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Facebook Messenger App Now Allows Free Voice Calls

by Dan O'Halloran on January 17, 2013

Facebook Messenger AppThe Facebook Messenger standalone app got a big upgrade with free phone calling capability that uses your Wi-Fi or data connection instead of your phone's monthly minutes.

Free calling only works on the iPhone version and only with the Messenger app, not the Facebook app you use to view your Facebook news feed. The person you are trying to contact must have the Messenger app installed and be your Facebook friend. But if all those conditions are met, free phone calls are yours to enjoy by clicking the "i" button in the upper right corner in the app.

There are some drawbacks. There is no leaving a message if they don't pick up or way to tell if someone tried to call you. But if you are using the Messenger app to text a friend and the conversation could go faster over voice, that option is just a click away. And if someone is calling you via the app, you have the option to decline the call.

Only time will tell if this feature is rolled out to other mobile platforms or if features we associate with phone calls, like voice mail, are added.


, News, Phones and Mobile, Mobile Apps, iPhone/iPad Apps, Internet Calling, Blog, Facebook

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From Mary Withrow on January 18, 2013 :: 3:35 pm

I’m not a huge fan of Facebook.  They have some plan behind it, I’m sure. 
I’ve had Google phone for over a year.  It’s great with no limits except out of Country (which you have to pay for).  You can text, phone anyone and any carrier. You can even forward your calls to your home phone or cell.  They still have some kinks, like having to hit the history button to text but otherwise it has been great.  They say it will go to pay though some time this year. 
Skype is another choice which many people love.



From Kay Vetch on January 18, 2013 :: 7:58 pm

I can’t call anyone, even in Canada, without paying my cell phone or landline company big bucks for an international plan.  Do you know if the FB Messenger app will let you call internationally?  That would be a big boon.



From Rene Proulx on March 17, 2017 :: 3:33 pm

can I call from Facebook or gmail


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