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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Bill Shooter of Bul
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At least in the US, I don't think this would be that revolutionary. I have a good deal of minutes I don't use, to the point that they might as well be unlimited.

Plus, this isn't the first free voip app. I mean skype works for free too, right? Or am I missing something?

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phoenix Member since:

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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wojtek Member since:

don't know about iPhone but on Android >= 4.0 Skype is integrated into People app so you simply chose "call using skype" as well as all action with intention "call" have skype listed there.

As for the schema "install, launch, login, etc" - didn't know that you don't have to install FB and then enter your credentials there to log-in ;)

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zima Member since:

Confusingly (WRT this news), Skype does have some integration with FB...

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shmerl Member since:

Is it about VoIP <-> VoIP or VoIP <-> Phone Network?

Edited 2013-01-16 23:38 UTC

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

I was guessing voip to voip. voip to pots would cost facebook additional money to connect to the phone lines. Its also more in line with facebook's strategy to become an all encompassing communication portal.

Plus, I thought I read that the contact had to be online and signed into facebook.

The more features facebook adds, the less I want to use them... and the more fake information I want to add to my profile.

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