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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Most phones integrate Facebook contacts directly into your phone contacts. Don't know if Skype does the same.

If they integrate a simple "Phone via Facebook" feature to the contact page, then this can really become big. Especially if it shows you who's online directly in the contacts app.

Last time I had Skype installed, I had to manually start Skype, login to Skype, wait, find a contact within Skype, then initiate a call.

At least, in theory, this could be big. Depends on the call quality and how well integrated into default apps (contacts/dialer) it becomes. Skype's a pain to use on Android. And there's no iMessage/FaceTime equivalent on Android (that I've found to be easy-to-use).

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