WhatsApp voice calling now available to all Android users; It’s not free actually

Users need to update to WhatsApp version 2.12.5 (or above) to get the calling feature.

Written by Debashis Sarkar | New Delhi | Updated: April 1, 2015 5:40 pm
WhatsApp, WhatsApp voice calling, WhatsApp Voice calls India, free voice calls, WhatsApp calling WhatsApp voice calling allow users make calls for free to their WhatsApp contacts.

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.

Without mobile internet plans, the standard data rates for most operators are 4p /10 KB (3G) and 10p / 10 KB (2G). This roughly translates to Re 1 per minute of WhatsApp call on 3G and Rs 2.50 per minute on 2G network.

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.

Share your WhatsApp calling experience in the comment section below.

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    Abdull
    Jun 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm
    Am nt using 3G Bt cn i cl wt 2G
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      Chips
      Apr 1, 2015 at 9:20 pm
      What about iphone
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        Murtala aliyu
        Mar 31, 2015 at 8:08 pm
        What is your opinion?
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          Mavala
          Apr 1, 2015 at 9:56 am
          This will provide benefit to network company as both sender and receiver are paying in this case
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            AKSCLUSIVE
            Apr 1, 2015 at 5:03 pm
            Own voice echo and can be heard from both side whatsapp Need to improve VOIP.
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              Anand
              Apr 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm
              then actually it will be re.1 per min for the caller and the receiver too.. so rs.2 for a call.. Thats if you are using paid 2g or 3g.. I use wifi at home as well as at office.. no extras..
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                Ibrahim
                Apr 4, 2015 at 12:20 pm
                Wow
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                  Jayakrishnan
                  Apr 1, 2015 at 10:46 am
                  What about the users of Windows and other apps ? We are unable to download the latest Whatsapp app. and unable to make Whatsapp calls, though we can receive call. This facility must be made available to all users irrespective of Android, Windows etc.
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