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WhatsApp planning to add voice services this spring

WhatsApp, the popular and recently Facebook-acquired instant messaging (IM) app, will be adding voice to their service sometime in the next few months. That means WhatsApp users — all 465 million and counting — will not only be able to text each other but talk to each other as well.

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Viber announces Viber Out, promising lower cost worldwide calling than Skype

Viber, the popular VOIP calling service, has announced Viber Out, promising worldwide low-cost calling to any regular phone number. Skype already offers a similar service – funnily enough called Skype Out – but Viber's key differentiator is its pricing. More to the point, the promise of seriously undercutting Skype, with credit for calls obtained by way of an in-app purchase.

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Will FaceTime audio bring VoIP calling into regular, everyday smartphone use?

FaceTime audio has been jokingly referred to since its WWDC 2013 introduction by some, as the phone. While this may be amusing to some, the wider picture is something potentially more important. In adding audio only calling to FaceTime, Apple has created their own Skype. And, with it, opened up VoIP to the masses.

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Talk to your Viber friends on your iPhone, iPad and now your Mac with the all new desktop app

Viber, the massively popular VoIP service that allows users to send free texts and pictures and make free calls worldwide for free, has pushed out a huge update to their iOS app. But, that's not all. Along with the update to v3.0, Viber is launching for the first time a desktop client, so Viber users can get the same great service from their Mac as well as their iOS devices.

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Facebook app updated with free calling to U.S., Canada

Facebook for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad has been updated to version 5.5. New features include an improved button design, intended to make commenting, liking, and sharing easier on News Feed posts, and the inclusion of free VoIP calls for users in the U.S. and Canada, something previously introduced in the separate Facebook Messenger app.

VoIP requires Wi-Fi or cellular data. And, of course, reports of bugginess are already coming in... If you've tried out the latest Facebook update, let me know how it's working for you. If you haven't tried Facebook for iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad yet, grab it from the App Store via the link below.

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Facebook Messenger VoIP audio calling comes to the U.S.

Facebook Messenger's VoIP audio calling service, previously exclusive to Canada, has now been expanded to cover users in the Unites States of America.

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Facebook Messenger for iPhone brings free voice calling to Canada

Facebook's messenger app received an update, today, that allows Canadian users to call each other for free over Wi-Fi or cellular data connection. It also gives all users the ability to send quick voice messages. Even though it's currently only available in Canada, VoIP calling through Facebook is a pretty big deal -- imagine being able to call any of your Facebook friends for free. It's only a matter of time before that's a possibility for all Facebook users everywhere.

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Vonage Mobile for iOS offers free calling and texting to other Vonage users

Vonage today launched a new mobile that allows users to send text messages and make calls with Vonage users around the world for free. The app pulls in your iPhone's native address book for quick access to initiating calls.

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Dell Voice brings free VoIP calling service to Canada

Dell Voice today launched in Canada, allowing iPhone owners to get a free phone number with both free incoming and outgoing Canada-wide calls to land lines and mobiles alike.

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iOS 4.1 beta 3 features: FaceTime connections via Email

FaceTime accounts are currently tied to iPhone 4 phone numbers but new reports on iOS 4.1 beta 3 show the option to initiate a FaceTime video call via email address as well.

We've already seen rumors that FaceTime would be tied into Apple or iTunes IDs, and if Apple does indeed plan to roll out the service to future iPod touch and iPad devices with front-facing cameras but without phone numbers, it's a logical and necessary step.

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