WhatsApp Messenger to Add Voice Calling Later This Year

WhatsApp Messenger to Add Voice Calling Later This Year

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WhatsApp Messenger has announced that it will add voice calling later this year, reports The Guardian. The popular messaging app was just acquired by Facebook for approximately $19 billion.

Founder and chief executive, Jan Koum, announced that voice calling will be introduced initially on iPhone and Android in the second quarter of this year, with BlackBerry and Windows Phone to be updated later.

“I grew up in Russia, we had a telephone line, but a load of our neighbours didn’t. It became a shared resource for the whole apartment complex. People would come and knock on the door and ask to call their family in another city,” said Koum at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. “We’re adding voice to WhatsApp so people can stay in touch with friends and loved ones no matter where they are in the world.”

Koum says that they will have the best voice product out there.

“We use the least amount of bandwidth out there, and have optimised the hell out of it. We’ve made sure the quality is there, though, just like the messaging functions of WhatsApp,” said Koum.

You can download WhatsApp Messenger from the App Store for free. Follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS to find out when the new voice features launch.

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emanuel lawrence - February 28, 2014 at 6:29pm
I have family and friends all over the world and with whats app I have been able to chat, send voice mail, share pictures and video at no cost. With voice calling, it will the ultimate app
Stamps - February 24, 2014 at 9:37pm
What a liar? He had a phone line in communist Russia? Sure a toy phone smuggled from Western Europe perhaps. No way he can do this judging from the bottlenecks his app is experiencing right now. This is a dead app already. Good bye and nice move Facebook buying a loser. You'll soon join their ranks, I'd say.
Archi - February 25, 2014 at 1:10pm
1. Whatsapp is great 2. You are a hater
WilliamHR - February 25, 2014 at 5:38pm
Why you think it's already dead app?
WilliamHR - February 24, 2014 at 6:10pm
Respect! Hope they do it as fast possible
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