News by Andrew Kameka on Monday December 10, 2012.
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BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) has been upgraded to include free Wi-Fi voice calls to go along with the instant text and photo messages the app has always delivered. RIM previously announced a test version of its BBM Voice service that enables free voice calls over Wi-Fi between BBM users, and its now available in the BBM 7 app released to the BlackBerry App World.
BBM Voice is designed to put an end to the back-and-forth of text messages when a quick phone conversation can help two people better communicate. Thanks to its integration into BBM 7, BBM Voice can be used in a split-screen, so users can continue reading messages or sending photos that may be related to the conversation. The latest version of BBM also added upgrade notifications within the app; BBID Synchronization of a user's BBM profile, Groups, and Contacts; and 16 new emoticons.
BBM 7 is available now for devices running BlackBerry 6 OS or later. A version of the app that is compatible with BlackBerry OS 5 will be released in early 2013.BlackBerry
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