Facebook Free Calls: Are you the type of person who is always looking to save a dime here and there? If so, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) have something for you.
According to an article late yesterday on CNET, “Facebook has updated its Messenger for iPhone application to allow people in the U.S. to make free voice calls to their social network friends.”
Like most, you probably love the fact that you will be able to make free calls. This may not mean much to everybody, especially those with robust cellular calling plans, but it is something to consider nonetheless.
If you are a member of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and have an Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone, you can take advantage of the “free call” button inside the application. All you have to do is click the button. From there, the call will go through via Wi-Fi, and if that does not work, the data connection for your particular plan.
In early January, this feature was first made available to residents of Canada. At that point, it was pretty obvious that those in the United States would be gaining access soon enough.
Here is more information from the CNET article:
“The calling functionality makes Messenger into more than just an SMS or iMessage challenger. Now Facebook is potentially a bona fide threat to carriers. But the bigger play here is for teen attention.”
“With free calling, Facebook has built itself a large enough straw to drink out of the fountain of youth. Teens carry around iPod Touches and smartphones with limited or shared voice and data plans. Even if texting is their first love, they probably still want to make actual phone calls on occasion.”
Is Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) the first game in town? Are they the first company to offer this sort of service?