BlackBerry Messenger update brings voice over Wi-Fi

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Research in Motion is pushing out an update for BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) that will bring voice calls to the service, provided the user is connected to a Wi-Fi network with internet access.

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Voice is the headlining feature of the update, which also includes a new split-screen mode for viewing chats while taking a voice call. Both parties will need to be on the latest version of the software to make and receive voice calls, and the contacts list in BBM will now shows which contacts are eligible for receiving a call.

The update advances the popular BBM platform to version 7.0, and better aligns it with competitors like Skype. The move also adds features that cross-platform services, like WhatsApp, don't have — a move that combats the solid growth of these newer services.

The latest version of BlackBerry Messenger can be downloaded for free via BlackBerry App World.

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