Have you got the WhatsApp calling feature on your smart phone? WhatsApp created ripples in the market releasing their calling facility. Yes, they did take a good call on releasing it slowly to users, thereby not interrupting the entire network and jamming it at one shot. But WhatsApp calling was a reality only for Android users at the beginning. iPhone and Windows users got to use the feature later. But why is there so much hype on this feature? Do you think it will replace regular calls? WhatsApp calls are obviously not free, unless you are using someone else’s Wi-Fi. Both parties in a call need to spend data and it seems that the caller needs to spend more. Although, the present quality of WhatsApp calls is what you can be happy with, this isn’t going to last forever. Once all platforms have access, it sure is going to break.
A minute of WhatsApp call costs around 0.15 MB to 0.20 MB of 3G data. This means a 5-minute call costs 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. Without mobile internet plans, the standard data rates for most operators are 4p /10 KB (3G) and 10p / 10 KB (2G). This roughly translates to Re 1 per minute of WhatsApp call on 3G and Rs 2.50 per minute on 2G network. For local and STD calls in India, WhatsApp calls make little sense, even on 3G data, when the experience is compared to regular voice calls with per second pulse in cents. But for international calls, WhatsApp calling is a great feature only if you are on WiFi.
Although the update has reached many, the update is available either from the Google Play Store or WhatsApp’s own site. The best way to get it activated is by receiving a call from a user who has it activated already and immediately the receiver’s WhatsApp changes too. Be patient, however, it seems the roll-out is a bit patchy — not everyone is finding the update available for them. The calls tab will show you a detailed call log and in any chat with a WhatsApp contact you’ll find that the dialer icon at the top now makes calls direct via WhatsApp and not the regular dialer.
- App has a new, cleaner layout, including an extra tab for ‘Calls’
- Android users can make calls, providing they have an internet connection
- VoIP Calls have to be made between WhatsApp users and are free
- Feature is expected to roll out for iPhone and Windows users in the next couple of weeks
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