WhatsApp adds free voice call feature

Whatsapp adds free voice calls feature

WhatsApp has added a new voice calling feature which allows people to ring other users.

The company has released a new version of the app which means people with iPhones can talk to anyone around the world for free.

WhatsApp Calling uses an internet connection rather than your mobile phone's voice minutes, like Skype, FaceTime Audio or Viber.

The new feature will be rolled out "slowly over the next several weeks".

WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum previously announced that the messaging app has 800 million users
Image caption WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum previously announced that the messaging app has 800 million users

The latest iOS version of WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, follows a similar update on Android.

    • Share photos, videos, and links right from other apps.
    • Quick camera button in chats which helps users capture photos and videos, or quickly choose a recent photo or video
    • Edit your contacts from WhatsApp
    • Send multiple videos at once
    • Crop and rotate videos before sending them
Other new features on Version 2.12.1

The iTunes website says the update means users can call "friends and family using WhatsApp for free, even if they're in another country".

You can not use it to call 999 and other emergency services.

As WhatsApp's popularity continues to increase, it's believed the app will continue to experiment with new features.

Some industry experts think that after rolling out voice calling, the company may venture into video calling, something messaging app SnapChat is already experimenting with.

The new calling feature had been expected to come to the app after Facebook took over WhatsApp last year.

Facebook's Messenger app for iPhone already has a similar calling device.

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