The Next Web reports that Facebook Messenger for iOS and Android has been updated, adding two new voice-related abilities. Facebook users are now able to record a voice message and send it to friends instead of a text or photo message. The second feature allows users to make a VoIP phone call to your Facebook friends, however this option is still in beta and only available for Canadian users.
Facebook has also said it will also begin the beta testing of a new VoIP calling feature within its iOS Messenger app, allowing users to establish a peer-to-peer connection and make calls without making a dent in their call allowance (although it will use existing data plans).
The only drawback is that voice calls (messages are available to all) will be available to Canadian users of the iOS Messenger app at launch.
To use the service, Canadian users will be able to log into their Messenger app, open a conversation with the person they want to call, hit the ‘i’ button in the top-right corner and selecting ‘Free Call.’ To send and receive calls, users will need to have the latest version of the app that is available today.