We admire RIM for many things, not least its brave attempt to push into the touchscreen sector with that most Marmite of handsets, the BlackBerry Storm. That said, isn't this a little too close to the 'sincerest form of flattery'?
BlackBerry smartphones - beginning with the Bold - are getting Visual Voicemail. That's right, just like the iPhone Visual Voicemail - except it's called 'Visual Voice Mail'. Ahhhhh...
Unearthed by those BlackBerry undercover hounds BGR, we learn that the feature will arrive with the Bold's OS 18.104.22.168 firmware update for US handsets on AT&T. Quite when this will happen is currently unknown, as is whether the admittedly handy feature will be appearing on any other BlackBerries (surely it must do eventually), or on other US or international networks.
Personally I suspect the path to seeing it on O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange and 3 will be rocky as RIM doesn't bully its providers in the same way Apple enjoys. That said, if one network can be persuaded it may provide just the differentiator that will see others follow suit. Watch this space...
That out the way, I feel I've earned the right to rant about something now: the stupid name. There is nothing 'visual' about Visual Voicemail/Voice Mail. Just because you can play, pause, rewind and scroll through a seek bar doesn't make it visual. You can do the same with tracks on any MP3 player or modern handset going and we don't call that 'visual music'!!
*Bangs head against the desk* (one time, for real, for added emphasis).