Some of you may have already noticed that that WhatsApp seems to have sprouted an extra tab at the top of the screen, and the popular messaging app has begun rolling out it’s Calls feature to everyone who owns the app. Who wouldn’t like voice calls over data?
The new user interface will now have three tabs: Calls, Chats and Contacts, and to initiate a voice call you just need to tap the dialer icon that’s available in the chat (on the upper right) to start the call or head directly to the Calls tab and pick a contact you wish to call. The only caveat is both users need to have the latest version of the app for the voice calling feature to work.
If you don’t have it yet, you will be getting it really, really soon.
WhatsApp has been working on having Voice Calls on its instant messaging platform. Now it appears that the voice call service up and running but it is activated by invitation only.
The latest feature to hit WhatsApp was discovered by Reddit user pradnesh07. According to him, you’ll need to be running on a newer WhatsApp Android app version 2.11.508 which isn’t available on the Google Play Store right now. However you can download it as an APK file.
By default, the voice call feature is hidden and you’ll need to receive at least one call to have it activated permanently. If you don’t have anyone with voice calling feature yet, there is a workaround but this requires a root device and running a line of code in terminal.
At the moment, WhatsApp hasn’t made any official announcement yet and it is likely to be open for closed internal testing right now. If you’re adventurous enough, you can give the steps above a try and let us know how it compares against other voice call apps. Check out the video of WhatsApp Voice call in action after the break.
Communication via SMS has taken a dive, no thanks to instant messaging service like WhatsApp. Now the Facebook acquired messaging service aims to take on the voice segment with its own VOIP (Voice over IP) feature. This has been rumoured for quite sometime now but its leaked screenshots indicate that it could be rolled out very soon.
From the latest images, the calling feature is well integrated into its current interface and the call log would also appear within the chat history itself. What’s unconfirmed right now is whether they would offer paid voice calls to actual phone numbers like Skype and Viber. Since WhatsApp is a free instant messaging, it could be limited to WhatsApp enabled phone numbers during its initial release.
As long as you’re on a generous internet data plan or have easy access to WiFi hotspot, this could potentially disrupt voice usage like how it did to SMS. The developers at WhatsApp appear to be on a roll ever since they introduced their hotly-debated blue ticks. They recently announced a much secured end to end encryption for Android users and a web version is said to be in the pipeline as well.
Check out the additional WhatsApp Voice screenshots after the break.
It’s pretty nifty app. If you have a Yes ID, you can make calls using an iPad or iPod touch. At the same time you can even give your iPhone a second number by using the app. The biggest benefit of the app is you save a bundle when you call Malaysia from overseas using because the app uses the internet to connect you through. Each call using Yes Life from anywhere in the world is treated like a local call and you pay local call rates.
So that’s the gist of Yes Life for iOS. It’s useful but it’s not perfect. Although you can use it with an iPad, the app’s UI is not optimised for the iPad, so it is a bit of chore to use. Sending SMS to multiple numbers is a pain as well because the app only allows you to send one SMS to one number at a time and we really hate that there’s no Bluetooth support especially when using the app with an iPad.
In the US, a company called toktumi has an app for both Android and iOS that is remarkably similar to Yes Life iOS, the app is called Line2. Function wise, Line2 and Yes Life are almost identical to each other. Both apps give you a unique number and both allow you to make phone calls to any number via the internet.
The major difference from the two is the interface. On the iPad, the Line2 interface so much better than Yes Life’s. On top of that, Line2 offers additional features like call forwarding, call waiting and 20-person call conferencing.
Features aside, we can’t help but to wonder how much more compelling the Yes Life can be for iPad users if it looked this good.
Head over to after the jump for an introduction video about Line2.
When Skype 2.0 was announced, many were happy to see that Skype voice calls are allowed over 3G Network. Previously you’re only able to make calls via WiFi. However this voice call over 3G feature was expected to end in August with possibility of Skype offering paid subscription.
Now Skype 2.0 has been updated with the ability to handle VOIP running in the background with iOS4 multi tasking capabilities. It is also interesting to note that voice calls over 3G networks has been extended until end of 2010. After that a “small” monthly fee will be applicable if you wish to continue. No details on the “small” monthly fee yet but for now, enjoy Skype to Skype free calls while you can.
You can download Skype from the AppStore.
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For those who talk a lot over Skype with an iPhone will like this. Its new Skype 2.0 now allows free voice calls over 3G network as opposed previously only available if used over WiFi.
The first version of Skype for iPhone only allowed voice call over WiFi as most telcos are concerned about VOIP usage eating up into their voice calls revenue.
This is certainly a welcomed feature but unfortunately this is a time limited until August where Skype may introduce subscription model for iPhone users
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As predicted, P1 has started its Voice service called WiMAX VOiCE. However this is by special invitation which is sort of a friendly user trial programme.
As an introductory offer, the invited users are given the P30 plan which comes with RM30 worth of talk time at only RM20/month.