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Facebook launches Catchup audio-only calling app

Facebook has finally given you a reason to stop buying airtime with the newly launched application Catchup.

Facebook has launched yet another service that helps bring people to stay in touch during this era of social distancing. This time, it is an audio-only calling app called Catchup, developed by Facebook’s NPE Team. The app has a unique feature of showing when a user is available to take calls.

Facebook Catchup

Users on Catchup can make calls 1-on-1 or group calls with up to 8 people. Creating a group is extremely simple and starting calls is a one-button tap. Another feature in this app is that it uses the user’s phone contacts instead of their Facebook contact. This means a user can call anyone, including people who do not have any Facebook account.

Talking about the app’s uniqueness, Facebook is trying to solve the issue of people hesitating to call their friends and family because they are worried about disturbing them. The app solves this by indicating who is ready and available to take calls right in the opening screen of the app.

Based on our studies, we found that one of the main reasons people don’t call friends and family more frequently is that they don’t know when they are available to talk or are worried they may reach them at an inconvenient time. Says FB

Facebook is testing the app by launching it in the US only for a limited period on both iOS and Android. We can assume that once testing is over, Facebook will roll out the app globally. Available for download on the App stores.

Since it is being tested in the US for a limited time, expect it to roll out a few weeks from now once testing is complete.

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