RIM has introduced a new version of its messenger app, the BBM. BBM version 7 includes a new feature called BBM Voice, which lets BBM users make voice calls for free over a WiFi network.
To use the feature, which is currently available in the Beta phase, user can, during a BBM conversation, simply tap the call button and a voice call starts.
Additionally, in BBM you’ll be able to see each users’ status as well so you’ll know who is available for a call and who isn’t. Also if one doesn’t want to take a call he/she can choose to reply by chat only.
When on call, a split-screen view will be available which allows one to use any other app, which means you can for instance still use the chat function as well as send pictures within BBM or even check email or use the browser.
BBM Voice is included in BBM version 7 which is available in the BlackBerry Beta Zone.
“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 TA McCann, vice president of BBM and social communities at RIM.
BBM Voice is compatible with normal BlackBerry accessories such as a Bluetooth or wired headset. Customers can also use BBM Voice over their BlackBerry smartphone’s speakerphone.
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 version of the app can be downloaded for free from BlackBerry Beta Zone. Customers of Blackberry can sign up to BlackBerry Beta Zone for free at – www.BlackBerry.com/betazone