Facebook extends free Messenger voice calling to U.K.


Two months after adding free VoIP calling to the North American versions of its standalone Messenger application for Apple's iOS, Facebook is expanding the feature to the U.K. market, enabling users to make free calls criss-crossing both sides of the Atlantic.

Facebook Messenger allows users to call other iOS device owners via Wi-Fi or cellular data connection. To initiate a call, consumers open a conversation with their Facebook friend, tap the "i" button in the top-right corner and click Free Call. Recipients will receive a push notification indicating someone is attempting to reach them.

Facebook launched Messenger in mid-2011 in an effort to steer users away from conventional operator SMS solutions, and the expansion of international voice options promises to further escalate the threat posed to carrier services. Facebook now touts more than 1 billion users worldwide, with roughly 680 million accessing its platform via mobile. Article