All you need to set up a video call is a device with a camera and microphone, the free Skype software and an internet connection.
Microsoft previously offered the feature as part of its Skype Premium service, a .99 monthly subscription that includes some free calls as part of a larger package.
In order to use this service, Skype users must buy credit in advance for calls and texts, but at a comparatively low price.
In addition to these services, Skype also offers the Skype for Business application, a fee-based version of the program, which is specially geared towards companies.
According to the announcement on the Facebook Newsroom, regions of the world that will have access to video calling this week include “Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, the US and Uruguay.” Facebook management plans on rolling out the new feature to additional regions around the world in the near future.
When it comes to programs for making a video call, most people automatically turn to Skype as the go-to solution.
One major advantage of this function is that the messages can be edited or deleted after they’ve been sent.