At its press event last Tuesday, Facebook announced neither its long-rumored smartphone nor the much-awaited iPad version of its Messenger app. Instead, it announced a new search tool. Yawn. But no matter, as Facebook has at least made good on its promise of rolling out the VoIP feature in Messenger to more users.
Previously available only in Canada, the new VoIP service allows Facebook Messenger users to call one another for free over Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection.
To initiate a call through Facebook Messenger, just open a conversation with the person you want to call, tap the “i” button, and tap “Free Call.”
That person will then receive a push notification indicating your request for a call. Once he or she accepts, you’re free to engage in an online conversation using your voice instead of text and emoji.
Free voice calling is now available for users in the U.S. through the new version of Facebook Messenger, which was released just hours ago.
The new version of the app also restores, for all users, the option to archive a conversation with a swipe to the right.
Optimized for iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 4.3 or later, the newly updated Facebook Messenger is available now in the App Store for free.