Facebook’s big launch this week was all about its unusual new search engine, but it’s quietly rolled out something that’s potentially even bigger. Just as we predicted last week, it’s turned on free voice calling in its mobile Messenger app: is this the Skype slayer of Microsoft’s nightmares?
We told you how Facebook was testing voice messaging on its iPhone app with Canadian Apple fans, but now it’s switched on free voice calling for iPhone users in the US. If you’ve got Facebook Messenger installed, you can simply call another contact with it by tapping their name: it won’t cost a thing, save for the data you use, potentially meaning millions of people could drop to a cheaper monthly tariff with fewer minutes.
Now, there are plenty of options for internet phone calls on mobile already – even BlackBerry Maker RIM lets you do it over Wi-Fi with BBM. But a Facebook take on the Skype call could be huge: it already has a billion users, so most of your mates will be on there already, and because their accounts are tied to their names, you won’t have to add any fiddly new usernames to an address book.
Right now it’s not clear when or if Facebook will bring free voice calling to the UK, or to its Android app, but we wouldn’t be surprised if both were on the horizon.
What do you make of the move? Would you use Facebook as a phonebook? Shout up with your thoughts in the comments below!
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