Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:23 pm Post subject: A New App for Blackberry Makes Holding on to Your Blackberry
A New App for Blackberry Makes Holding on to Your Blackberry Worthwhile
Released on: October 18, 2011, 2:55 pm
Author: Richard McAnderson - London
Bluefree Messenger a new app for Blackberry phones launched this week with some very impressive features than may make Blackberry users want to hold on to their phones.
Bluefree Messenger is a new free Instant Messenger application that uses Bluetooth along with your 3G data package to help find new business contacts in several languages such as French, English, Greek, Spanish, Russian, Dutch, German and Italian with more languages being added each week.
After downloading from the company website using the short web address www.bfm.im the install took a short while as the application is two megabytes in size which got me thinking, This must be something interesting or something heavy and boring.
The application starts with a language selection and then a simple name, email and password input, nothing strange here. After login I was greeted with a short page of text advising me on the next steps to setting up my application. Was given a‘Bluefree ID’ that needed to be copied into the Bluetooth device name description this is the name (that you see if you have ever done a Bluetooth scan) a button to help me copy the ID was placed at the bottom of the home screen.
After I pasted the ‘Bluefree ID’ and returned back it to the application the message had disappeared the application has detected that I had changes the Bluetooth name on my phone which I thought was very cleaver and it got me more interested.
I clicked the menu key and found lots of options and pages to go through, Setting up my Business Card Profile, Setting up my Personal profile, Options and much more. With all these data entry fields like Facebook ID, Linkedin ID, BBM Pin, Email address, Phone numbers and many more I really liked the idea that I can share everything from one place to all my contacts.
Bluefree Messenger turned very quickly it Got Exciting! as I did not have anyone else around me the ‘Bluetooth Scan’ did not find any new contacts, desperate to add a contact I sent a BBM to my friends and asked them to setup Bluefree so we can give it a try, soon enough people had Bluefree Messenger installed and they had there‘Bluefree IDs’ at the ready, adding a contact using the ‘Bluefree ID’ was easy just two clicks direct under the ‘Contacts’ menu.
Two of my friends where near each other they where able to add each other by one of them doing a ‘Bluetooth Scan’ and finding the other persons business card and then viewing and sending an invitation, They said it was “Effortless”.
Chatting was easy as you expect from any chat app but Bluefree Messenger has some nice features that I liked such as the @READ times showing me when my message was read similar to the Apple Iphone ios5 imessage. And the Smilies are very cool, the best I have seen on any messenger application.
After we finished chatting, I explored the Options menu, I was amazed at the number of options and details that I could change like my LED light colour and how by Bluetooth should collect business cards. I even change the language to see how it looks. And one very important feature that’s missing from other messenger application the ‘Logout’ button finally I have an Instant messenger that I can logout off and log back in when I need to,
Returning back to the home screen I had some ‘Latest Updates’ similar to BBM and I could also view my contact Business card or Personal profile. It also has ‘Broadcast Message’ and ‘Chat History’ features I found when I press the menu key on a select contact.
Bluefree Messenger is an instant messenger but its not it so much more it is an brilliant example of what can be done, it’s full of options and features that will keep you busy all night. The idea of doing a Bluetooth scan to find contacts is simply brilliant so brilliant in fact it has a patent. The detail in the two profile pages provides you with a place to put everything including four pictures. Adding contacts via the ‘Bluefree ID’ makes it easy when you not in Bluetooth range. Add message statuses and read times along with chat history and broadcast messages you get the idea that this app has it all. Bluefree is only available to Blackberry users, Iphone and Android are coming soon according to the company website which is the only downside at the moment, and overall I am very impressed a quality application and I finally have a use for Bluetooth on my Blackberry.
Bluefree Messenger can be downloaded at www.bfm.im from your blackberry phone or the google search term 'Bluefree Messenger'
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