Voice over Internet service provider Jajah has introduced a test version of free phone calls via Facebook over the Android. An iPhone version is currently in the works as well, although there’s no firm release date.
The offering is already live on Android in the U.S. and Canada — in notable contrast to the still-coming integration of Skype with Facebook.
Jajah’s Facebook calling feature allows one to place both local and international calls for free to anyone that’s a Facebook friend, with no additional account set ups or software needed.
Users simply download the Jajah app from Android Market, then connect with their Facebook account through their phone and select any contact currently showing as active in their “online friends” list. The contact then receives a call notification through a Facebook chat instant message, which also includes a link. Once the friend clicks on it to accept the request, a browser opens up to initiate the call. The contact on the receiving end can engage with the original caller via their computer mic and speaker system.
Privacy protections are in place as well, as the number of the original caller is always masked so its never disclosed to the recipient (which can come in handy should a given recipient move from “friend” to “unfriend” status). In addition, whether the call is placed to someone in the same city or an entirely different country, the only cost for users relates to operators potentially charging for a local call, but in most cases, this is typically deducted in terms of minutes from overall monthly plans.
From app launch to connection, the entire process usually takes just seconds, as the video below further outlines – unless, of course, your friend isn’t paying attention to their Facebook chats and instant messages, but that seems unlikely considering the multiple methods for staying connected to Facebook on nearly a 24/7 basis.
Readers, have you tried out Jajah’s new service, and if so, what do you think about it?