Jan Koum, the CEO of WhatsApp, declared in February a WhatsApp update that will offer free VoIP calls for the Blackberry, Android, Windows phone, and iOS. The Voice over IP is still to be seen occurring as an upgrade even though its launch was speculated for the second half of this year. If the VoIP feature is enabled, it will certainly put WhatsApp at per with some of the most renowned calling and messaging applications like Skype and Viber.
Nonetheless, WhatsApp have a greater advantage when compared to their rivals in the sense that the application is much simpler to master and it also utilizes less bandwidth – this consequently eliminates lags and delays during voice calls.
A few depicted screenshots of the anticipated update have leaked showing arrangements that the call will be initiated from chat. However, the calling is anticipated not to impede with instant messaging. Only after the user grants the application permission to make the call will the VoIP call be initiated successfully.
The leaks also suggest a call button, mute, speakerphone, and the VoIP calls can be made by 3G connections as well as Wi-Fi.
The cost of making the VoIP calls has not yet been disclosed but they are expected to be a little lower compared to other VoIP providers.