updated 07:15 pm EST, Mon February 21, 2011
Utility lacks Skype's landline calling abilities
Developer Crisp App has released a new iOS app, Facebook Messenger, that pairs social networking with VoIP functionality. The utility allows users to place free VoIP calls to other Facebook users via an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or web-based client.
Call recipients are notified with an incoming call screen, which automatically opens when the user is in the app. The alert is also sent as a push notification when the app is closed, while the web-based call request arrives in the form of a link.
It remains unclear if the unofficial app will remain on the App Store without facing objection from Facebook. Unconfirmed reports suggest Facebook may be working with Skype to officially integrate VoIP functionality in the social networking site.
Facebook Messenger is now available for $3. [via GigaOM]