Facebook rolled out a new feature for its Messenger app in the U.S. yesterday: free voice calling. They began testing it with Canadian users last month, and now it’s come stateside with an app update released yesterday. With the update, iOS users can call other iOS users from within the Messenger app. No word yet on when it’ll be available for Android users.
So, how do you call for free? The service uses your existing data plan from your wireless carrier, or a WiFi connection. Facebook has used Skype’s backend services for Video Chat (on a computer, only) since mid-2011, and the voice quality is comparable and on-par with other VoIP services. When you have an open conversation in the Messenger app with someone you want to call, you’ll find the ‘Free Call’ button by tapping the i button in the top-right corner of the screen. That’s it!
For all our readers with iPhones: let us know what you think once you’ve had a chance to try it out. If you don’t already have Messenger, you can download it here.
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[Source: The Verge]