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Great News For All WhatsApp Users - Voice Calling Feature Has Been Released

17 March 2015
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WhatsApp has been beta-testing the voice-calling feature for all Android users with limited invite. This is one of the most anticipated features of WhatsApp, and many have been waiting for its release. Currently the company has not officially announced the release of this new feature for open use.

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In order to activate this feature, you will have to update to the latest version of the application from the Google Play Store or you can download the app from WhatsApp via their website. For the record, the latest version of WhatsApp (as of March 14) is 2.12.7. You can download it from the website and install the apk file. Once you have the WhatsApp application updated you will either need to wait for someone who has the voice calling feature to place a call to you. Once someone has done this, you can close out the app and then restart it. The new voice call icon should appear with the chats and contacts tabs.

Clicking the phone icon will allow you to make a call using WhatsApp as your method for voice calls. Instead of seeing the most recent chats, you will get three tabs namely Calls, Chats and Contacts. The call tab shows incoming, outgoing and missed calls with precise time and duration.

If you are lucky enough to have this feature activated, do your friends a favor and give them a call to spread the invite. Keep in mind that while this feature will save you from using your carrier’s minutes, it will instead use data. So if you are on a limited plan you might want to keep an eye on your data usage.

Meanwhile, several malwares and fake WhatsApp calling apps have appeared to take advantage of curious users. So beware of it while installing the app. With over 600 million users globally, WhatsApp’s user base in India has grown to 70 million active-users, accounting for over a 10th of its global users.

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