Facebook has not officially added a Facebook video calling feature to their Facebook Messenger iPhone app. Rumors surfaced about a month ago indicating that Facebook does have plans to update the iPhone app with support for video calls in the near future. Until this happens, Facebook users have a few third-party options to consider if they want to make Facebook video calls. One of those options, Seen, is an app that seamlessly integrates with your Facebook friends list to allow you to easily video chat with your Facebook pals.
Seen is a free app you can purchase from the App Store. It works on all iPhone models, all iPad models, and 4th generation iPod Touch models. Once you’ve downloaded it, all you have to do is type in your Facebook login information, and then you can select friends from your Facebook friends list to video call. The app will let you scroll through a list of your friends who are available to chat on Facebook. An additional perk Seen offers is the ability to adjust your privacy settings to block certain people from video calling you.
Seen also allows you to make HD voice calls and video calls for free worldwide. So, it’s a great app to download if you want to save money on international voice calls. Unfortunately, data rates do apply. If you don’t have an unlimited data plan, you may want to make sure you’re connected to WiFi when you’re using Seen to make video and voice calls, which both require a lot of data transmission to work.
If you’d rather wait for Facebook Messenger for iPhone to get an update with video chat, you probably won’t have to wait very long. According to some sources, Facebook released a beta version of Facebook Messenger with video chat in November 2011. Developers may be testing out this beta version, and we may see video chat come to life on Facebook Messenger in the next few months.