WhatsApp To Release Voice Calling for Windows Phone, iOS
The free voice feature introduced recently by online messaging service WhatsApp is currently available only for Android users, but now the company seems ready to roll it out to other platforms. WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton announced recently that the voice calling feature will soon come to iOS users, although platform restrictions are delaying implementation of that feature.
And in an e-mail reply to a Windows Phone user, the WhatsApp support team revealed that WhatsApp voice calling for Windows phone is “in the works.”
The communication didn’t specify an exact timeframe for the release of WhatsApp voice calling for Windows Phone users, however. "We cannot comment on any future release timelines but we appreciate your interest in WhatsApp Calling," read the communication from WhatsApp. The e-mail response from WhatsApp was first reported by WM Power user.
Available on Android
At a recent event, Acton said that the voice calling feature will be rolled out to iOS users in two or three weeks. In fact, it’s not totally certain whether the new feature will reach iOS or Windows phones first.
WhatsApp worked on a voice calling app last year before launching it on Android in March. Android users were able to get the feature last month without activation, but they did have to update to the latest version of the app.
We reached out to Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research, who told us any new version of WhatsApp might not be seen as a big deal in the United States, but probably would be elsewhere. When almost everyone has unlimited calls on their cellphone plans, the value of making free calls just isn't that great, he said.
"Of course, WhatsApp is really big in many countries where flat-rate calls aren't the norm on cellular, and both texting and calling is pretty expensive, so I'd expect it to be a really popular feature there," Dawson said. "But it also requires a much better data connection than messaging alone does, which means it may not be a great experience for some users in those markets."
WhatsApp is among the most popular cross-platform messaging services on the market, but there have been delays in the launch of its voice calling features previously. Those delays have caused WhatsApp to lose some market share to competitors including BBM, Line and Viber. There has also been no word so far about making the voice feature available for BlackBerry phones.
Android device owners can use the latest WhatsApp voice calling feature without having to be invited by another user. Previously, Android users had to go through a long process to get the voice calling feature activated on their devices. Users can now download and install the latest WhatsApp APK 2.12.23 to get the free WhatsApp voice calling feature activated on their devices.
"If you're desperate to be able to extend your WhatsApp conversations from text to voice, go ahead and give it a try," Dawson said. "But there are many other alternatives out there that will probably provide a better experience until this gets tested and ready for prime time."
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Posted: 2016-09-18 @ 10:54pm PT
I can't make a whatsapp call with someone who isn't in the same building as me with my Nokia Lumia 822. I don't know why is it's like that. Please give me a solution because I really want to be doing my whatsapp calls.
Posted: 2015-08-26 @ 7:33am PT
I used to make WhatsApp voice calls on my lumiya800 phone
Posted: 2015-06-26 @ 10:32pm PT
When some one call me through whatsApp, my ringing sound is not working.
Can any one help me out?
Posted: 2015-06-25 @ 11:25am PT
I've uploaded the WhatsApp Apk 2.12.23 and I still can't get access to WhatsApp voice calling. I don't know why? Can you help me out, please?
Posted: 2015-06-25 @ 8:21am PT
I want to be able to make whatsapp video call on my Lumia 535
Posted: 2015-06-22 @ 2:34pm PT
When will the calling feature will be available for Lumia 535??
Posted: 2015-06-18 @ 6:43am PT
I think it would be best for nokia phones having whatsApp call.
Posted: 2015-06-17 @ 10:52am PT
I used to make WhatsApp voice calls on my Android phone. Now using Nokia Lumia 530, I made the same calls and have lost all my savings in bills. I have been charged £560 in a space of two months.
kavi the steel:
Posted: 2015-06-16 @ 10:24pm PT
plz give audio sending feature in whatsapp
Posted: 2015-06-11 @ 11:07pm PT
Can't wait to see this amazing feature in my Lumia 520 imagine...pls do something towards the situation WhatsApp company coz we with Windows phones we are also ur customers not only the ones with android devices plz so equal treatment to all customers plllllzzzzzz....
Posted: 2015-06-10 @ 6:00am PT
Please just install the voice calling what's app on Microsoft Lumia 535. Please just do it, it is very necessary for me. Please do it as soon as possible.
Posted: 2015-06-04 @ 5:42am PT
When can windows users use whatsup calling?
Posted: 2015-05-31 @ 10:37am PT
Please update whats app calling feature for Lumia 535 as soon as possible... It's a very essential feature and it must be available for windows phones.
Posted: 2015-05-30 @ 12:13am PT
Every app should be in android as well as windows. Eagerly waiting for WhatsApp calling for Microsoft Lumia 535. Sooner the better.
Posted: 2015-05-20 @ 12:58am PT
WhatsApp audio calling for Nokia Lumia 530-when would the update be available? Today is 20th May 2015.
Posted: 2015-05-17 @ 9:42am PT
Please provide Lumia 535 free voice calling soon as possible, thank u...
Posted: 2015-05-17 @ 9:01am PT
Waiting for voice calling, please provide this for Windows users as soon as possible.
Posted: 2015-05-12 @ 1:50am PT
I am waiting on the Lumia 800 update.
Posted: 2015-05-08 @ 11:37pm PT
Any update on WhatsApp calling feature in Lumia???
Posted: 2015-05-08 @ 1:33am PT
Wish to get whatsapp voice call in my Nokia 630 mobile.
Posted: 2015-05-06 @ 4:21pm PT
Just got a new Lumia and lost Whatsapp free calls. Given then taken away.
Posted: 2015-05-01 @ 10:12am PT
Please update the WhatsApp calling features for Windows operators. I am using Lumia 535.
Posted: 2015-04-29 @ 7:09am PT
Hello.... I just want that this feature tobe on Windows OS so that every Windows user could get avail of it.
Posted: 2015-04-29 @ 12:10am PT
why are the windows phone users been left behind....extremely frustrating....
Posted: 2015-04-27 @ 5:42am PT
Please update the WhatsApp calling features for windows operators I am using Lumia 535.
Posted: 2015-04-26 @ 9:35am PT
When is WhatsApp calling for windows phone 520 coming?
Posted: 2015-04-25 @ 10:14am PT
I'm using windows phone Lumia 530. Whatsapp calling not present in my mobile... Please update and getting whatsapp calling feature.... Please release earlier.
Posted: 2015-04-22 @ 1:56pm PT
Whatsapp calling is not present on my Windows phone Lumia 535. Please update that phone feature and get Whatsapp calling.
Posted: 2015-04-13 @ 3:16am PT
I have WhatsApp calling on my blackberry OS10 since last month.
Posted: 2015-04-12 @ 2:38am PT
Plz update soon...
Posted: 2015-04-11 @ 2:53pm PT
Come on get it on iOS.
Ivan Duncan Rhodes:
Posted: 2015-04-10 @ 4:02pm PT
Eagerly waiting, using M8 Windows.
Posted: 2015-04-09 @ 10:39pm PT
Plz do it soon....using lumia 630....
Posted: 2015-04-08 @ 11:38pm PT
While they try to get whatsapp voice calls for windows, I hope they also try to make it easier to send mp3 files through whatsapp. That option is not on my phone. Freaks me out. I'm using Nokia Lumia 520.
Posted: 2015-04-08 @ 5:44pm PT
I would like to install it on my iPhone 4S which is old.
Tell me how to do it.
Posted: 2015-04-08 @ 12:02pm PT
Please start the WhatsApp voice calling as soon as possible. Thanks.
Posted: 2015-04-08 @ 11:52am PT
Please give an update by which we can select several messages at once. Please update it soon. I am using Lumia 535.
Posted: 2015-04-08 @ 9:21am PT
Please start WhatsApp calling in Windows phones as well. Thank you.
Posted: 2015-04-07 @ 12:14pm PT
I think it is going to be a good service.
Posted: 2015-04-07 @ 7:59am PT
I am using Lumia 535; whatsapp calling is not supported to my mobile even though I updated my whatsapp.
Posted: 2015-04-07 @ 2:58am PT
I want to update whatsapp with voice call. I'm using Lumia 720 & os win8.1
Posted: 2015-04-07 @ 2:16am PT
When can an iphone 4s use whatsapp calling in Malaysia? It's been a big deal in malaysia that android users are able to use the features where on the other hand IOS users are one step backwards which is causing controversies across Malaysia.