BlackBerry Mobile Voice System 5 getting Wi-Fi calling

RIM announces the next version of its virtual desk phone service for enterprise-backed BlackBerry phones.

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New BlackBerry phones may be the sexiest news to come out just ahead of RIM's Wireless Enterprise Symposium (WES) conference, but BlackBerry-maker RIM has also thrown a bone to business users of the virtual desk phone service Blackberry Mobile Voice System (MVS).

An upgrade to version 5 will let owners of enterprise BlackBerrys field calls to their office numbers over Wi-Fi in addition to the regular cell phone network. This is courtesy of the service's new-found support for SIP, a protocol for handling voice communications over the Web. Cisco's Unified Communications Manager provides the Wi-Fi-enabling muscle. The settings will include an option for prioritizing Wi-Fi or network calls.

As an enterprise service that corporations can pile onto their employees' BlackBerrys, MVS creates a unified business line that simultaneously rings office and smartphone. It includes caller ID, voice mail, and corporate security measures. RIM should roll out BlackBerry MVS 5 later this year.

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