Facebook Messenger Group Calling is a free challenger to Skype
Facebook initially said that there was no limit on participants, corrected itself by admitting a limit of 12 … and then changed the number again. As with any call already, you can hit up to 50 of the 900 million-plus Facebook users out there for a call. Those receiving a call, but miss the initial join-up will be able to tap the Phone icon in the group chat to barge in. You can also invite other people to the call while you’re on it.
Facebook announced last year that Messenger accounts for 10 percent of all global mobile VoIP calls. It hopes to replace your phone number with your face, your name and your online identity with more of these communication feature roll-outs. You can even use the service without an account.
You’ll see the new Group Call feature within the next day or so on Android and iOS. Group video calls are to come, but Messenger’s head of product said that “it would be a big deal if the whole [shakes hand to simulate lack of video stabilization] thing goes away.”