If your Facebook friends have smart phones, a new app launched by Vonage today means you can call them for free. The Vonage Mobile application for Facebook lets you call your Facebook friends for free anywhere in the world, as long as they also have the app.
Unlike with services such as Skype, the integration with Facebook means there’s no need to dial or remember a separate screen name – users can just click on a friend within Facebook and start talking. When placing a call, the friend’s profile picture and status update display on the screen. The phone rings for an incoming call, even if the app is closed.
The downloadable app is available for Android phones in 48 countries and for iPhone or iPod Touch (iPad version coming soon) in 87 countries. It’s available at the Vonage fan page on Facebook or vonage.com/talkfree, as well as the iTunes store and Android market, and is free to get and use. The service works over Wi-Fi and 3G /4G networks in most countries.
Vonage chief executive Marc Lefar said the company planned to expand the service in the future. “This is just the start,” he said. ” In the future we will expand on this service to include a wide range of integrated voice and messaging services that change the way people communicate.”
It seems paying for phone calls could soon be a thing of the past. However, if you don’t have an unlimited data plan, you’d best check with your carrier to see if any charges apply.
Vonage has a video demonstrating how the app works, which we’ve embedded below.