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Summary:

TringMe, a VoIP startup, has introduced a new VoIP application for BlackBerry OS (works with BlackBerry OS versions 4.2 to 5.0) that can make calls over Wi-Fi. It allows for single-click, worldwide conference calling and when there is no Wi-Fi, it uses the cellular network.

If there was one app I’ve desperately wanted on my T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold, it was a good mobile VoIP client that allows me to make and receive calls over Wi-Fi and 3G connections. It would be even better if that client was made by Skype. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case.

In fact, there hasn’t been a native mobile VoIP application for the BlackBerry platform. Instead, we have apps that use either callback or a local access number over the cellular networks. The other three major smartphone platforms — iPhone OS, Android and Symbian — have multiple mobile VoIP applications, including Nimbuzz and Truphone.

Nearly 100 million users are expected to be using mobile VoIP by 2012. With over 471 billion calls likely to be made via mobile VoIP by 2015, it seems BlackBerry has been missing out on the party. That changes today. TringMe, an Indian VoIP startup based in Bangalore, has introduced a new VoIP application for BlackBerry OS (works with Blackberry OS versions 4.2 to 5.0) that can make calls over Wi-Fi. It allows for a single-click, worldwide conference calling, and when there’s no Wi-Fi, it can switch to the local-access number/callback over the cellular network.

If you want to try it, go to http://bb.tringme.com via your BlackBerry browser. After you install the app, “Call Using TringMe” appears as an option when you want to call a contact from the address book or call log. TringMe is offering a white label version of this application to companies that want to extend their internal voice systems to employee BlackBerry devices. You can also use your own SIP provider, except you have to configure your SIP settings, which isn’t an easy task.

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  1. native Wifi calls from my blackberry, what I have been waiting for since I started saving massively using the truphone application. As voice quality on truphone is outstanding could you guys also add Native WiFi calling like TringMe. @truphone

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  2. Impressive. This is the one I was always looking for.

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  3. I just tried the wifi call on my 4.6 device and it worked fine, but as i can see from screenshots, wifi calling isn’t supported for 5.0. I hope they can support it on 5.0 soon.

    So I am really curious to know what took it so long to support wifi calls on blackberry? I had been looking for free wifi calling application on blackberry for months now.

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    1. Brian

      The company says they can support the 5.0 OS so very curious to find out the facts myself.

      If anyone else finds out, please share. I have an older bberry myself for now.

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      1. Works on my 9700 running 5.0. SUPERB!

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      2. Well not over WIfi direct call. Just call back. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

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      3. @Brian @Om, the application will work fine on 5.0. On 5.0, WiFi calling had been disabled at the last moment since we found a random crash on some of the 5.0 devices. However, rest of the functionality should work on 5.0. We will have an updated version that will support 5.0 based WiFi calling in a week’s time.

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      4. I have a Bold 9700 5.0. It does not work using WiFi Voip. It does work with call back.

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  4. Holy c*ap, wifi call on my BB! Man, this app is really gonna take off!

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    1. Yeah. I’m really surprised this hasn’t already existed. Maybe because so much of Blackberry sales are via the enterprise, who are paying for it (and the calls).

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  5. ok, so I just gave it a spin and it works. But I only want to use native phone dialer to use this application often.

    secondly, there are a lot of “call options” for me to select – I don’t want to keep changing it for wifi/callback/local number.

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  6. T-Mobile has offered BlackBerry VOIP-over-WiFi calls for years now.

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  7. Thanks Om for the coverage.
     
    Thank you all for the comments and nice words. This is the first version and we sincerely looking forward to feedback. Feel free to write to us at support at tringme dot com if you have any queries or issues

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  8. I don’t care much for wifi calls but the single click conference or whatever these guys call it is really a convenient feature. I don’t think I have seen a simpler interface than this even for a desktop or web application. kudos guys.

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  9. Hey guys I just downloaded the app for my Bold 9700. Im a bit confused. I tested one local call and it worked perfectly fine. If i make a long distance call is it free? how does this work. and if its not free what is so special about this app?

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  10. Hi,

    Excellent Application , even googling did not help to find VoIP on my Blackberry 8320 . Just tried VoIP call after reading GigaOM post , works flawless !!!!

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