WhatsApp To Release Voice Calling for Windows Phone, iOS

The free voice feature introduced recently by online messaging service WhatsApp is currently available only for Android users, but now the company seems ready to roll it out to other platforms. WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton announced recently that the voice calling feature will soon come to iOS users, although platform restrictions are delaying implementation of that feature.

And in an e-mail reply to a Windows Phone user, the WhatsApp support team revealed that WhatsApp voice calling for Windows phone is EUin the works.EU

The communication didnEUt specify an exact timeframe for the release of WhatsApp voice calling for Windows Phone users, however. "We cannot comment on any future release timelines but we appreciate your interest in WhatsApp Calling," read the communication from WhatsApp. The e-mail response from WhatsApp was first reported by WM Power user.

Available on Android

At a recent event, Acton said that the voice calling feature will be rolled out to iOS users in two or three weeks. In fact, itEUs not totally certain whether the new feature will reach iOS or Windows phones first.

WhatsApp worked on a voice calling app last year before launching it on Android in March. Android users were able to get the feature last month without activation, but they did have to update to the latest version of the app.

We reached out to Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research, who told us any new version of WhatsApp might not be seen as a big deal in the United States, but probably would be elsewhere. When almost everyone has unlimited calls on their cellphone plans, the value of making free calls just isn't that great, he said.

"Of course, WhatsApp is really big in many countries where flat-rate calls aren't the norm on cellular, and both texting and calling is pretty expensive, so I'd expect it to...

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