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RIM Introduces BBM 7.0 With Voice Calls Over Wi-Fi; Our Take

Research In Motion, the maker of BlackBerry Smartphones, has announced the launch of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) version 7 with BBM Voice feature that allows users to make a voice call to other BBM users over Wi-Fi connection. Features: The BBM Voice feature is directly built into the BBM app and users need to open up a chat window and click on the call button to make a voice call over Wi-Fi. What's interesting is, once on a voice call, users can continue to send text, images, and other multimedia over BBM. Apart from that, BBM also provides a visual indicator that shows when contacts are available for a voice call. BBM Voice is also compatible with bluetooth, wired headset or users can also use BlackBerry's speakerphone. While BBM Voice works over Wi-Fi it should be noted that the call will disconnect in case a user receives a cellular call. BBM 7.0 also brings integration with user's BlackBerry ID, which will back up the user's BBM profile, groups and contacts so that they can automatically restore them in case they switch to a new BlackBerry device. Compatibility: BBM 7.0  is compatible with BlackBerry devices running OS 6.0 and higher, however, RIM plans to introduce it to older phones with BlackBerry OS 5.0 as well. Availability: BBM 7.0  is currently available in Beta for BlackBerry smartphones and can be downloaded for free from BlackBerry Beta Zone. Users need to signup with the BlackBerry Beta Zone in order to download the the app. Our Take: While RIM's…

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