BBM 7 allows users to make free calls around the world

Research In Motion (RIM) has launched its new BlackBerry Messenger version 7, which will allow customers to make free voice calls to their BBM contacts around the world over a Wi-Fi connection.

The new version is a free update for the globally popular mobile social network, which provides a fast, convenient and inexpensive way to stay connected with friends, family and colleagues.

The Beta version of BBM 7 with the new BBM Voice feature was made available to the public through BlackBerry Beta Zone on November 14, 2012.

BBM carried out a survey on the Beta users, with over 80 percent of testers saying they were likely to recommend BBM version 7 and 90 percent saying they would use BBM Voice to keep in touch while travelling. With half of BBM customers having international contacts, BBM version 7 will now benefit them with free Wi-Fi calls.

T.A. McCann, Vice President of BBM and Social Communities at RIM said: “BBM began as a convenient and effective business messaging tool, and today it is an essential part of daily communications for customers around the world.

“Now, with BBM version 7, customers have a new option: they can text and talk with their BBM contacts near and far, for free. With the integrated experience, we extend the core features of reliable, real-time engagement to include voice calling and take BBM to the next level.”

Apart from the voice option, BBM 7 allows multi-tasking, with a split-screen feature where customers can do more while they talk, such as check other BBM text chats, check email or navigate to other apps.

BBM 7 also comes with 16 new emoticons, offering customers new ways to express themselves in text chats. BBM will now notify a customer when there is an update from within the app, and allow them to download it immediately from inside the app.

BBM 7 with BBM Voice is now available for all BlackBerry smartphones running the BlackBerry 6 OS or higher with support planned for smartphones running the BlackBerry 5 OS early next year.

The BBM 7 software update can be downloaded for free at appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/3729/.

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