SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has brought its VoIP calling Messenger service to iOS devices, and it's available in the UK.
The ability to chat with people you casually know through a social network with a billion users, for free, might have some appeal to users. It might also save some money on phone bills and offer a challenge to Skype and other low cost video-calling services.
Facebook's Messenger VoIP service looks easy. If you are chatting with someone on Facebook using Messenger, you just tap an 'I' button next to their name and then do the same on the 'Free call' option that is presented.
Apple has a similar widget on its Macs, iPhones and associated devices. There Apple calls it Facetime, and it lets you chat over a WiFi connection.
In January Facebook gave its users a glimpse at what a world of easy chatting with people you casually know is like when it updated its messaging system for both iOS and Android users.
Then the service was limited, only allowing people to send a clip of video. Facebook also promised to release it within weeks.
We can wait to try out this new feature as believe it or not, we are not all on Facebook and some of us value our privacy. From what we can ascertain it might be a bit buggy in the early stages, and you might have to steady yourself for some jitter. µ