1. Homo Erectus's Avatar
    Fool contributor Tim Beyers has been tough on Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM ) , and justifiably so. Management gaffes and product miscues have conspired to torpedo this business and its loyal investors over the past year.

    But now there are signs of returning innovation. The new BlackBerry Messenger with BBM VoIce allows for free voice calling between two BlackBerry users over a Wi-Fi network.

    As you might imagine, this feature is helpful for those who might be calling from or to emerging markets where cellular minutes are expensive. A wonderful add-on -- and potential differentiator -- when you consider that RIM's data network is global.

    To be fair, both Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) , with FaceTime, and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT ) , with Skype, offer their mobile users similar functionality. The difference is that RIM is concentrating on voice, which isn't as data-intensive. Lower-grade Wi-Fi networks that would have a difficult time handling a video call made across continents might have no trouble handling voice.

    In all, Tim sees this as a rare win for Research In Motion. Do you agree? Watch the following video to hear the whole story and then leave a comment in the box below.


    Finally, Some Well-Deserved Praise for Research In Motion (RIMM)
    12-19-12 07:11 AM
  2. simu31's Avatar
    I believe there will be both BBM Voice and BBM Video, so they'll have the best of both options - for higher debit wifi networks BBM Video should work well, and for those in areas with lower capacity wifi, then BBM Voice should work well.

    Si.
    12-19-12 07:26 AM
  3. gorang's Avatar
    This guy is unbelievable, he is so amazed with BBM Voice over WiFi.
    I guess its more impressive that the fact that RIM purchased about 15 companies in order to rebuild itself and attempt to revolutionaise the game.
    12-19-12 09:26 AM

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