Canadian Facebook users have been chosen to test drive the social network’s ability to place free phone calls via its mobile app.
The company announced Friday its new Messenger app for iOS-enabled devices will support Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone calls. The calls will use data as opposed to wireless minutes on a user’s mobile plan.
The new app will work on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 4.3 or higher and also allow for voice-messaging.
Canada is the first country where the service is being rolled out, with additional markets to follow.
Facebook doesn’t plan to add either VoIP or voice-messaging to its web version.