WhatsApp Calling On iOS Is Convenient But The Quality Won’t Blow You Away

TechCrunch

WhatsApp’s new voice calling feature for iOS is decent quality and easy to use, but the experience doesn’t beat dedicated VoIP apps for clarity. At this point, at least.

That’s our early take on the free calls feature that the Facebook-owned service began introducing to its iOS app this week. Already live to all users on Android, free calls are slowly rolling out to Apple device owners — but TechCrunch managed to sneak in early and road-test the feature today.

WhatsApp’s new feature has the potential to cause serious headaches for operators in markets where the messaging app is popular, such India and chunks of the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. (The service may have 800 million monthly users, but that doesn’t mean global domination, as I explained earlier this week.) WhatsApp is one of a number of messaging apps to ravage telco’s SMS revenues after collecting hundreds of…

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