Whatsapp users on iOS can now use the app to call their contacts over wifi and 4g. Yippee! The VoIP service is similar to Skype except as it’s part of WhatsApp it integrates with your phone contacts without the need for hunting down usernames. Whatsapp users on Android have had this feature for a few weeks now although people who have tried it have reported mixed results.
Whatsapp calls have been in the works for a long time, even before the Facebook acquisition, and it was initially due to roll out last summer. My guess is that the acquisition slowed things a little as they settled into Facebook and integrated the service to the power of Facebook’s network of servers.
Of course Facebook have had calls in their messenger app for quite some time, but I can’t say I’ve used it, nor do I know anyone that has. It will be interesting to see the adoption of calls on WhatsApp over the course of the next year.
Although the iOS update means the app is ready to handle calls, WhatsApp are staggering the roll out over the course of the coming weeks to ensure a stable user experience for everyone. I’m looking forward to giving it a test run, are you?
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