BlackBerry Messenger 7 Adds Voice Support, More Emoticons

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BlackBerry Messenger users can now make free calls over a Wi-Fi connection thanks to the messaging service\’s most recent update.

\"BlackBerry\"As previously tested in last month\’s BBM 7 beta, the new “BBM Voice” service will let users freely alternate between texting and talking with their BlackBerry-owning contacts for free, provided that they have access to a local Wi-Fi connection. Considering that many of the BlackBerry faithful in the enterprise could have global contacts, the service stands to save them a few bucks on international calls.

BBM Voice isn\’t the only addition to come with BBM 7, though. RIM has also given users the ability to synchronize their BBM profiles, groups, and contact info to their BlackBerry IDs, in-app update notifications when available, and even more emoticons.

The updated BBM 7 is available to any hardware running BlackBerry OS 6 or higher right now via BlackBerry App World. Those using BlackBerry OS 5 are expected to get the service sometime next year.

While the update will certainly make those who have stuck with RIM\’s struggling brand happy, the Canadian company has to have its eyes set on January 30 of next year, when it officially takes the wraps off its newest BlackBerry 10 OS.

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