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Research In Motion offers half a year of free music access on BlackBerry mobile phones

Canadian email phone manufacturer RIM has unveiled that new users to their BlackBerry Messenger Music service will be entitled to six months of free access in the UK, with a saving of nearly £30.

Research In Motion has announced that anyone downloading the BBC Music application before January 4th will gain half a year's worth of free music, where those who have already downloaded the app will gain four months of free usage - which normally costs £4.99, each month.

BBM Music was launched in August and in beta, as a way to download tracks and share them with other BlackBerry users.

The service was officially launched in the UK mid-November, along with the BlackBerry Curve 9380 full touch screen phone and the Bold 9790 mobile.

BlackBerry Messenger Music allows the user to download 50 songs a month, which can be updated by swapping out 25 of them, every month.

These tracks can be shared with other BBMM subscribers, to build a cloud based music catalogue from the millions of songs on offer from companies such as Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.