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BlackBerry Mobile Voice System v5.2 Adds Wi-Fi to Cellular Handoff

BlackBerry MVS

Awhile back RIM added a key feature to BlackBerry Mobile Voice System which allowed it to handoff phone calls from cellular connections to Wi-Fi connections. They have now updated MVS to v5.2 which adds a few key features. The one that really caught my interest was the automatic network handoff between Wi-Fi back to wireless cellular networks mentioned here. Its actually cool how RIM pulled this off (some details here) by automatically triggering a PBX initiated call to your BlackBerry when handing over the call back to your cellular connection.

Also added in this version:

  • Call forwarding – incoming calls can be automatically forwarded to a different phone extension or a different phone number altogether.
  • Enhanced reliability in areas of poor or no mobile data coverage – BlackBerry Mobile Voice System is designed to support the placing of calls on mobile networks that have little or no data coverage. This is especially important when roaming internationally and it is a distinct advantage since many competitive systems require a data connection to complete a phone call.
  • Additional business phone systems support – BlackBerry Mobile Voice System v5.2 now supports these additional phone systems: Cisco Business Edition 5000 and 6000 and Siemens OpenScape v5.

Check out the details in RIM’s announcement or at http://www.blackberry.com/mvs.

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