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Blackberry Communications

RIM Offering Free Voice Calling In Attempt to Remain Competitive 134

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the last-ditch-effort dept.
zacharye writes "In version 7, RIM has added a voice calling feature that will allow BBM users to speak to each other for free when connected to Wi-Fi networks. While similar third-party solutions like Viber exist and extend the free calling feature to cellular data connections, an integrated solution that will eventually be baked right into the BlackBerry OS offers clear advantages over third-party options. It also can be counted as an advantage for RIM’s platform over Android and iOS, at least until RIM’s rivals begin to roll out similar solutions."
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RIM Offering Free Voice Calling In Attempt to Remain Competitive

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  • by SuperKendall (25149) on Wednesday November 14, 2012 @12:21PM (#41980857)

    It's hard to find a cell plan without unlimited minutes unless you're buying a minimal-use, no-frills line.

    Yes - I think the carriers did this in response to skype on mobile devices gaining popularity. They jacked up the prices for all smartphone data plans and gave you basically unlimited calling.

    It's the same thing for texting, iMessage on iOS gave you the ability to send messages to other iOS users over data, not SMS. So again they just baked unlimited SMS into the price for every smart phone plan.

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