Facebook for iOS gets free calls starting in the US and Canada

Facebook for iOS gets free calls starting in the US and Canada
As we all know by now, Facebook uses its Messenger app as something of a beta test for new features. New features pop up in that app first, and if all goes well, it gets bumped up to the big leagues in the main Facebook app. About a month ago, Facebook updated Messenger with free voice calls between users, and now that feature has gotten the call to the show, although to start it will only work between users in the US and Canada.

At first, the feature was only available to iOS users in Canada through the Messenger app, but now anyone on iOS in the US and Canada can call each other for free. Call can be made over WiFi or cellular connection, but it seems like it only works on the iPhone, not the iPad. It's expected that the feature will roll out to more countries eventually. 

It's a cool feature, but it's kind of annoying that after pushing to make the Facebook Android app native, the company seems to be ignoring Android again. Voice calling still hasn't even come to the Messenger app on Android, but it has made the rounds on iOS and is in the main Facebook app. It's a shame that Facebook made it seem like the company was dedicated to Android only to go back to putting all of its resources into iOS first

If you want to get the Facebook app for iOS, just jump over to the iTunes App Store.

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7 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2931; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

It's always iOS first. It's the OS that matters to developers. Other mobile OSes can wait and twiddle their thumbs .... Ready for thumbsdown from the fandroids. /popcorn

2. axllebeer

Posts: 271; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Not going to give you the almighty "thumb down" for stating the way it goes. Things like this and new games always hit iOS before Android unless they happen at the same time. That said, looking forward to selling my iPad mini for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 as soon as I find a buyer. :)

4. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I would just edit your statement to be clear you mean "It has always been iOS first", because I don't think the trend will last through next year.

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Exactly, very well said! Argument that everything first comes for iOS is not true anymore. The same story with argument that there is no good quality apps for Android.

8. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

many developers just make the ios app and then port it to android, next year, a few apps may release at the same time for both the platforms, but most of the apps and games will come first to ios......but its okay, i think making apps for bb and wp os is more important than trying to bring apps to android on day one

9. StevenFranklin

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

who cares why even bring it up

3. menny07

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

We android users will just wait. Simple :)

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