Facebook Rolls Out Free Phone Calls
They're available via iPhone's Messenger app
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 17, 2013 1:52 PM CST
A girl logs into Facebook on her iPhone.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – Facebook is quietly rolling out a new feature that could fundamentally change the way you make calls. A free call button has appeared in Facebook's Messenger app for iPhone, allowing users to place a call over Wi-Fi or their cellular data network to their friends, the Verge reports. Facebook had been testing the feature in Canada since earlier this month, and it was being expanded to US users beginning yesterday. In the Verge's tests, the call quality sounds good.

There's no video feature yet, nor any word on when the service will be available on Android or through the main Facebook site, but odds are those things are in the works. Of course, VoIP calling isn't exactly new—Google and Skype have long offered apps of their own—but Facebook is different, Chris Gayomali at the Week points out, because "the slice of smartphone owners who are also on the billion-person-plus social network is considerable and growing larger by the day."

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Eat_Eateator
Jan 18, 2013 9:09 AM CST
Or you can use the free phone service that has come with your gmail account for like 3 years that includes txting and voicemail aka Google Voice...
cmueller56
Jan 17, 2013 7:41 PM CST
Another way for them to collect data on you and focus advertising by what is said in your conversations. The can use voice recognition software and take keywords your are saying. Store that in a database and use that for marketing purposes. It is not free, you are giving them something valuable. Be careful of what you talk about when using this "Free" service. Nobody does anything for free, especially corporations.
milhousemn
Jan 17, 2013 3:16 PM CST
I thought the whole purpose of facebook was that people could have hundreds of friends without actually talking to them?