Facebook Messenger for iPhone Allows You to Chat And Make Free Audio Calls Through VoIP

By , Feb 22, 2011

A new app called Facebook Messenger has been receiving a lot of attention in the press lately. It is the premiere app from the CrispApp developers.

I was a tad skeptical of Facebook Messenger when I first started reading about the app. There are a great deal of Facebook-related apps in the App Store, and I was curious about what made Facebook Messenger stand out.

Facebook Messenger is a clean and well-designed chat application for Facebook, but that’s not all. The app also allows you to make free audio calls to your Facebook friends straight from your iPhone.

Facebook Messenger’s official description,

“Facebook Messenger is the best way to stay in touch with all your Facebook friends and the ultimate Voice Chat app that allows you to call your friends for free. Built specifically to improve your Facebook chat experience, Facebook Messenger connects millions of Facebook friends through VoIP so they can talk to one another. Delivering what is lacking with today’s Facebook chat functionality, Facebook Messenger is THE must-have app for Facebook users around the world.

Additional cool features allow users to easily send pictures, browse message history, view a friend’s wall, use emoticons, receive instant replies with Apple Push Notifications, and setup sound notifications and multi-tasking support – all right from within the app. Facebook Messenger is a great way to get connected and stay in touch!”

Unlike other Facebook-related apps, Facebook Messenger boasts a very clean interface with a nice set of features. The chat functionality isn’t anything special compared to other similar apps. You can view your Facebook chat lists and carry on multiple chats at once.

There are some added features in chat that stand out. The ability to send pictures, view chat history, utilize the iPhone’s push notifications for new messages, and use the in-app browser makes mobile chat through Facebook a comfortable experience.

Where Facebook Messenger really stands out is in its VoIP calling feature. That’s right, you can call any of your Facebook friends for free from your iPhone! (Watch out, Skype.)

The app uses Voice over IP to allow free, internet-based audio calls between the app and any other Facebook user. If the person you decide to call is using the Facebook Messenger app, the call will take place right within the app.

But in most cases, you’ll be calling a Facebook friend that’s at a computer or online through another means besides the Facebook Messenger app. If that’s the case- don’t sweat it. Facebook Messenger will paste a link in your friend’s chat window that will take them to a webpage that runs your call in their browser.

Here’s a video demonstrating Facebook Messenger in action:

You’ve got to admit, that’s pretty dang cool. If you’re a Facebook junkie, Facebook Messenger is the best way to chat and call your friends through your Facebook account. No additional accounts with CrispApp need to be created; the magic happens with one login to Facebook.

If you can’t stay away from Facebook for more than ten minutes, why not help feed the problem with this great app.

Facebook Messenger is available for $2.99 in the App Store.

What do you think about Facebook Messenger? If you download it and call someone, let us know how the experience went. When we tried the app, the call quality was excellent and it worked great.

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  • Jason Masters

    Terrible idea another way for facebook to control all the zombies out there no thanks I’ll just text or call like normal people f;;(k facebook and it’s attempt at world dominion!

  • Kirk

    The push doesnt work on the app.

    • Jason Masters

      Good I hope facebook crashes and burns

      • Kirk

        I’ll just keep using the official facebook app

  • Selcuk

    When it said “call your friends for free” i thought the app itself, was free.

  • Thor

    And this is better than Talkatone or Netalk, how? Oh, they must be a Facebook friend. Great, that is so much better than calling ANY phone number for free.

  • http://about.me/chrisfink TattoozNTech

    if you want to have the ability to call facebook friends for free just grab the FREE app from vonage that lets you do that, without even needing a vonage account. this is just duplicating the functionality of facebook & the free vonage app & charging your $3 for it! everyone thinks this is from Facebook, but it’s from a 3rd party just using the facebook name and taking your $3 in the process… #fail

  • babeh

    nimbuzz available for free voip too. Tested on iphone and symbian.
    Yahoo messenger iphone can call to.

  • Tom

    Hey jason y dont u shut up. If u dont like it just piss off and let those that want to use it in peace. Btw its on sale for .99 and if people want to spend their money on it i think its their business and no concern of yours

    • Jason Masters

      And it’s also no concern of yours what I say if it bothers you piss off too then it goes both ways if my words upset you ignore me or read another post I’m not gonna apologize to you for my opinion fuck off have a nice day.

    • Jason Masters

      And it’s also no concern of yours what I say if it bothers you piss off too then it goes both ways if my words upset you ignore me or read another post I’m not gonna apologize to you for my opinion fuck off have a nice day.And I never said they couldn’t buy it that’s their business you moron

  • Tom

    Hey jason y dont u shut up. If u dont like it just p… off and let those that want to use it in peace. Btw its on sale for .99 and if people want to spend their money on it i think its their business and no concern of yours

  • http://alkass1981.com Malik shahzad

    Hi how are u how I downlod the softer in my iPhone 4 hellp me !!!

  • mars robins

    yup,tom’s right..it’s 0.99 cents now..i have it on my ipod 4g and it works,transmission lag between ipod/iphone and pc is negligible,which one would expect from a flash enabled voip app..for apple fans the audio exchange is excelent between ipods and iphones using the app..it’s almost the official facebook voice chat app only because it’s from a third party developer..@tattooz intsik kang walang ganti..,well the icon simply says” FONE”..