Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Jan 2013 22:30 UTC
Internet & Networking "In early January, Facebook began testing free calling over Wi-Fi and cellular data for all Messenger for iPhone users in Canada, and said that a US launch could be coming soon. Apparently, the test went well - a new free calling button has appeared in the app. Facebook has confirmed to The Verge that the feature began rolling out to US users today, and requires no update through the App Store. To make a call to another Messenger for iPhone user, all you need to do is open a conversation with that person, tap the 'i' button in the top-right corner, and tap Free Call." Imagine every Facebook user being able to call every other Facebook user for free. This could be very big.
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andrewclunn
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2012-11-05

The phone carriers are hardly something Apple wants to deal with. Facebook calling could really push voice over IP calling. As wireless internet becomes more ubiquitous (and you know it will) the phone carriers might be threatened by people preferring to use their iPads and other tablets for most calls, leaving actual phone calls and data plans as less necessary. Apple risks nothing here. And it's a nice selling point for their phones and iPad over the competition while it's still iOS only.

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