Facebook Messenger Adds Free Voice Calling

Facebook has recently been on a roll with updates, and it appears that the constant add-ons aren’t going to end any time soon. The newest addition from Facebook comes to Android users in the US, who have just received free VoIP voice calling for Facebook Messenger.

The service already added free VoIP calling for Canada’s Android and iOS Messenger users in January, so stateside users haven’t had to wait very long. Messenger’s VoIP calling has extended to 24 countries, but based on the success of recent changes, it would be an unsurprising move for the company to make a global release. According to The Verge, a Facebook engineer stated that the US update for free calling was “only a blip” on the company’s servers.

To make a call, all you have to do is tap the “i” button in a Messenger conversation and select Free Call. If you’re having a conversation using Chat Heads, you’ll have to move things over to Messenger in order for free calling to work.

As mentioned in our last report about Messenger’s free calling in Canada, VoIP isn’t anything new — services such as Skype and Viber have been offering it for a while — but because of Facebook’s close social integration with its users and its recent development of Home for Android, its likely that this will result in more common VoIP usage.

You can download the Facebook Messenger for Android app from the Google Play Store.

This recent seamless integration of Facebook’s mobile features could be the start of a new social networking revolution — especially for those of you who are on Android. With that said, we’d like to know your opinion.

Do you believe that Facebook’s free calling for Android is a good decision? Will you make use of Facebook’s VoIP?

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