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RIM to Offer Free Voice Communication Over Wi-Fi
As Company Hopes Blackberry 10 Brings them Back From Brink
by Karl Bode 06:25PM Thursday Nov 15 2012
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."

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Hazy Arc

join:2006-04-10
Greenwood, SC

What Good Will It Do...

...if no one else has one?
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: What Good Will It Do...

Exactly. It would be transformative on the iPhone (well, not really since everyone has too many minutes anyways). But at least on the iPhone you'd probably have other people to call.

dnoyeB
Ferrous Phallus

join:2000-10-09
Southfield, MI
Since these are still strong business devices, within a particular business it will do quite a bit of good.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: What Good Will It Do...

They've pretty much all already switched away from BB.

bobjohnson
Premium
join:2007-02-03
Orlando, FL

I hope BlackBerry makes it.

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.

battleop

join:2005-09-28
00000

And the band plays on...

Hopefully they will get the deck chairs arranged before she sinks.

myname

@att.net

voice over wifi

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.

That's a big saving. I'm all in for this!!!

battleop

join:2005-09-28
00000

1 recommendation

Re: voice over wifi

What you are talking about already exists using VoIP.

gruntlord

@teksavvy.com

Re: voice over wifi

said by battleop:

What you are talking about already exists using VoIP.

This is free though, VOIP still costs money(although not much).

pnjunction
Teksavvy Extreme
Premium
join:2008-01-24
Toronto, ON
kudos:1

Re: voice over wifi

Skype to Skype is free. I'm not sure how this is much different, being software that both caller and recipient need to be running?

gruntlord

@teksavvy.com

Re: voice over wifi

Skype can only call other skype users unless you pay.

pnjunction
Teksavvy Extreme
Premium
join:2008-01-24
Toronto, ON
kudos:1

Re: voice over wifi

Sounds like this can only call other BBM users period. And you (both?) have to be on wifi.

noname1

@att.net

Re: voice over wifi - skype

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.

pnjunction
Teksavvy Extreme
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Toronto, ON
kudos:1

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Re: voice over wifi - skype

Yeah my BBM communication would be super secure since there wouldn't be any...nobody I communicate with has one

And Skype was just an example, there are lots of voip and sip services out there

The government spying situation sucks but I'm not vain enough to think the government cares at all what I am talking about on my phone
markf

join:2008-01-24
Burlington, ON
kudos:1
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Naysayers

To all the naysayers, how many of you have actually seen BB10 in action?

I think once you do it will make iOS look like the ancient relic from the mid 2000's that it is. It looks fantastic and I am looking forward to the opportunity to actually use it.

motoracer

join:2003-09-15
united state

Hope

I hope BB comes back strong to keep Android and iOS (and Windows?) on their feet. Competition is a good thing.
lemonade

join:2003-12-13
Los Angeles, CA

Re: Hope

agree

Maxo
Your tax dollars at work.
Premium,VIP
join:2002-11-04
Tallahassee, FL

Android

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.

Alturnative

@charter.com

Don't bag on B berry

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

ARGONAUT
Have a nice day.
Premium
join:2006-01-24
New Albany, IN
kudos:1

BB's time has past.

Blackberry, the other Betamax.

AVD
Respice, Adspice, Prospice
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join:2003-02-06
Onion, NJ
kudos:1

sounds like google talk

except you can talk over a web connection