Tag: instant messaging

First Impressions of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) Voice Service Beta

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RIM recently launched the BBM Voice service in the latest version of BBM, version 7. The service works in a pretty behind-the-scenes manner, adding a Voice Dial icon to any BBM profile that has the latest version and can utilize BBM Voice. The service runs off the WiFi network and allows you to potentially save a great deal of money by not using up voice minutes and piggybacking on a simple BBM data plan. I’ve spent a few days using the service, and I thought I’d put together some initial impressions on the service.
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Rumor: Balsillie Wanted to Offer BlackBerry Network to Carriers for Low Cost Instant Messaging and Social Media

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Rumor has it that before Balsillie left RIM, he tried to convince the board of a plan to offer the BlackBerry network’s services to carriers, so they could route data and offload costs associated with small bandwidth data from instant messaging and social media. This plan, without knowing the exact details of it, makes a lot of sense and it’s too bad the board vetoed it. Imagine all the smartphones the carriers could sell if they could offer it with a free data plan that only extends to IM and social media. We’ve heard of plans like this in India, and North America and Europe could really benefit.
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Free Hookt Messenger App Features Cross-Platform Messaging With Social Games Coming Soon

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Hookt Messenger (created by airG) is a completely free, easy to use, cross-platform social messaging app. You can chat with anyone, anywhere in the world, on any smartphone or computer (BlackBerry, iPhone, Android, tablets, computers, pretty much anything that has an internet connection). Hookt’s integration with other social apps (such as Facebook and Twitter) makes it easy to add friends on Hookt, and also find and invite new friends. Everyone gets a unique Hookt ID that can easily be shared. Currently, the app has pretty much all the features you would expect of a messaging app, and we’re told it’s rapidly evolving and soon to have features such as the ability to play social games while you chat.
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Pinch Multi-Platform IM App Now Available With Rewards Program

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When we last wrote about Pinch about a year ago, we said Pinch was coming “soon” to the BlackBerry platform. We haven’t really kept up with the service since but it looks like the service is now available for BlackBerry. It’s always odd when these apps choose not to be in App World but for whatever reason, Pinch isn’t and we have an OTA link.
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