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BlackBerry Aims to Simplify Dialing In to Conference Calls

Anyone who has ever tried to dial in to a conference call on a smartphone knows what a pain it can be.

Most phones let you click on a number and dial it automatically, but that’s not enough when you have to remember a dial-in number, passcode and maybe even a pin number.

Well, if you have a BlackBerry, now there’s an app for that.

On Friday, Research In Motion is launching a beta of a program specifically aimed at solving this problem. BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing, which works on phones running BlackBerry OS 5.0 or later, allows users to both set-up and dial-in to conference calls via their BlackBerry.

It’s a smart move that plays to the core of RIM’s user base–the corporate set.

The program integrates with the BlackBerry calendar app. When it is time for the conference call, a screen pops up that allows a user to dial-in without having to remember all the various numbers. Even better, if you are dropped from the call, you can also reconnect with just a single click.

Now, if they could just do something about that annoying hold music.


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