WhatsApp may have started life as a simple messaging service, but after building up a user base that numbers in the hundreds of millions, the app’s been working to expand its feature set into new modes of communication. Following some teases last year, WhatsApp for Android gained voice call support and the end of March. Windows Phone users are still waiting for the feature to come their way, but another platform is going to get there before them, as voice calling arrives for WhatsApp on iOS today.
Well, the new version of the app is out, at least, updating WhatsApp to 2.12.1. That contains the needed code to support voice calling, but not everyone will see the feature become active straight away. Instead, WhatsApp is enabling it for users over the course of the next several weeks, so if you’re not able to participate just yet, be patient – it’s on its way.
Voice call support allows WhatsApp users to call each other using their phones’ data connections, either saving on voice plan minutes or enabling them to make calls at all, especially in areas where cell signals are week and WiFi may be the only reliable connection.