January 16, 2013
Whoa What: All US iPhone Users Can Now Make Free Phone Calls Via Facebook : No more caring about minutes. Free phone calls over Wi-Fi and 3G/4G! (Dan NosowitzPosted 01.16.2013, Popular Science)
The new feature lets you make phone calls using VoIP, with either a Wi-Fi connection or over your phone's 3G/4G connection, for free. Yep, Skype can already do this, but there's a very good chance more people you know use Facebook than Skype--the Facebook branding and built-in network of people could mean a boost for VoIP like it's never seen before. The only downside might be that calling someone over Messenger doesn't trigger your phone's ringer--instead, it pops up with a notification, just like you've gotten an email or text message.This also, critically, is a major step backwards for the wireless carriers like Verizon and AT&T, who have been wildly overcharging for voice service and text messaging for, well, pretty much ever.
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 16, 2013 6:48 PM