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Ifbyphone Launches First BlackBerry Application

Conference-calling and voice-broadcast functions are coupled in a free download.
Posted Mar 18, 2009
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Ifbyphone announced its first BlackBerry application—conference calling and voice-broadcast messaging combined in a free download—enhancing the functionality of the popular communications devices from Research In Motion (RIM).
 
“We are thrilled to deliver Ifbyphone for the BlackBerry, giving millions of BlackBerry users a simple and free conference and broadcasting tool,” said Irv Shapiro, chief executive officer at Ifbyphone. “This is the first application of its kind and another example of Ifbyphone’s continued innovation in the wireless space.”
 
The Ifbyphone application utilizes BlackBerry users’ existing contacts lists, allowing users to create groups of contacts for conference calls or voice-broadcast messages.

Ifbyphone will provide the first 100 minutes of use per month free to users of the application and intends to make its BlackBerry application available at RIM’s BlackBerry Application Storefront when it opens this spring.
 
To use the new application’s conference-calling function, a BlackBerry user creates a list of participants from among his stored contacts and can then initiate an impromptu conference call immediately or schedule a future call—all with one click.
 
Similarly, to use the voice-broadcasting function, the user creates a list of recipients and records a voice message for immediate or future delivery.

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