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MacRumors
Feb 22, 2013, 03:16 PM
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http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/12/facebook.jpgFacebook today updated its main iOS app, adding free VoIP calling in the United States and Canada. Facebook previously beta tested (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/16/facebook-messenger-now-supports-voice-calling-for-u-s-accounts/) the feature in its Messenger iOS app (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/08/09/facebook-launches-standalone-messenger-app-for-iphone-and-ipad/), which received an update to allow voice calling in January.

As in the Messenger app, voice calling within Facebook for iOS can be accessed by tapping on a friend's name in the chat menu and then tapping on the info button, which reveals the option to make a free call.

Both parties must install the newest version of Facebook to activate the feature.*Facebook's latest update also adds newly redesigned Like, Share, and Comment buttons.
-New button design makes it easy to like, comment and share posts in News Feed.
-Improved buttons to like, comment and share posts
-Share button to re-post stories from your News Feed now available in all languages
-Call friends for free right from Facebook (US and Canada)
-Free calling uses your existing data plan.Facebook (http://appshopper.com/social-networking/facebook) is a universal app that can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/facebook/id284882215?mt=8)]

Article Link: Facebook iOS Update Adds Free VoIP Calling in US and Canada (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/02/22/facebook-ios-update-adds-free-voip-calling-in-us-and-canada/)



Xgm541
Feb 22, 2013, 03:17 PM
Now you can Facetime while you Facebook. And have less face to face time.

Northgrove
Feb 22, 2013, 03:26 PM
-new button design makes it easy to like, comment and share posts in news feed.
-improved buttons to like, comment and share posts
Two features, you say...? ಠ_ಠ

arkmannj
Feb 22, 2013, 04:00 PM
Now if I could just figure out within the app how to:

1) Add a friend/family memebr to the "Favorites" list... I mean how can it be my favorites if I can't put my favorites there?

2) Change my cover photo from within the App.



maybe both are already possible and I'm just to dumb to figure it out. But I'm much more likely to use either of those than VOIP from within Facebook.

mikeheenan
Feb 22, 2013, 04:21 PM
The new update is a major fail. Newsfeed has disappeared or is broken, deleting and reinstalling doesn't help

weing
Feb 22, 2013, 04:32 PM
And the list of updates I have to refuse seemingly gets longer and longer...

bbfc
Feb 22, 2013, 05:08 PM
The new update is a major fail. Newsfeed has disappeared or is broken, deleting and reinstalling doesn't help

I experienced the complete opposite. My newsfeed loads much quicker and scrolling it is smoother. The whole app feels more smooth actually.

Rocketman
Feb 22, 2013, 05:20 PM
This is a very big deal. Why Facebook? Oh, no carrier contracts . . . .

miknos
Feb 22, 2013, 06:23 PM
Can we expect better voice chat quality comparing to Skype?

C DM
Feb 22, 2013, 06:28 PM
I experienced the complete opposite. My newsfeed loads much quicker and scrolling it is smoother. The whole app feels more smooth actually.I've observed similar behavior on a couple of phones that installed the update today.

mikeheenan
Feb 22, 2013, 07:31 PM
I experienced the complete opposite. My newsfeed loads much quicker and scrolling it is smoother. The whole app feels more smooth actually.

Which OS do you have? Curious... I'm on the latest (I think).

edit: I just deleted and installed again for the third time and now the Newsfed is back. Weird.

bollyboy
Feb 23, 2013, 03:49 AM
Newsfeed is much quicker for me, however Chat has duplicates of friends for some reason.
It's also got my profile twice as being available for Chat ?

I've deleted and reinstalled but still the same. Not a problem as i don't really use FB too often.

skittlescat
Feb 23, 2013, 04:22 AM
This works on my iPod touch why not my ipad 2 or 3?

macingman
Feb 23, 2013, 06:59 AM
This works on my iPod touch why not my ipad 2 or 3?

Functionality may not be in the iPad part of the app yet. I've notices the iPad app needs to lag a little behind sometimes. Can't prove this though as I don't live in the Americas. Just a possible reason.

Macrolido
Feb 23, 2013, 10:30 AM
Still crashes often on my iPod touch.

jonnysods
Feb 23, 2013, 11:36 AM
I wonder what will replace Facebook. They have a lot of good features and it seems to be growing.

japanime
Feb 23, 2013, 05:44 PM
I wonder what will replace Facebook.

Privacy.

Fatalbert
Feb 23, 2013, 05:59 PM
Good, maybe it'll actually be useful now. Gmail doesn't give VOIP in the iOS app, does it? And Google Voice doesn't have it at all for some reason. Pretty misleading title.

The Bogeyman
Feb 23, 2013, 06:36 PM
I've noticed that the old version would occasionally get stuck when it was loading some landscape photos from the newsfeed. The new version seems to have stopped that. I only had that problem on my iPad and not on the iPhone. However, it seems much smoother than it was before. This is just my personal experience with it.

ScoobyMcDoo
Feb 23, 2013, 07:10 PM
Wow what an amazing feature! Now I can make voice calls on my phone! ... oh wait...

Detrius
Feb 23, 2013, 08:03 PM
I experienced the complete opposite. My newsfeed loads much quicker and scrolling it is smoother. The whole app feels more smooth actually.

Me too! I'm no longer waiting 20 seconds on my iPad 3 for it to respond to tapping on a picture.

C DM
Feb 23, 2013, 08:35 PM
Good, maybe it'll actually be useful now. Gmail doesn't give VOIP in the iOS app, does it? And Google Voice doesn't have it at all for some reason. Pretty misleading title.Misleading title?

As for Google (Voice), Talkatone app (or other similar ones like GV Phone) can be used for VoIP calling through Google.

Tubamajuba
Feb 23, 2013, 10:23 PM
And the list of updates I have to refuse seemingly gets longer and longer...

Why do you have to refuse this update? You don't have to use features you don't want to use, and it seems as there are performance increases in this update.

Jeaz
Feb 24, 2013, 07:27 AM
Any idea if Facebook is thinking about challenging Skype on the desktop as well? iOS to iOS user is one thing, but to use it cross platform, including in Windows and OS X, would be a great challenger to Skype.

Fatalbert
Feb 24, 2013, 12:46 PM
Misleading title?

As for Google (Voice), Talkatone app (or other similar ones like GV Phone) can be used for VoIP calling through Google.

Where? I went to voice.google.com, and there was no option to call a number, only SMS. My friend, an avid Google fan, told me to go there. Then he said that it's actually not there and only on gmail.com.

Detrius
Feb 25, 2013, 12:31 PM
Where? I went to voice.google.com, and there was no option to call a number, only SMS. My friend, an avid Google fan, told me to go there. Then he said that it's actually not there and only on gmail.com.

You should read the post to which you responded for an answer to your question.

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Me too! I'm no longer waiting 20 seconds on my iPad 3 for it to respond to tapping on a picture.

Looks like it only took an hour to get back to being slow. Bummer.

C DM
Feb 25, 2013, 02:50 PM
Where? I went to voice.google.com, and there was no option to call a number, only SMS. My friend, an avid Google fan, told me to go there. Then he said that it's actually not there and only on gmail.com.Yeah, you can make and receive (VoIP) calls through your Google Voice number while in Gmail. And you can download a few iOS apps mentioned before that will allow you to make and receive (VoIP) calls via your Google Voice number as well.

That said, that's fairly unrelated to this particular article and its title though.

Fatalbert
Feb 25, 2013, 08:44 PM
Yeah, you can make and receive (VoIP) calls through your Google Voice number while in Gmail. And you can download a few iOS apps mentioned before that will allow you to make and receive (VoIP) calls via your Google Voice number as well.

That said, that's fairly unrelated to this particular article and its title though.

I meant the title "Google Voice". The actual Google Voice page doesn't let you make calls; all I'm saying is that it's really weird that they arranged it like that.

Apple NZ
Aug 24, 2013, 08:11 AM
Looks like free calling through the Messenger app is now available in NZ