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Facebook Offers Free Calling For iPhone Users
Works Over Both Wi-Fi and Cellular
by Karl Bode 08:43AM Friday Jan 18 2013
A new update for the Facebook Messaging app for iOS devices now allows users to place voice calls to people in their friend list without using plan minutes (though you'll of course still consume cellular data). The company has been testing the functionality in Canada since early this month, and is now deploying the feature to U.S. users starting today. It's services like this one that will inevitably erode wireless carrier SMS and voice revenues, which is why AT&T and Verizon recently switched to shared data plans (read: they jacked up the price of data). Non cellular devices can use it too; any iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 4.3 or higher can now be used to make calls to Facebook friends.

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tdouglas22

join:2001-09-25
Memphis, TN

Very cool

I'm anxious for the Android version of this app.

aztecnology
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Murrieta, CA

Re: Very cool

I guess its cool if you don't already have unlimited calling or 6000 rollover minutes...
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bluex

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Gatineau, QC

Re: Very cool

That Facebook feature is great if you have a lot of international friends@

linicx
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United State

Too bad

Too bad the website is not Mac friendly, too.
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David
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I just did a call with it.

Impressive... I could use it when I call the wife.

fonzbear2000
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Saint Paul, MN

Skype already does this with video

This is no big deal because Skype lets you do this and video chat as well and it's available for both iPhone and Android phones. My dad video chats with his brother who lives in Thailand all the time.
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IowaCowboy
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I have several friends with iPhones

I have several friends with iPhones so I may use this feature. I have 36 friends on Facebook, but they are all friends I knew from my school days or friends of friends.

You see people with 500+ friends. I don't think I'd want that many people I've never known before knowing about my personal drama. I have zero friends in Springfield, MA on my Facebook friends list. I have no friends in Springfield but have some acquaintances. All my friends are from Cedar Rapids, IA but many of them moved away (one lives in Milwaukee, another moved to Des Moines, another moved to South Carolina, etc). My neighbors (who are in a downward spiral) are on my block list. I also have three of my cousins on my friends list but they're listed as family members.

chip89
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join:2012-07-05
Independence, OH

Free

I'm with sprint so for me This is a way to get around using Minutes