Earlier in February, WhatsApp started rolling out voice calling feature for Android smartphones, however it left iPhone users in the dark about when they could get WhatsApp Call on their smartphones. Now WhatsApp has rolled out a new version on the App Store, which will bring the much sought after feature to iPhone users. However, there’s a catch. Also Read - WhatsApp Status video download: How to download someone else’s status videoAlso Read - HalloApp: Two ex-WhatsApp employees develop this ad-free social networking app
Having the latest version of the app doesn’t enable WhatsApp Call automatically. Instead, WhatsApp is rolling out the feature in phases, just like it did with the Android version. However, it isn’t known at the moment, whether the feature will get activated via an invite system of sorts where one needs to receive a WhatsApp call from another user.
The latest WhatsApp update (version 2.12.1) for iPhone also sports a quick camera button which will let users shoot videos or images and send them via WhatsApp messages. It also adds an editing feature that enables users users crop and edit photos within the app before sending them. It also includes a sharing extension which will allow the users to send content from other apps to WhatsApp directly.
Last week WhatsApp announced it had 800 million monthly active users globally. WhatsApp Call uses Wi-Fi or cellular data network to let users make calls, bypassing the carrier altogether if the call is made over Wi-Fi. This has riled up carriers, especially in India, where WhatsApp has more than 70 million monthly active users.
Airtel, India’s largest carrier, had last December announced plans to charge extra for certain VoIP services on top of the data charges a consumer paid the carrier. The logic was that these services didn’t pay anything to Airtel and they were eating into its voice revenues. Facing backlash from consumers, Airtel withdrew the plan but asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to look into the matter.