 7 with BBM Voice, a free update for the globally popular mobile social network, which will allow customers to make free voice calls to other BBM customers in the world over a Wi-Fi connection.

So for the times when you want to hear a friend’s laughter instead of reading ‘LOL’ , BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is taking the social networking experience to a whole new level with an exciting new feature called BBM Voice.

BBM is a fast, convenient and inexpensive service for BlackBerry customers that gives them the ability to instantly chat with a friend, family member or colleague, and know when their message has been delivered, and read.

With the new version of BBM, customers have a new option – they can talk with their BBM contact across the globe for free over a Wi-Fi connection. In an instant, customers can switch between texting and talking, or talk and text at the same time. For consumers, especially in developing markets, the BBM Voice feature offers an attractive way to talk with friends and family near and far, and staying in contact will be easier than ever as the holiday season approaches. For business customers, BBM Voice allows for enriched collaboration.

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 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 a customer’s BlackBerry ID, which is designed to back up their BBM profile, groups and contacts so they can automatically be restored in the event they switch to a new BlackBerry smartphone, including to a BlackBerry 10 device. 

BBM version 7 with the new BBM Voice feature is currently available in Beta for BlackBerry smartphones running the BlackBerry 6 OS or higher with support planned for smartphones running the BlackBerry 5 OS at a future date. The Beta can be downloaded for free from BlackBerry Beta Zone. Customers can sign up to BlackBerry Beta Zone for free at www.BlackBerry.com/betazone

This Article Was Written By: Sanjay Bafna

Sanjay Bafna - National Editor (Telecom and Mobile Phone)

Sanjay Bafna is an entrepreneur and National Editor at TelecomTALK covering Mobile Operators, 3G, Broadband, 4G, LTE, Telecom Policies & Regulations and Mobile Phones. He is well known Telecom and Mobile Analyst, Love Tea and Chocolates.

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  • shrey December 8, 2012 12:40 am, 12:40 AM

    Did they launch this app in india too?How can I download it?

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  • Lalit November 27, 2012 9:02 am, 9:02 AM

    Have been using it for few weeks now…. Works like a charm !

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  • Lalit November 19, 2012 12:23 pm, 12:23 PM

    @Arif
    Depends on what phone your comparing it with. Its the one of the few phone company to have a true push mail service. Entry level BB phone start Rs 8500 /-
    Cost of service is Rs 299 for full BB access, which gives you unlimited mails,bbm & IM all this with no roaming on (national) data.

    Reply
  • rockstr November 16, 2012 9:27 pm, 9:27 PM

    Jagan T :
    If the BB devices can be made to use normal GPRS(2G), 3G without BIS, then it will moving like hot cake in India. Is there any possible solution from RIM to use normal 3G for browsing?

    yes your rite buddy ,

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  • Jagan T November 15, 2012 5:51 pm, 5:51 PM

    If the BB devices can be made to use normal GPRS(2G), 3G without BIS, then it will moving like hot cake in India. Is there any possible solution from RIM to use normal 3G for browsing?

    Reply
  • Arif November 15, 2012 8:29 am, 8:29 AM

    BlackBerry, the highly over priced phone. Company is reporting losses but still don,t want to reduce the devices cost and subscription charges.

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  • hardeep November 14, 2012 8:36 pm, 8:36 PM

    won’t be available in India as of now unless VoIP is allowed by GoI…..

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    • Sahil December 12, 2012 4:38 pm, 4:38 PM

      i call my wife from office via bbm voice call, and it works just awesome on WiFi. have also tried to call couple of friends in Uk and US and i was able to talk to them without any hassles. So don’t spread rumors like that.

      Reply
  • zeeshan November 14, 2012 7:26 pm, 7:26 PM

    1800 Mhz spectrum Auction ends. Telenor got only 4 circles, videocon and Idea got 7 circles. Source Times of India

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  • Dark November 14, 2012 5:02 pm, 5:02 PM

    Rim is dying

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  • Sahil Rao November 14, 2012 4:05 pm, 4:05 PM

    @Esmail “Little user base” i wont call 80 million as a little user base. That’s HUGE !!!!!!!!

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  • Sahil Rao November 14, 2012 4:01 pm, 4:01 PM

    @ram Ram D’load will be avilable soon, with the launch of bbm7 in beta zone.

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  • Karan November 14, 2012 3:59 pm, 3:59 PM

    If wi-fi is not available or temporarily down, can we use operator network internet connection for using this service?

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  • Esmail November 14, 2012 3:16 pm, 3:16 PM

    With Apple offering FaceTime between all iOS and mac OS devices, Microsoft buying Skype and integrating it into windows phones, Google voice receiving superior integration in Android ice cream sandwich, Blackberry had to come up with BBM voice as a desperate attempt to make sure what ever little user base it has doesnt migrate to other smartphone manufacturers.

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  • Shaiju November 14, 2012 12:55 pm, 12:55 PM

    holy ffffffffffffffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu, ‘ve been waiting for this sh*t :)

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  • ram November 14, 2012 12:17 pm, 12:17 PM

    Signed up but can’t figure out how to download, make it easier BB!

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  • Sahil Rao November 14, 2012 11:54 am, 11:54 AM

    If RIM does to VOIP what they did to messaging, than this will be a game changer. A green light indicating that the person is there and will likely answer you with either text or voice, holy smoke! #BB10Believe

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  • Ganesh Srinivasan November 14, 2012 11:41 am, 11:41 AM

    drkavint :
    biggest blow to android…
    skype is integrated in windows 8
    bbm in blackberry..
    whats up has become pay application
    so its time to say bye bye to android and look for w8/blackberry..

    I agree it is time to go back to Blackberry – BB 10 is integrating social networking wonderfully and with this app imagine calling all your social networking contacts across the world for free, although over WiFi only

    For consultants like me who work with other consultants and corporate guys, you are likely to find most of your contacts using BlackBerry and iOS devices. So if you have a BB phone and iOS tablet, your job is done

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  • ENAUD November 14, 2012 11:35 am, 11:35 AM

    drkavint :

    Dr Kavint, ppl like you should not be android users!!
    One small feature added and you switch loyalty ???

    so its time to say bye bye to android and look for w8/blackberry..

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  • drkavint November 14, 2012 11:28 am, 11:28 AM

    biggest blow to android…
    skype is integrated in windows 8
    bbm in blackberry..
    whats up has become pay application
    so its time to say bye bye to android and look for w8/blackberry..

    Reply
  • Ganesh Srinivasan November 14, 2012 11:24 am, 11:24 AM

    Excellent I am falling in love with BB once again. May be worthwhile grabbing a BB 10 device when it launches in Jan next year. Good job RIM you are moving forward

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  • Joe November 14, 2012 11:15 am, 11:15 AM

    Good move by RIM to come back strong despite all problems it is facing.

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