At a time when Blackberry buffs and tech experts are eagerly awaiting RIM’s upcoming Blackberry OS 10 launch, existing Blackberry Messenger 7 users were presented with a much needed update. BlackBerry Messenger 7 users have for long been shelling out additional dollars for texting to their carriers, but that conundrum has come to an end for the good. With rival phone manufacturers integrating VoIP services like Skype and Google Voice as a standard feature on their models, Blackberry was big time lagging behind rivals on that aspect. As a solution to this long time lag, Research In Motion recently released a updated version of Blackberry Messenger 7 on the App World. The new version will feature free Wi-Fi calling and will allow users to call other Blackberry Messenger 7 users for free over Wi-Fi.
Though the news will come as a blow for carriers who have been charging Blackberry users for texts, but sources close to RIM assert that this move will not tamper the strong ties that the company shares with its carriers. Moreover, the regions with Wi-Fi generally have access to conventional landline telephones, which would act as an alternative to wireless voice calls. So, analysts affirm that this option along with a flat rate billing trend that carriers are opting for currently will no way undermine the relationship between RIM and its carriers. The new VoIP feature will only work between two Blackberry users, which will also mitigate the minority of over calling scenarios leading to minimal carrier impact.
The highlight aspect of the Blackberry Messenger 7 update is that from now on existing Blackberry Messenger 7 users can make free calls over VoIP to other Blackberry Messenger 7 users around the world. Another highlight feature of the Blackberry Messenger 7 update is the split screen feature, which is designed to help users’ multi-task efficiently, while checking mails, playing games and making calls. As with all updates and additions, the catch with this update is that free calls are only restricted within Blackberry users.
The process of adding a new voice feature was initiated by RIM a couple of months back. RIM commenced its testing by launching a beta version, which received rave reviews from customers. Most Blackberry customers are deemed to have global contacts, so the new feature will help precious time and money. The Blackberry Messenger 7 update can be utilized by existing Blackberry OS 7.x and Blackberry OS 6.x users. For the benefit of users who have been using Blackberry OS 5, the company stated that it has been working on a version that will be compatible with OS 5.x, which will be made available sometime in early 2013.
Existing Blackberry OS 6 and OS 7 users will receive alerts upon the availability of the new version, which can be downloaded from Blackberry App World. Once your device is updated with the new version, Blackberry Messenger profiles and groups can be restored as they are linked with Blackberry IDs. The whole upgrade is free of cost and is applicable for all current BlackBerry handset models.
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