Facebook Introduces Free VoiP Call Feature

Wed 9 January 2013 18:00, Vitto Christaldi

Facebook Introduces Free VoiP Call Feature

Facebook has introduced some new voice features in the Facebook Messenger. Users are currently allowed to send one minute voice messages through the Messenger. In the near future, users of Facebook Messenger will also be able to make free calls.

The voice message feature has already been available since last week, while Facebook is still testing open source VoIP calling between Canadian users. Only Canadian iOS users with the latest Facebook Messenger version can try out VoIP.

Canada is chosen as the pilot project of this new feature because Canada closely resembles the demographics and trends in the United States (one-tenth of the size), which makes it a good sample for a trial. This update will likely be a big competition between Facebook and companies which offer free VoiP services, such as Skype and Viber.

Facebook and Mobile Messaging

Recently, Facebook has shown a high interest in beating other mobile messaging applications; WhatsApp for example, as we reported last month, although in the end the deal did not go down. In the same week when the rumor came out, Facebook launched an update for its Messenger which made it possible for people to register without a Facebook account.

The week after Christmas, Facebook decided to launch a mobile messaging that could compete with SnapChat. The app is called Poke and it removes chat history after a couple of seconds.

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