Yahoo today released the latest version of Messenger for iPhone, and the updates extended the app’s repertoire beyond mere instant messaging. The app now lets users place free video and voice calls. And, these features will work over both 3G and Wi-Fi, whereas Apple’s FaceTime app, for one, does not work over cellular connections.
The catch? Both parties need a Yahoo Messenger account, which will persuade some users to use apps such as Fring instead. However, the app does help users skirt FaceTime’s limitation of only enabling calls with other iOS devices, including iPod Touches and other iPhones.
In compliance with the lastest version of iOS, Yahoo Messenger has also been retooled so that it can run in the background while users use other apps. The app will also send push notifications, even if the app isn’t open. It also promises generally faster performance.
Curious, Yahoo users? The app is available for free in the App Store.