Apr 24, 2015

    iOS users can soon make voice calls on WhatsApp

    WHATSAPP launched a voice-calling feature for its Android users about a month ago, promising that support for iOS would come soon. Now, it appears that moment has arrived.

    WhatsApp v2.12.1 on the Apple App Store supports WhatsApp Calling, allowing iOS users to make calls to friends and family using their device's Internet connection.

    WhatsApp calls will make use of users' data plans and could help to circumvent the costly per-minute charges for overseas calls made using their service provider's voice-call service.

    WhatsApp v2.12.1 for iOS also supports iOS 8 share extension, which allows users to share photos, videos and links directly from other apps to WhatsApp.

    A quick camera button has also been added to chats, enabling users to capture photos and videos from within a chat easily and select a recent photo or video to send from the camera roll.

    But if you've already downloaded the update and can't use the voice-call feature yet, fret not. Support for WhatsApp Calling will become available to users over the next few weeks.

    WhatsApp recently announced that it had hit 800 million monthly active users and was on track to hit one billion by year's end. The app has already eaten into a significant portion of cellular carriers' SMS revenues, and looks poised to do the same for voice calls.