Research in Motion will soon be offering Blackberry customers free user-to-user voice communication over Wi-Fi as part of the upcoming Blackberry 10 OS. The BlackBerry Messenger service, which used to just allow text communications between Blackberry users, will now allow voice communications. Users of the upgraded service will simply see a new dial button next to their list of Blackberry contacts. The feature could help users to save money on voice minutes, though with new shared data plans -- an increasingly number of users are being offered unlimited voice anyway. As for truly disrupting things and allowing free voice calls over 3G or LTE, RIM says they've got "no plans currently for that capability."
In a consumer market where people really don't care about quality or reliability it will be hard for them to get back into but I do know quite a few corporate customers that are waiting for this. Maybe there will be enough to keep them going.
Well, I'm DEFINITELY interested. I have many users travelling internationally, and roaming voice is by far the biggest charge on any phone bill. I'm not sure if it will only work between bb-s or you can call other cell-phones too, but even if it's only between bb-s, most of our travelling employees have bb-s, so imagine that one of them in Japan calls the other in Australia over Wifi, for free.
I couldn't care less about skype. I'm not interested in skype hogging my device with malware, and not interested in Microsoft and the govement recording my calls... The last shred of security that still exists out there lays in the Blackbarries.
2012-Nov-16 11:39 am: ·
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I can make free video and voice calls on any of my Android devices to anyone else who has a Google account over Talk. It works both on wifi and when on my carriers data networks, and because Android ships on so many devices, I don't have to rely on them buying the same phone as me. So what RIM is offering is not very enticing.
You got to hand it to a company that makes the most "banned" cell phone world wide - If you pull apart any b berry, they are the best made and security so awesome, that you can't use them in Dubai because they can't monitor your text because of rim's OS
Thre Prez and CIA all us B berry
2012-Nov-16 4:33 pm: ·
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