Facebook For iOS Updated: Free Calling Now Possible

By Prarthito Maity email: p.maity@mobilenapps.com | Feb 23, 2013 10:32 AM EST

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Good news for all the Facebook users on iOS.

Per reports, the Facebook app for iOS-based devices has now been updated by the company to include a boatload of features that makes the app more user-friendly.

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The app will now support free user-to-user calling. This new feature was already present inside Facebook's standalone Messenger app, but has now been introduced in the company's primary app, which has a much larger install base.

What this means is that now millions of people who have Facebook installed on their iPhones can now make and receive calls over Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection. To make a call to another Facebook user, what the user needs to do is just open a chat with that person, tap the "i" button in the top-right corner, and tap Free Call.

Apart from that, version 5.5 of the Facebook app includes a new button design that makes Liking, commenting, and sharing stories easier.

“While Facebook for iOS works on both iPhone and iPad, it appears that free calling hasn't been activated for Apple's tablet. It's also worth remembering that free calling only works in the US and Canada, though we'd expect it to roll out to other countries at some point in the future,” The Verge adds.

“Now that Facebook for iOS includes the feature, there's one less reason to use an app like Vonage, Skype, or Viber to call friends and family nearby. While not everyone likes Facebook, its massive mobile install base means this feature has a real shot at widespread adoption.”

The Facebook app, as of now, lets users See what their friends are up to, share updates, photos and videos, get notified when friends like and comment on the posts, text, chat and have group conversations, and play games and use other favorite apps.

The new post for the app has the following to offer:

New button design makes it easy to like, comment and share posts in News Feed.

Improved buttons to like, comment and share posts

Share button to re-post stories from your News Feed now available in all languages

The app is currently available in English, Bokmal, Norwegian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, and Turkish.

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