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TMCNet:  BRIEF: Facebook testing free calling, adds 'push to talk' to app

[January 03, 2013]

BRIEF: Facebook testing free calling, adds 'push to talk' to app

Jan 03, 2013 (Los Angeles Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Facebook has begun to test a feature for its Messenger app that lets users call each other.

For now the test is limited to users in Canada who have the most recent version of the Facebook Messenger app downloaded on an iPhone, Facebook said Thursday.

The feature works much like a Skype call, but there is no video option. The calls can be made via Wi-Fi or on the phone's cellular network using its data plan.

Separately, the social network has released a worldwide update to its Messenger app adding a "push to talk" feature that can be used on both Android and iOS phones.

The feature lets Facebook members record and send short audio messages to each other.

To access the feature, open the Messenger app and begin composing a message. Click the plus sign to the left of the text field and then click "Record Voice." Hold the red button, and record your message, letting go when you are finished.

The recording will be sent immediately.

___ (c)2013 the Los Angeles Times Visit the Los Angeles Times at www.latimes.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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