News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday January 17, 2013.
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Apple iPhone users can make free VoIP calls using the latest version of the Facebook Messenger iOS app. Previously available in testing for Canadian users, Facebook has made it possible for U.S. members to place calls in Messenger without using minutes from their monthly calling plan.
The data-based voice calls are part of Facebook's efforts to make its Messenger app an all-encompassing solution for communication. The app, which already supports instant chat and recently added the ability to leave voice messages, now provides an instant calling option. Calls are accessible by choosing a contact and then pressing the "i" button in the top-right corner. The following page should then reveal a "Free Call" button to place the call, but that may not always be an option. Messenger voice calls require an iPhone in the U.S. or Canada, and the feature is rolling out in stages to users, so some Facebook members may not be available for calls.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.