i-Phone USERS WHO LIVES IN THE US CAN NOW MAKE FREE CALL TO OTHER FACEBOOK USERS VIA WI-FI OR USING YOUR CELLULAR DATA CONNECTION
In the beginning of january, Facebook started testing free calling for iPhone users in US via WI-FI and cellular data. The test went well, a new free calling button is now added to the iPhone app. The free calling button started appearing in all the iPhones which are present in US, it doesn’t require any kind update through the App Store. To make a free call to another iPhone user, you just need to open a conversation, tap the “i” button in the top right corner and tap free call.
It’s a huge step for Facebook because with this single feature it may become one of the largest communities of VoIP users in the world. Effectively, Facebook is trying to go one level above being an iMessage or SMS challenger by introducing free calling over data connection and Wi-Fi, to challenge even mobile carriers now. Since the free calling feature extends to the iOS family, users who have even an iPod Touch will now be able to make calls using a Wi-Fi connection.
Facebook already had a partnership with Skype since summer 2011, for free video calling inside Facebook’s website, but this can only available to computer, laptop and tablet users.
There is no information from Facebook about an international rollout.