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Facebook's update to Messenger app on iOS allows free calls in the US

Facebook updates Messenger on iOS to allow free calls to be placed to other Messenger users

Trace Hagan | Jan 17, 2013 at 05:01 pm CST (0 mins, 56 secs reading time)

Facebook has updated the iOS version of its Messenger app to allow iPhone users to make free calls to the US over Wi-Fi or cellular networks. The update is expected to be rolled out to Android and BlackBerry in the coming weeks. IN fact, the feature is being slowly rolled out to iPhone users, with not everyone able to use the feature quite yet.

Facebook's update to Messenger app on iOS allows free calls in the US |

To make a call from the iOS app, select the "i" button and select Free Call. This feature is a direct competitor to Google Voice, a service by Google that allows users to make free calls to the US. Google Voice was a lifesaver--and wallet saver--for me while I was in Europe, so having the ability to use my iPhone would be that much better.

However, the app isn't quite as good as Google Voice. To use the free calling, it requires a user's friends to have the app installed on their iPhone and it cannot call a landline, unlike Google Voice. Facebook has stated they are working on an update for BlackBerry and Android to bring the same functionality to those ecosystems.

Last updated: Nov 30, -0001 at 12:00 am CST

Trace Hagan


Trace is a starving college student studying Computer Science. He has a love of the English language and an addiction for new technology and speculation. When he's not writing, studying, or going to class, he can be found on the soccer pitch, both playing and coaching, or on the mountain snowboarding.

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