X rolls out audio and video calls to all users, inlcluding to non-Premium

X has started rolling out the long-promised audio and video calls to all users, including those who don’t have a Premium subscription. This is a significant change since the feature was initially limited to paying users.

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Enjoy audio and video calls on X without paying for a Premium

Previously, only Premium subscribers could make and receive audio and video calls. Now, the feature is gradually being rolled out to all users, regardless of their subscription status.

This rollout started with iOS users in October 2023 and then moved to Android users with Premium subscriptions in January 2024. Now, non-premium users are also gaining access.


Benefits of audio and video calling

For Users:

  • Convenience: Make and receive calls directly within the app, eliminating the need to switch between different platforms.
  • Accessibility: Free for all users, regardless of subscription status, making it a more inclusive option.
  • Privacy: Enhanced call privacy settings like IP address masking offer some control over personal information.
  • Integration: Combine audio/video calls with other features like direct messaging and Spaces for a more unified experience.
  • Reach: Connect with friends and family who may not be active on other platforms where you have accounts.

However, some potential drawbacks exist:

  • Privacy Concerns: Concerns remain about data collection and potential security vulnerabilities.
  • Competition: X faces established players like FaceTime and WhatsApp, offering similar features with large user bases.
  • Technical Challenges: Ensuring call quality and reliability for a diverse user base can be complex.

Overall, the rollout of audio and video calls on X offers potential benefits for both users and the platform, but it remains to be seen how successful it will be in the long run.

(Via @enriquebrgn)

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