Research in Motion has unveiled a free voice chat service over Wi-Fi connection to the Blackberry Messenger service, the company announced Wednesday.
RIM said the voice feature will be part of BBM Version 7 and run on BlackBerry 6 operating system or higher, with support for BlackBerry 5 coming at a later date.
Version 7 is in beta form and RIM did not announced a date for availability.
“The new BBM Voice feature is for when you’re travelling and you want to call home without worrying about phone charges,” said T.A. McCann, vice president of BBM and social communities. “It’s for when you have news you can’t wait to share, for quickly explaining complicated details, and collaborating with colleagues.
Whenever your ideas are too big for text, there’s BBM Voice.”
According to Information Week, users may test the program by signing up for the BlackBerry Beta Zone.
Users will be able to initiate voice calls with BBM 7, as well as switch from text chatting to voice and from voice-to-text, RIM said.