Following the news of Whatsapp’s acquisition by Facebook, Jan Koum announced that Whatsapp will be coming out with free voice calling. And now Facebook has covertly launched its own free voice calling for Android users in India.
According to Firstpost, the company had introduced free voice calling over data connection in US and Canada last March, and has rolled out the feature for users in India now. The users of the Android version of Facebook Messenger will only have to incur data charges for making the calls.
In order to make a call, one will have to select the conversation thread with a contact, and tap on ‘Free Call’ in the drop down menu in the upper right hand corner. Only the contacts who have the messenger installed can be reached, additionally the contacts who already have you as a contact in their phone book will be able to see your number.
The call interface shows the contact’s cover image in the background and the profile image in the foreground. It gives the basic phone call options of Mute, Speaker and minimising the call screen. We tested the messenger calling over 2MB/s Broadband WiFi, and found the voice quality pretty decent. The messenger also asks for an optional feedback at the end of each call.
Android users can download the latest version of Facebook Messenger for Android by clicking here.
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