Research in Motion announced this week that it’s already supporting voice chats on their Blackberry phones via Wi-Fi connection, thanks to a new version of their mobile social network and messaging service BBM.
The Blackberry smartphone-maker unveiled the BBM version 7, a downloadable free BlackBerry Messenger update that enables voice calls to other BBM customers as long as there is a Wi-Fi connection and the customer is BlackBerry service plan subscriber.
“BBM is the quick, easy way to stay connected to the people that matter to you, and with today’s announcement we’re expanding the capabilities of the service for deeper social engagement and even greater collaboration, beginning with voice functionality,” said T.A. McCann, the vice president of BBM and Social Communities at RIM.
Blackberry’s upgraded BBM version allows customers to interact with other users either by texting or talking. Moreover, RIM said the new version of BBM also enables users to text message and call at the same time.
BBM provides a “visual indicator” showing whether a friend or a contact is available for a voice call. The service is compatible with all BlackBerry voice call accessories, such as wired headsets or Bluetooth.
“The new BBM Voice feature is for when you’re travelling and you want to call home without worrying about phone charges,” added the RIM executive.
The Berry Voice is currently in its beta, being included as part of the BBM Version 7. Blackberry service customers can now download an update of their BBM from the Blackberry Beta Zone. Only users with Blackberry 6 OS or higher can use the feature but users of Blackberry 5 OS will soon use this new application soon.
“It’s for when you have news you can’t wait to share, for quickly explaining complicated details, and collaborating with colleagues. Whenever your ideas are too big for text, there’s BBM Voice,” said McCann.