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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 Facebook Brings Voice Messages & VoIP Calling To Its Messenger App [Updates] Facebook Brings Voice Messages & VoIP Calling To Its Messenger App [Updates] In an attempt to keep up with the booming development of text and voice messages, Facebook has released a significant update to its Messenger app, adding two new important features: free VoIP calls (currently Canada... Read More  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 Facebook Announces "Home", A Social Homescreen For Android [Updates] Facebook Announces "Home", A Social Homescreen For Android [Updates] Android users will soon have a new way to connect with their friends and family. Facebook announced on Thursday that it is releasing "Home", a homescreen replacement app designed to provide Android users with a... Read More , 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?

Source: The Verge

  1. Jean-Michel A
    April 24, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    It won't hurt but i like skype respectively and love google voice however i'll try but skype and google is best but all they are doing is tracking our buying habits anyway ...soo..

  2. Richard Borkovec
    April 23, 2013 at 5:37 am

    I probably won't use it personally, but it really just adds to the list of VOIP apps.

  3. Brandon Ragoo
    April 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    For security reasons no

  4. android underground
    April 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Smart move by Zuck et al. I wonder what facebook is gonna do with your calls.Ty Throw in a voice recognition program so they can now tailor their ads Gmail-style?

    Call your sister, tell her "Starbucks refused my credit card yesterday. I'm so ashamed! Promise you won't tell anyone!" and suddenly your Facebook feed fills up with ads for payday loans. Tell your mother it's that time of the month again and face a Facebook full of tampax ads... Say "Google+" and Zuck sends out the black helicopters.

    Facebook Messenger lost the battle with WhatsApp, nobody uses their Facebook email address (you probably didn't even know you had one), but if Facebook VoIP catches on their advertisers can tap into things you'd never ever share on your Facebook wall.

  5. Tom Six
    April 22, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Wow, this is odd...Facebook and Android, I thought they were not "friendly". But I like it...good for all Android users, but still love and use Google Voice.

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