Hot off the announcement of worldwide BlackBerry 10 events in January, RIM has introduced an awesome new version of BBM today. BBM version 7 includes some great updated features including the new BBM Voice. BBM Voice lets you instantly initiate a voice call with BBM friends for free over a Wi-Fii connection.
In any BBM conversation, simply tap the call button and you’ll start a voice call – it’s that simple. BBM Voice will add some great depth to BBM, providing you the ability to escalate a chat to a voice call when the situation calls for it. This feature should be huge in emerging markets or for anyone calling long distance as there will be no long-distance charges.
Additionally, in BBM you’ll be able to see each users status as well so you’ll know who is available for a call and who isn’t. When on a call you’ll see a split-screen view and can still use any other apps on your device. So you can still use the chat function as well as send pictures within BBM or even check email or use the browser.
BBM Voice is included in BBM version 7 which is available in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. If you don’t have a Beta Zone account you can register for one from the link below. Don’t worry if you’re not seeing it yet, it’ll be along soon. We’ll have plenty more on all the features of BBM 7 soon so stay tuned. Keep reading for the full press release.