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Truphone to provide VoIP capabilities for Facebook

Truphone has released (opens in new tab) an application that will allow Facebook users and friends to interface using nothing more than a microphone and a headphone.

The application dubbed "Call me" can be dropped anywhere on a Facebook page that accepts attachment.

According to Truphone, it will allow users to publish their call me buttons all over Facebook; in messages, on friend's walls and on Facebook discussion and group boards.

Although the users do not need to register with Truphone, one can suspect that Facebook will pass over the details of the Truphone users to the VoIP company.

Interestingly, Truphone is compatible with Google Talk and with Grand Central - another Google company.

Facebook users may use the ‘Call Me’ Button on their friends’ profiles for free for a limited period before they must install the application themselves. There is no cost or commitment.

Myspace and Skype (opens in new tab) have had announced a partnership back in October 2007 to provide a single button on their Myspace profile and potentially reach 330 million users.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.