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Mobile Minute:
BlackBerry is adding free voice calling to its popular BlackBerry Messenger app for iOS and Android. Calls can be made over Wi-Fi or cellular networks, as long as both parties have the BBM app. BBM was once the leading over-the-top messaging app, offering real-time communication that is usually faster and cheaper than texting. BBM almost died out with the decline of BlackBerry smartphones, but it has found new life on iPhones and Android devices. Now BlackBerry is making significant upgrades — in addition to voice, BBM is getting file sharing and real-time location sharing. BlackBerry says the app update will be available starting February 13.


Martha DeGrasse
Martha DeGrasse
Martha DeGrasse is the publisher of Network Builder Reports ( At RCR, Martha authored more than 20 in-depth feature reports and more than 2,400 news articles. She also created the Mobile Minute and the 5 Things to Know Today series. Prior to joining RCR Wireless News, Martha produced business and technology news for CNN and Dow Jones in New York and managed the online editorial group at Hoover’s Online before taking a number of years off to be at home when her children were young. Martha is the board president of Austin's Trinity Center and is a member of the Women's Wireless Leadership Forum.

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