Facebook Messenger Now Supports Voice Calling for U.S. Accounts

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    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]

    Article Link: Facebook Messenger Now Supports Voice Calling for U.S. Accounts
  2. Aidan5806 macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2012
  3. MrDc2 macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2013
  4. ppc_michael Guest


    Apr 26, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Wow, this is huge. inb4 cell phone companies block this capability.
  5. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    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.
  6. The Economist macrumors 6502

    The Economist

    Apr 4, 2011
  7. CGagnon macrumors regular


    Jun 24, 2007
  8. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    Rumors of our editor never smiling are obviously false.. :p

    Back on topic, I am looking forward to this for some contacts, however the ability for more people to call me (I have too many people on my FB) is going to get annoying. Thankfully we can still remove our phone Numbers from our friends view, at least we can currently.
  9. Ichabod. macrumors regular

    Oct 1, 2012
    Good to see more implementation of this feature in spite of AT&T's frustrating policies.

    Of course, I'd actually need a facebook account to use this, but it's a step in the right direction.
  10. ineedanewwallet macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2010
    Because, and here's a big surprise, not everyone wants to make a video call...
  11. ThirteenXIII macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2008
    from my understanding it can be used on different platforms? or is it just iOS?
    same convenience through a different interface

    does this work over cellular? if so, people with unlimited data may be able to take advantage of it..
  12. Szarky macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2010
    Plus the fact that Skype holds a connection better than FaceTime does is pretty emberassing for Apple. My sister told me about it when she tried iPhone 5 to iPhone 5 with her friend, I thought it must have been a rare problem but then I tried with my iPhone 4S and the connection kept cutting out with an error message. Tried Skype right after, no error messages or black screens, the video might have been a bit choppy but it kept the connection at least.
  13. rcalderoni macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2011
    Another thing to add to the 'download archive of your Facebook data'? "Download all past calls and voice mails..." that have been conveniently recorded for you. :D
  14. 50548 Guest

    Apr 17, 2005
    Currently in Switzerland
    More privacy-loving crap from Mark Sugarloaf? No, thanks.
  15. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    Skype is still holding on to the fact that it has perhaps the best voice quality of all free voice chat apps.
  16. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    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.
  17. ProVideo macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2011
    I can't wait for Facebook to announce they are changing their TOS agreement so that they have the right to use your voice calls for any commercial use they see fit.

    Entrusting phone calls and any other personal information to Facebook is like trusting a convicted child molester to develop photos of your kids. You might get the desired results, but if you saw what they did with your data in the process, you would likely feel sick and regret it.
  18. LaazyEye macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2010
    That's the price you pay for free.
  19. Radio macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    Nobody uses FaceTime

    And not everyone has an iPhone


    Okay that won't happen

    I can't wait for apple to record your keystrokes

    Please let me borrow your tin foil hat
  20. pookynubber macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2010
    Be Free?

    so does this mean the end of the crappy pricing strategies? first it was minimal minutes, then they tried to overcharge on messages (cause it used SO SO much data) then they tried to limit facetime and data....

    they will want to get their money somehow but does this mean we can just use an iPhone with only a data connection? they exist but it's hard to get on one.... i believe they exist for folks that aren't able to here..
  21. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    LOL...and not everyone has an iPhone!
  22. pookynubber macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2010

    so i could use the Sprint plan with UNLIMITED data with my iPhone 5. 40 per month? awesome. i currently only pay $50/month for unlimited data but 500 minutes. i guess i'd be able to use skype for companies and such....hmmmm
  23. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
    Better than my landline at home in fact.
  24. MacAddict1978 macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2006
    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.
  25. Freebee macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2012

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