New BlackBerry Messenger will offer free voice calls over Wi-Fi, open beta starts today

Gallery Photo: BlackBerry Messanger 7.0 beta screenshots

RIM may be focusing most of its energy on the upcoming launch of the BlackBerry 10 OS, but it’s also getting ready to roll out a major new feature to BlackBerry Messenger users. BBM 7.0 will move away from just text with the addition of BBM Voice — free Wi-Fi calling between all BlackBerry Messenger users. If you’re interested in trying it out, the open beta starts today. Much as BBM initially led the move towards platform-specific messaging as a way to save on text message costs, RIM’s new integrated Wi-Fi calling solution could provide a simple way for users to save on voice minutes — so long as they have Wi-Fi available. It’s a big addition to the BBM real-time chat app, a service that T.A. McCann, RIM’s VP of BBM and Social…

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