WhatsApp appears to be setting up a "call via Skype" feature

WhatsApp appears to be setting up a
For more than a year now, we've been hearing rumors about a voice call feature for the popular messaging app WhatsApp. Some of the rumors even pre-date Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp for $21 billion (that's right, with a b). Some other messaging apps, like Skype and BBM, already offer voice calling.

But based on a string of code, WhatsApp plans on offering a feature called "Call via Skype." Other features confirmed by the string include Call Mute, Call Hold, Call back, Call me in X minutes, Call back message, Call Via Skype, Call Notifications and Separate screen for call logs. We've also seen images that supposedly reveal what a phone call using WhatsApp will look like.

Also, a "Driving Mode" for WhatsApp also appears to be in the works. This would be akin to placing a Do Not Disturb sign on your phone while you are behind the steering wheel. Additionally, there might be a feature that will allow WhatsApp to read your messages to you while you are driving.

Thanks for the tip!

source: MakTechBlog



1. rowdysheeter

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

What is the use. soon, like in India, everyone will charge extra for all voip services.

2. RajRicardo

Posts: 495; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Nope. That decision has been trashed.

3. avinash22i

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Ya.... Not gonna happen... The service provider that come up with the brilliant idea... Got left and right response from the public and they fell in line back again...

4. rowdysheeter

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Well, the news is this: "'In view of the news reports that a consultation paper will be issued shortly by TRAI on issues relating to services offered by OTT (over the top content) players including VoIP, we have decided not to implement our proposed launch of VoIP packs,' Bharti Airtel said in a statement today." TRAI may well allow for some ways of charging extra for voip services, isn't it?

5. Enddo

Posts: 53; Member since: May 26, 2014

This is disappointing. I thought they were coming out with their own technology. They had even talked about it using less bandwidth while maintaining high quality audio. I guess they could have been talking about Skype's tech though. I dunno, this isn't what I was hoping for though. I'll stick with Hangouts and my Google Voice number

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