About a fortnight ago, Facebook started testing a voice calling feature in its Messenger app for iPhone users in Canada. Much like any other VoIP app, this feature allowed the iPhone users to make free voice calls using Wi-Fi or cellular data to other messenger users in the country. Looks like the testing went well, as the social giant has now released the feature for US iPhone users.
Free voice calling in Facebook Messenger went live in the US earlier today and it is pretty easy to use. The feature does not require any update to the existing app and users can just open a conversation with another person in the app, tap the “i” button in the top-right corner, and then tap ‘Free Call’.
Company is yet to reveal when it is going to bring the feature to international or Android users.
This is certainly a useful feature and a big step for Facebook, which has just become a big player in VoIP market. However it would be interesting to see if Facebook brings video calling as well to Facebook Messenger. Company already have a tie-up with Skype for its video calling on its website and the same -tie up could be extended to mobile devices.
To remind you, just about 24 hours ago, Facebook had also taken the wraps off its Graph Search beta, which allows you to find people, places, interests, & photos in a better way on Facebook.