WhatsApp Voice Calling

WhatsApp Voice Calling: Tested and Blocked

If you are one of the 700 million WhatsApp users, then you have a reason to celebrate. Why? Well, it seems the online messaging giant is all set to launch its voice calling feature for the Android users.

Though there is no official announcement yet, a couple of days back reports of a voice calling feature on WhatsApp rushed in from around the globe.

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While this feature was not enabled for all the users, there are a lucky few who noticed the voice calling feature active on their device.

WhatsApp Voice Calling

How did it work?

According to the reports, a small number of users noticed a voice calling feature available on their devices.

They could call a contact from within the application and the same feature would be activated in his/her contact’s device.

The WhatsApp 2.11.531 version downloaded from the official website or version 2.11.528 downloaded from the Play store will support this feature.

Changes in User Interface

Being one of the few lucky users, I noticed a change in the user interface. Once the VoIP calling feature was activated, UI modified itself to show three tabs; one each for chats, voice calls and contacts.

While I was using 3G internet connection, I’ve learnt that the feature works on 2G too.

Though the feature was functional for a very short span, it indicates that the facebook owned app is almost ready to launch this new voice calling feature and is probably testing the beta version.

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Now, this one is big and may have serious consequences.

Firstly, with the launch of this new feature, WhatsApp will start eating up the market space of its competitor app such as Hike, Viber, WeChat etc who have already launched the voice calling feature.

Secondly, the mobile network operators will face a great challenge. WhatsApp have significantly curtailed the SMS revenue of most of the major network providers by launching the instant messaging app.

Now with the launch of this new feature, the network providers are at a risk of losing out on their calling revenue from 700 million WhatsApp users.

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While industry veterans are expecting a steep rise in mobile data packs as a survival strategy from the network owners, the spirit of WhatsApp users shows no sign of dampening.

Though the service was promptly blocked by WhatsApp, this has started a lot of debate and anticipation among the users for sure.

While the official statement is expected at any time now, there is no doubt once activated this feature can be of great benefit to its users.

Were you one of the lucky few users? If so, how was your experience? What are you expecting from this new feature? Do let us know.

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Comments
  1. Many company joins to video calling at this time and under the ways to improve the quality of services. If there is any problem, they will improve in near future, short time.

    Like Skype.com, from the launch date time, the quality isn’t good but over time, it’s now one of the best video calling for us.

  2. Hi Alize,

    They might be testing out this feature and must be provide us the wonderful quality.

    Thanks for coming by here and sharing your thoughts with us. Enjoy your day!

  3. Thanks for your kind words Fast and furious.

  4. Hi Nisha, I am so happy you are posting recent updates to keep your readers incliuding me afloat in this busy schedule. I liked the post and I love whatsap. Its sometimes distracting and therefore I limit it to very little usage. 🙂

  5. Hi Nisha Mam,
    Wish you a very good morning. Have a great day!!
    Now I would like to say thanks for this awesome post. Actually I was not from those lucky buddies who get this feature. I tried too many time but unable to get this feature. Dont know why I cant.
    If I get success in this then I will share my experience with this feature too.

    With Regards,
    Naveen

  6. Nisha I was discussing with my friend about the thing that why WhatsApp calling feature has been provided to few users only. It is good to see that you’re making your blog readers know about the things going in the technology world. The competition is really increasing as App developers are trying to provide the best features. I’m hoping that soon some new Android Apps especially for chatting and calling purpose will be made by new developers as the Apps market has lot of scope as well as money. Nisha keep writing on the trending topics.

  7. Nisha Pandey

    Hi Swadhin,

    Its great to see you here.

    Glad that the post could help you.

    The voice calling feature can prove to be really useful when launched full fledged.

    Keep visiting 🙂

  8. Nisha Pandey

    Hi Naveen,

    Great to see you here.

    Only a handful of users only have the voice calling feature now. So, dont worry. You’ll definitely get it soon.

    Once you get it, do give us your feedback.

    Have a great weekend:)

  9. Nisha Pandey

    Hi Mohit,

    Glad that you liked the post.

    Yes, you are right. App market today have a lot of potential for growth. And with the launch of this voice calling feature whatsapp is taking the competition a level higher.

    Have a great weekend 🙂

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