Facebook Launches 'Catchup' Audio Calling App

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Facebook is testing a new app that's designed to help friends and families in the U.S. to coordinate phone calls or set up group calls with up to eight people.


"Catchup," built by Facebook's internal R&D group, differs from other group chat apps, in that the calls are audio-only, not video, and displays users' status to indicate they're available to talk.

Catching up has never been this easy. See who's available and effortlessly join one-on-one and group calls. Never play phone tag or make an appointment to call someone again. Keep in touch more, think about it less. Any time you're free to talk, CatchUp!

According to TechCrunch, the app appears to take cues from the recently highly popular Houseparty app. For its part, Facebook says the app was built so that people can make calls when they know the other person is free, because not knowing is "one of the key reasons people no longer make phone calls."


CatchUp won't need a Facebook account to use the service — the app works with your phone's contacts list. The app also gives users privacy settings so they can control who can join 1-on-1 and group calls.

Catchup is a free download for iPhone available on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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7 weeks ago


So one of the highlights is that it’s audio only? ... lol

No for example another feature is Facebook recording all the calls.
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7 weeks ago


CatchUp won't need a Facebook account to use the service -- the app works with your phone's contacts list.

Nice! I can avoid the monetization of my personal information by not logging into Facebook and instead… uploading my contact list!
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7 weeks ago


Who cares if they are recording. None of us are that important for any big company to care to listen to any of the things we have to say. Same goes with people paranoid about privacy on the web. Once you signed up with an Internet service provider, your privacy was long gone.

i wish people who make those kind of stupid comments ever had to experience living in East Germany
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7 weeks ago
So one of the highlights is that it’s audio only? ... lol
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7 weeks ago
I assume the video only, text only, video and text only, video and audio only, audio and text only apps are coming soon? Did I miss any?
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7 weeks ago
Throw stuff at a wall and see what sticks. This is the 3rd or perhaps 4th app from this company that is continuing to fade into obscurity. Wonder if it will be as fondly remembered as myspace.com.
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