Following an Android update late last month, instant messaging app WhatsApp has added voice calls to the iOS app.

WhatsApp Gets Voice Calls

The WhatsApp Calling feature is similar to FaceTime Audio and Skype on iOS. While data charges will almost certainly apply if you’re not using it through wifi, in essence, it’s free phone calls.

According to the app update on the iTunes: “Call your friends and family using WhatsApp for free, even if they’re in another country. WhatsApp calls uses your phone’s Internet connection rather than your cellular plan’s voice minutes.”

The calling feature is being rolled out gradually this month so it might not appear straight away for every iOS user but you’ll get in by the end of April.

The new Version 2.12.1 has also added other features like a quick camera button in chat messages so you can put in videos and pictures from your Camera Roll. You’ll also be able to send multiple videos at once as well as being able to crop and rotate those videos.

WhatsApp now has around 800 million active users every month and some say it could even exceed one billion by the end of the year. So while other services like Viber offer the same feature, having all your friends and family already using the service will make using the WhatsApp version a no-brainer.

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