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.
WhatsApp has become one of the most popular ways to connect with people over cellphones these days. While the app is free on Android for first year and comes with a $0.99 yearly subscription plan, the app needs $0.99 as one-time payment for iOS. According to a tweet on the WhatsApp Twitter account, the app is now free for iOS, this offer is valid for limited time in celebration of the holiday season.
“Happy Holidays! WhatsApp for iPhone is free for a limited time. Tell your friends!”
Though the company has given no indication of exactly how long the “limited time” is going to last, it could be safe to assume that it will last throughout the holiday season and will go back to its normal money-costing ways after December 25.
Apple has just released iOS 6.0.2 update for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini only, it is released to fix a bug that could affect the connections and speed of Wi-Fi connectivity. Apple has already tried to fix this once before with iOS 6.0.1 update.
The update is currently available in iTunes only, as the OTA software update tool on devices is returning an error. Users are having issues with both the iPhone 5 and iPad mini when connecting to WiFi networks, with limited range and speeds becoming fairly annoying. Hopefully this update fixes the issue.
You can plug your device into iTunes to install the update, or wait for the OTA system to come back online. iOS 6.0.2 update don’t list any other improvements.