WhatsApp calling has finally arrived. WhatsApp users will need to update to version 2.12.5 (or above) from Google Play. If the update is not available directly from Google Play, users can get the latest version from here. The calling feature will automatically get activated after updating the app. Both caller and receiver has to update to the latest version to use the calling feature.
WhatsApp calling allow users to call other WhatsApp users for free. However, 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.
The feature is automatically enabled to all users updating to version 2.12.5 of WhatsApp via the Play Store, which brings a revamped user interface sporting three tabs: Calls, Chats and Contacts. Initiating a voice call is as easy as tapping the dialer icon that is available in-chat, or heading to the Calls tab and selecting a contact you wish to call. Both parties need to be on the latest version of the app for the voice calling feature to work.
The update is in the process of rolling out, so if you don’t see it yet, just give it time.
The new WhatsApp calling interface is similar to the regular call UI in Android smartphones. Call records are automatically saved. During a WhatsApp call, if the user gets a regular call on his smartphone, then the WhatsApp call runs in background for a few seconds and gets disconnected on its own.
The calling feature will arrive for iOS and Windows Phone later.
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