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The beta release of Viber for BlackBerry 2.4 is the first to include Skype-rivalling VoIP functionality. However, this only applies to older versions of the BlackBerry platform, not the freshly-launched BB10.

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The Skype and WhatsApp competitor Viber has at last released a beta version for BlackBerry OS that features voice calling, Viber for BlackBerry 2.4.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Cyprus-based startup said the new version of its BlackBerry app, which was previewed in January, included free calls to other Viber users for those on BlackBerry OS5 and OS7, as well as “performance improvements” for OS5 and various other bug fixes. However, BlackBerry 10 – the make-or-break latest version of the platform – is not supported.

“BlackBerry is one of the most important markets for us and represents our third largest user base,” Viber CEO Talmon Marco said. “We are thrilled to bring this community free voice calling, letting them communicate freely with all of their important contacts across multiple platforms.”

The release means that, over two years after Viber first hit the scene, the only remaining major platforms on which Viber is a voiceless, text-and-photo-only service are Nokia Series 40 and Samsung’s Bada OS. The omission of BlackBerry 10 support isn’t as crazy as it might sound — most BlackBerry users will still be on older versions of the platform, and the company is still launching new BlackBerry OS7 devices in emerging markets.

  1. Hi everyone,
    I am an official representative from Viber :)

    We’re as excited as you for our new release, and we’re here to address your questions/problems.

    Best regards,
    the Viber Team.

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  2. When will viber release this and will it support OS 6 ?????

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  3. very late!!!!! and still doesn’t support OS 6!!!!!!! what’s that!!!!! you must be kidding!it’s working with the least android mobiles!!!! I’m fed up with Blackberry! even BB10 still doesn’t include even 10% of the applications in iphone or android markets!

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  4. There is better way to have such kind of app – Vippie, I have been using for 5 month, it works. Sometimes better, sometimes worse, but it works and my friens are there in Vippie.
    And having this Vippie I can call USA for free any number and call France for 0,03 $

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  5. no os6! weird

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    1. I’m using os 6 should incase I downgrade to os5 would it support it?

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  6. I’m on OS6 (BB bold 9780).
    And after long waiting for voice calls, I finally deleted this app…

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  7. Mario Saad? Sunday, May 5, 2013

    When is Viber coming for Blackberry 10?

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  8. Mario Saad? Sunday, May 5, 2013

    When is viber gonna be released on the Blackberry 10?

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  9. OS 6 devices can be downgraded to os 5 or tossing the the garbage because the 9700 and 9780 are more then 5 years old. Get at least a OS 7 device.

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  10. bad news…i was waiting voice calls on viber while i have torch 9800…and now you telling that voice calls didn’t support my device…thanks viber..thats enough…DELETING VIBER APP

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