A new feature popped up on my Facebook Messenger for iPhone app today. I can now call people, over either wifi or cellular, from the Messenger app.

According to The Verge, this feature started rolling out to US  that the feature began rolling out to US users today, and requires no update through the App Store.  All those rumors about Facebook developing a phone didn’t come true, but they did apparently add calling to their app.

To make the call, open your Messenger app on your iPhone. Select the person you wish to call and then click the small “i” in the top-right of the screen. The resulting dialog gives you an option for a free call – but only if the person is listed as available and online. There is no voice mail in Facebook, you know.

Phone Free from Facebook

As The Verge points out, “It’s also a huge step for Facebook — which with a single feature emerges as one of the largest communities of VoIP users in the world.”

This option is so far only available in the US and to iPhone users, not Android, although that is hopefully coming soon.

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