This morning, I made my first successful WhatsApp Calls on the BlackBerry Passport. I called a handful of contacts, and at first no-one picked the calls. But I finally was able to speak with two people. Because WhatsApp Calling (like BBm Calls) is executed over your data connection, quality of the call depends on internet strength/stability. One of the calls that I placed was really good and clear, a second one was fairly good, while a third call was a bit choppy.
This is what the outgoing call view is like (at least on the Passport’s square screen):
Sadly, Dayo did not pick his call. I am guessing that he was still in bed after eating Resurrection Rice and chicken last night.
I also got one of my contacts to do screenshots and send to me. This is what an incoming call view is like:
Call in session after an incoming call has been accepted:
If you are chatting with someone on WhatsApp, you can find the call button in the top right corner of the chat menu. That’s the call icon circled in orange:
The photo in the above chat was that of me and the movie legend, Tunde kelani, in the studio on Saturday with Young & Cerebral right after I did my session, “Your Smartphone & You”. Join me from 10.15 to 10.25am every Saturday on UNILAG 103.1 FM.
And here is what a contact’s call records looks like:
So, WhatsApp Calling is live on both Android and BlackBerry 10. iOS and Windows Phone users are still expecting the feature. I haven’t heard anything about this becoming available to legacy BlackBerry users. One of the contacts that I called uses a legacy BlackBerry device and I immediately got a message that said that this contact does not support the feature.
Will you be using WhatsApp Calling a lot? Do you think it offers any benefits above normal network-based voice calls?