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Facebook Messenger voice calls now available in the UK on the Android app

The Facebook Messenger Android app is getting free voice calls in the UK. This makes UK the first country outside North America where the functionality is available.
March 28, 2013
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If you’re a Facebook user in the UK, there’s some good news for you – the Facebook Messenger app now lets you make free voice calls.

The feature has started rolling out to UK users of the Android Facebook Messenger app. If you are in the UK and want to use the app, you should know that you don’t need to update it, as the functionality will be added automatically through Facebook’s servers.

The UK rollout happens not long after the iOS app has received the same functionality; the feature had already been available for a while to Canadian and US users of Facebook Messenger. Voice calling works exactly the same way – a new option to call a contact, called “Free call”, is available, said contact gets a push notification, and can accept the call. From then on, your data connection – or WiFi, if it’s available – is used. So, as long as you have a big enough data plan (or a WiFi connection), there’s not much for you to worry about.

I’m very curious to see when voice calling will become available worldwide, because, considering the fact that most people use Facebook (more or less), the feature could become very popular. I mean, who doesn’t like free calls?

Have you used voice calls in Facebook Messenger yet?