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Facebook Rolls Out Free VoIP Calling to U.S. Android Users

By - Source: TechCrunch | B 7 comments

Android users in the U.S. are finally getting VoIP calling.

Earlier in January, Facebook introduced an option for Canadian iOS users to call their friends via Facebook's Messager app. Later that same month, Facebook rolled out the feature in the United States. Now, it seems Android users in the United States are finally getting a taste of that VoIP goodness.

VoIP via Facebook Messenger has been available to Android users around the world for quite a while, but TechCrunch reports that U.S.-based Android users should be able to call friends by tapping the 'i' button inside Facebook Messenger any time now. Facebook told TC that its rolling the feature out to users today. Now Android users can call Facebook users and vice versa, without either party having to worry about using up their minutes. It also positions Facebook to better compete with Viber and other services that already allow smartphone users to make free calls over data networks.

The launch of this new feature on Android brings Facebook one step closer to world domination as the social network integrates itself into everything users do on their desktops, tablets and smartphones. What was once a social network for connecting classmates has evolved into a fenced-in network packed with its own websites, games, email system and instant message service. Now, in 2013, Facebook is taking advantage of today's technology by expanding into mobile devices.

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    slomo4sho , April 20, 2013 12:37 PM
    Because installing Skype is too hard...
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    otacon72 , April 20, 2013 6:46 PM
    Facebook and Android... they are made for each other with their Swiss cheese security.
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    computerfarmer , April 20, 2013 9:43 PM
    It is nice of them to offer something, but if it is like the rest of Facebook, there is no real help when a real problem arises. If you complain for the lack of help, they ban you. I have moved to google+ to post my photos(nature) and enjoy their video conferencing with friends. I already use Skype.
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    Anonymous , April 21, 2013 5:06 AM
    "...brings Facebook one step closer to world domination..." LOL, what is that all about? Google has been offering free VOIP calls to anywhere in the U.S. and I believe Canada for nearly 3 years. GOOG is worth much more than FB I recall. I don't see Google invading any countries and planting their flag much less team Zuckerburg. Sure, Facebook is going to get a few million more people to sign up because of this. Dominate the world? I don't even think they will dominate the internet.
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    Anonymous , April 21, 2013 5:07 AM
    As far as Facebook being an "all in one" fenced in network: the more they change the site and the more "features" they add, the less I seem interested in it. I think FB hit its peak after they came out with the "wall" and everything after that was useless. Chat has been around since AOL. Video chat. MSN did that in the late 90's. All those worthless little flash games could be played on the web without the need of a FB account, but 90% of the people who play them probably don't know that.
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    Anonymous , April 21, 2013 5:09 AM
    Final battle, FIGHT! "...what was once a social network for connecting classmates..." has actually DEVOLVED into a place for political extremists to rant and a place for your frenemies to stalk you through tagged pics and wall posts. Not to mention a free site to hook up with old high school booty calls. It does have its uses.
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    gggplaya , April 22, 2013 6:32 AM
    This is great for when i travel because only my android friends have it so i can chat or call their phone with VOIP, and i only have like 2 people actively on skype. Whereas, everyone is on facebook, and most logged in with their phones or on their computer at any given time.
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