There’s been a lot of social media buzz about the app permissions required for the Facebook Messenger app. I addressed some of the concerns in this article. One of the reasons that the messenger app needs the option to make and receive phone calls is that you can use the Messenger app to make voice calls over WiFi. Right now that function is only available to iPhone users.
This can be great if you don’t have a very large plan for phone calls or if you happen to be in an area where roaming fees might apply. It could potentially save you a lot of money.
VoIP calls (Voice over Internet Protocol) is a method of delivering calls over the Internet that has dealt a blow to phone companies. It’s the same technology that Skype and other messaging apps use to permit voice calls. Just as new technology has gradually meant the end of expensive long-distance plans, VoIP makes it easy to call out of the country at no additional fee and to avoid roaming charges on your cell phone as long as you can find a WiFi connection.
Facebook very much wants to get into the messaging business. They spent $16 billion to purchase WhatsApp. Integrated voice, text, video and picture chat appears to be the future of communication.