No, Facebook didnât announce a phone or its big mobile plans on Tuesday, but it does have a little something phone-related to share today. As first reported by The Verge, Facebook is rolling out a free calling feature in its Messenger app for the iPhone. The feature, which was released in Canada a few weeks ago, lets iPhone users make free calls to other iPhone users who are using the Messenger app. You canât call landline or cellphone numbers.
The update will begin rolling out today in the Messenger app. In the app, select a friend, then the âiâ icon in the upper right hand corner, and you will then see a âFree Callâ option. Facebook confirmed to ABC News that users will not have to update the app for this feature; it will automatically appear for those who already have the app. As with Skype or other mobile VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) services, you can make the calls over Wi-Fi or a 3G, 4G or LTE connection. Wi-Fi is the cheaper option; if you are on a cellular network it will eat at your data plan.