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|No, Facebook didn’t announce a phone or its big mobile plans on Tuesday, but it does have a little something phone-related to share today. As first reported by The Verge, Facebook is rolling out a free calling feature in its Messenger app for the iPhone. The feature, which was released in Canada a few weeks ago, lets iPhone users make free calls to other iPhone users who are using the Messenger app. You can’t call landline or cellphone numbers.|
The update will begin rolling out today in the Messenger app. In the app, select a friend, then the “i” icon in the upper right hand corner, and you will then see a “Free Call” option. Facebook confirmed to ABC News that users will not have to update the app for this feature; it will automatically appear for those who already have the app. As with Skype or other mobile VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) services, you can make the calls over Wi-Fi or a 3G, 4G or LTE connection. Wi-Fi is the cheaper option; if you are on a cellular network it will eat at your data plan.