facebook iphoneapp Facebook offers free calls for US iPhone users

Facebook is letting users of its iPhone app make calls in the US for free over Wi-Fi or cellular networks, and is planning to roll out the feature for Android and BlackBerry.

Facebook is letting users of its iPhone app make calls in the US for free over Wi-Fi or cellular networks, and is planning to roll out the feature for Android and BlackBerry.

 
As part of a slew of new features aimed at beating rivals like Google, Facebook users can select the “i” button in the Facebook for iPhone app and select Free Call, a direct challenge to Google Voice, where US customers can make free US calls.
 
Given the popularity of Facebook this could become a major attraction for those looking for a VoIP service, as many users will already have most of their friends using the social network. It would also encourage more people to use the app and keep logging into the website.
 
Unfortunately there are some major flaws in the implementation of the free call feature. It does not allow calls to anyone logged into Facebook, but rather requires them to have Messenger installed on their iPhone. It also cannot call a landline, unlike Google Voice.
 
facebook iphoneapp Facebook offers free calls for US iPhone users
 
Both Android and BlackBerry are set to get similar treatment, with Facebook stating that it is working on an update to the apps for those platforms.
 
While the service is currently restricted to the US, a spokesperson for Facebook said the company is working on expanding the service to other regions. Whether or not it will be free there remains to be seen, as Google Voice involves charges in many other locations.
 
Facebook also unveiled a social search feature this week called Graph Search, another stab at Google and its Google+ social network, the launch of which made the two bitter enemies. This latest debut is certainly not going to help relations, but competition is always good for the consumer.
 
Source: BBC