Those who have fallen victims tried to download the feature and instead ended up with a survey and a forced download of malware from the website. Facebook-owned whatsApp has not rolled out its calling feature though selected individuals have reported that the invite was sent to them.
In India, a Reddit user pradnesh07 reported that the feature was activated on his phone and he posted its image on the discussion forum. [http://www.microfinancemonitor.com/2015/02/01/whatsapp-rolling-out-beta-version-of-free-voice-calls-on-invite-only-basis-amid-access-problems/]
“The guy who sent me the invite confirmed that it works on other phones on other roms and other OS and in other countries. I am not sure how the invite thing works as yet,” wrote pradesh07.”
He, however, made a quick video and asked users to share it instead of bugging him to send an invite. “There is no use asking me for invites right now, I don’t know how this invite thing works exactly,” he himself noted at the end.
In addition, BGR India claimed that it received the invitation and made calls too explaining that the voice-calling feature can be noticed with an icon next to Chats, Contacts of WhatsApp tab. The App also keeps a record of past calls via WhatsApp, it said.
Though there are other messenger apps like Viber, Hike, Skype, and Line, which provide voic calling feature, WhatsApp entering the arena has sent chill down the private phone service providers in the country including Airtel, Aircel and Reliance.
With more than 70 million users of WhatsApp feature in India for instant chat, the voice calling feature is likely to take off, if not become as widely used as its chat service that is more popular and preferred by users, especially women and students.
While the WhatsApp VOIP feature beta version is making sudden apperances on some phones, here are some features:
Firstly, it is confined to Android Lollipop 5.0 version and was successfully used by a Nexus 5 smartphone user, accessible via the new version 2.11.508 of the WhatsApp.
Secondly, WhatsApp is still testing the beta version and not in a hurry to push its VOIP feature pending the TRAI’s reaction.
Thirdly, WhatsApp Calling Feature is not available through Google Play Store, but can be downloaded only from the official WhatsApp website on INVITE. The lucky invitees are able to access it and install on their smartphones, and notice a new icon next to chats and contacts tabs.