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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RE: Free?
by Morgan on Thu 17th Jan 2013 00:06 UTC in reply to "Free?"
Morgan
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It's not great in the US either. Out of the four big carriers, only Sprint has truly unlimited data, but the problem with them is coverage and speed. I think the base 3G is just good enough for VoIP, but it's obvious that the network still prioritizes voice over data. LTE may be better, I don't have an LTE phone yet so I don't know for sure.

Still, I can see the other carriers hanging on to their metered data plans and throwing in "unlimited minutes" to simultaneously combat and profit from this development.

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