Facebook is looking to expand into yet another corner of your life — vocal communication. Not only did the company just update the Facebook Messenger app with voice messages, but it’s also testing VoIP communications in Canada.
As reported by TNW, everyone who uses the Facebook Messenger app should now be able to send short soundbursts to their friends. However, some users in Canada will also be able to talk directly via VoIP. As TNW explains:
To use the service, Canadian users will be able to log into their Messenger app, open a conversation with the person they want to call, hit the ‘i’ button in the top-right corner and selecting ‘Free Call.’ To send and receive calls, users will need to have the latest version of the app that is available today.
The question is if the ubiquity of having a Facebook account will make this more useful than other VoIP options — such as Skype. Why bother tracking down someone’s Skype handle when you know they’re your friend on Facebook?