WhatsApp Voice Calling Feature Arrives in India

February 2, 2015, By Daniel Rapcencu

The grapevine buzz a while ago had been that free voice call service is coming to WhatsApp for Indian users.

Various announcements had come out from the mobile instant messenger developer since then, but they never touched upon the matter of voice call injection to the app. But now with the growing rivalry from other similar apps, WhatsApp has finally decided to bring an end to the long wait.

Free voice calling services is now reported to have begun its run across several Android mobiles. But iOS users would have to stretch their wait as the service has currently been made available only on Android platforms. However, WhatsApp will be bringing the same to the rest of the OS in a few months.


Also it’s to be noted that you may not be having the voice call feature in your WhatsApp with just an update.

Users are required to have an invite to try out the new services; which can be in the form of a voice call from someone who has already got the invite. It’s not sure of how to grab the invite by other means.

The voice dialing feature has been made available on a new tab between the chat log one and contacts. Some sources have also said that the voice calling feature will only be supported on Nexus 5 running Android Lollipop.

Meanwhile, another report says that the company will be officially kicking off its voice calling feature with a free call promotion campaign.

The service is currently spotted only across India, which makes sense when considering the large share of user base in the nation.

With around 700 million global users, WhatsApp has just hit a high with its user base from India, with figures of over 100 million users. But the company is also facing a bigger threat now than before with services from Hike and We Chat gaining higher popularity.

Recently, Hike had also introduced the free calling service to their users. The same can also believed to have made up the mind of WhatsApp to come up with their own voice calling services prematurely.

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