Research in Motion adds free calling to BlackBerrys [Times of Oman]
(Times of Oman Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Research in Motion (RIM) has announced that it is adding free calling to its BlackBerry Messenger service, which already allows free texting between BlackBerrys worldwide.
To use voice over BlackBerry Messenger, you need a phone running version 6.0 of the system software and a Wi-Fi connection.
According to RIM, you can make a BBM voice call directly, or switch from text to talk and back.
The new feature can be downloaded from the Blackberry Beta Zone under BBM Version 7. Of course, free calling among members of a service is not new.
Skype has permitted it for eons. But recent news revealing a Skype security flaw that makes it easy for miscreants to hack a Skype account may make it low on the list of apps to download right now.
Another option is Vippie, an Internet calling service from VoipSwitch that lets a user send texts, make voice and video calls, and transfer files and photos through its free app. It works over a phone network or Wi-Fi, and is available for Apple, Android, Windows and RIM BlackBerry phones.
(Some features, like video, are not available on BlackBerrys.) There is no charge for the service when used between Vippie members anywhere in the world. The phone-calling part is simple to use, but many of the other features are somewhat buried.
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