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Facebook Looking to Replace Google Voice? Launches VoIP to the US via Android’s Facebook Messenger App

April 18, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Last week Facebook launched Facebook Home for Android. I did a quick review of their launcher. I wasn’t all that impressed by it. But that probably has more to do with the fact that I like to be able to easily access my phone app, settings, Google+ and Twitter. Which their launcher makes it a bit harder to do. I also wasn’t the only one that noticed how long it takes just to make a phone call in Facebook Home. I was watching the “All About Android” podcast this week and they too said that it’s a pain to make phone calls when using Facebook Home.

Today, Facebook is rolling out VoIP in the Android version of their Messenger app for the US. Previously it was only available in 23 other countries. And very surprising, was that it was not available in the US first. Usually services like this are US only for a while then spread to other countries, like Google Voice. The addition of VoIP to the Messenger app doesn’t require any type of update from the Play Store either.

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It’s very simple to start a VoIP call in Messenger. Just click the three dots a.k.a. the menu button on the top-right side, then tap “free call”. It’s just that easy. You can do it the same way from Chat heads. Our friends, or are they enemies, over on iOS have had VoIP calling in Facebook Messenger for quite some time now in Canada and in the US. It’s about time that Facebook brought the feature to the larger portion of their userbase.

How many of you would use Facebook Messenger to make all your calls? Or would you just rather use minutes from your carrier or another VoIP service to make calls? Would you use this over Google Voice? Let us know in the comments down below.

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