Just a few months ago, Skype competitor Viber presented a preview of voice calling on the BlackBerry platform. Viber is available on a plethora of platforms including iOS, Windows Phone 8, Bada, S40, Symbian, and the list goes on.
However, BlackBerry makes up a good chunk of Viber’s user base (it’s their third largest platform behind iOS and Android), and yet it’s still in the minority of Viber apps that don’t have it. access to voice calls. Today, all of that is changing.
Viber has released an update for BlackBerry users to version 2.4 of the Viber app, finally bringing free voice calls to BlackBerry users for the first time. As a first step, the update will be deployed in a beta version to deploy the functionality as quickly as possible. Later, Viber will release the official update.
Here’s what Viber CEO Talmon Marco said in a prepared statement:
BlackBerry is one of the most important markets for us and represents our third largest user base. We are delighted to offer this community of free voice calls, allowing them to communicate freely with all of their important contacts across multiple platforms.
Interestingly enough, this latest voice calling update doesn’t include support for the new BB10 OS that BlackBerry is so excited about. The update is compatible with BlackBerry OS 5 and OS 7 – apparently OS 6 simply cannot handle Viber’s voice calling feature “due to limitations inherent in the operating system.”
Updating to version 2.4 also removes some performance bugs for BlackBerry OS 5 users and made things faster for users who send stickers to their friends.
In terms of voice calls, users running OS 5 and OS 7 will have access to free voice calls over WiFi and 3G.
If you want to download the beta version and start using Viber for BlackBerry 2.4, just click here.