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Old Jan 16, 2013, 04:26 PM   #1
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Facebook Messenger Now Supports Voice Calling for U.S. Accounts




Earlier this month, Facebook updated its Messenger iOS app with beta support for making VoIP calls between Facebook accounts. That feature was initially limited to Canadian iOS accounts but is now being opened to all U.S. accounts, reports The Verge.

To access voice calling, open the Facebook Messenger app, open a chat with someone, and click the 'i' button in the top right corner. If the feature has been activated -- and the other user also has Facebook Messenger for iOS installed -- there should be a "Free Call" button. If it's greyed out, try tapping it anyway. Facebook is rolling out the feature to all users over the next several days.

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What this means is that if you live in the US, you can now call other Facebook users for free over Wi-Fi or using your phone's data connection while you're on the go. When you call someone, a push notification appears on their screen that says "Ellis Hamburger is calling," for example. The feature is especially critical for people with bad cell service at work or at home, and for those who want to conserve cell phone minutes. It's also a huge step for Facebook -- which with a single feature emerges as one of the largest communities of VoIP users in the world. Yes, competitors Viber, Vonage, and Skype have had the feature for some time, but all have much smaller user bases.
Facebook's efforts create a calling system that can potentially reach its more than 1 billion users, providing a massive competition to other VoIP services like Skype, as well as allowing teenagers using iPod touch devices to make phone calls to friends using Facebook's app.

Facebook Messenger for the iPhone is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Old Jan 16, 2013, 04:27 PM   #2
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 04:29 PM   #3
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Skype is going down...
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 04:53 PM   #4
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Skype is going down...
Skype is still holding on to the fact that it has perhaps the best voice quality of all free voice chat apps.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 04:55 PM   #5
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I was thinking if sometime in the future apple would make a calling service like iMessage where you wouldn't have to pay. would be pretty cool.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 05:08 PM   #6
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I was thinking if sometime in the future apple would make a calling service like iMessage where you wouldn't have to pay. would be pretty cool.
Nah. Even the Facebook app is not all that exciting. How many people still have minute based calling plans? VERY FEW. Or how many people don't have free mobile to mobile calling? (ATT and Sprint let you call any mobile, any carrier).

There's a reason why Skype never became a mega hit (and sort of the bastard step child now adopted by MS). Not many people have a use for it.

People making international calls might benefit from this. Maybe. Then the call quality... Facebook can't even load the feed half the time, and they're going to maintain phone calls?

I do love the pitch in the article, "or when you're not at home in the office, it can use your mobile data connection." Why would you?

There are peolpe who would benefit from this, but it's going to be a largely ignored feature.

This is why Apple would never do this for voice like they did for iMessage. It's not really needed.
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Skype is still holding on to the fact that it has perhaps the best voice quality of all free voice chat apps.
Better than my landline at home in fact.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 09:39 PM   #8
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Better than my landline at home in fact.
Android devices has had voip for years. Its called Google+ or Google Chat that is built into all devices.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 11:33 PM   #9
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Skype is still holding on to the fact that it has perhaps the best voice quality of all free voice chat apps.
That's true but the app quality has been going down since Skype was acquired by Microsoft.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 05:19 PM   #11
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Skype is going down...
They only want it to look that way so that the phone companies don't realize what is happening till it's to late.
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They should integrate it in the regular facebook app. Or better yet, into the iOS dialer just like FaceTime.
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They should integrate it in the regular facebook app. Or better yet, into the iOS dialer just like FaceTime.
Thats possible on android. Unfortunately apple provides no way for developers to integrate that functionality on iOS.
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Skype is going down...
Unlikely but would be deserved.
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What is -106 on the upper left corner of the iphone SS?
You can change the signal strength from bars to decibels without a jailbreak.

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Same thing people said when FB launched their video chat...
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Same thing people said when FB launched their video chat...
That is true..
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I tried it out and Skype has nothing to worry about. The audio quality stunk
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Wow, this is huge. inb4 cell phone companies block this capability.
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Yes, competitors Viber, Vonage, and Skype have had the feature for some time, but all have much smaller user bases.
Skype's user base is quite substantial. Unfortunately, call notifications were not reliable unless Skype was already one of the semi-active apps during the few times I tried over time. I eventually gave up, so I don't know if it has improved since summer.
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Wow, this is huge. inb4 cell phone companies block this capability.
I hope this will be a much more controversial idea than blocking Skype or Viber, because "everyone" is on Facebook. These services shouldn't be blocked as they're the inevitable future.
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Why not just use FaceTime?
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Why not just use FaceTime?
Because, and here's a big surprise, not everyone wants to make a video call...
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