Android users can finally make voice calls using social communication App,WhatsApp.Before this,one could only send text and voice messages.The update was first tested on some selected users early this year before being rolled out to the rest of the android community. Though the App doesn’t auto update for everyone, the version 2.12.19 is available for download. The updated app has a cleaned up appearance and for the guys who like checking out their friends’ profile pics can now do so directly just by touching their thumbnail on the chat list.This new update has 3 tabs. A call log,Chats and a Contact list.
WhatsApp calling allow users to call other WhatsApp users for free. Free if your’re using Wi-Fi with unlimited bandwith which you don’t have to pay for.When using your phone’s data, a minute of WhatsApp call will set you back around 0.15 MB to 0.20 MB of 3G data.This means a 5-minute call will cost around 1MB of 3G data. The call quality on 3G networks is decent but on 2G, there is a considerable amount of lag. Also,on 2G, a minute of WhatsApp call costs around 0.35MB which is surprisingly higher than 3G.With internet calls, it doesn’t matter the location of the users.Whether local or international,the rates are more or less the same.Since most WhatsApp users in Kenya are subscribed to data plans, the calls might end up being cheaper than explained above.Not in terms of the data used but in the sense that the price of the data used is cheap.There are other apps like Viber, Skype, etc that offer similar functionality,but the calling feature in WhatsApp has potential to be a game-changer. It is also going to bring down your phone bill significantly, whether Telecom operators like Airtel and Safaricom like it or not. The rates provided above are only approximations from tests carried out hence are subject to variation depending on the users and Telecom operators.