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You can now make free calls around the world on WhatsApp

Now you can call your friends and relatives in Kenya and around the world using the popular chat site WhatsApp.

And what is more, it is free.

Updating to WhatsApp version 2.12.5 via Google Play does the trick. Once you’ve got the latest version, you’ll see a revamped interface with three tabs for calls, contacts and chats.

Alternatively, you could download the APK installer from WhatsApp’s site and install it yourself.

The version on the site reportedly brings voice calling too.

To place a call, tap the calls tab and then the new call button at the top of your screen. Then, select a contact to ring them over WhatsApp.

You only need to make sure that the person you are calling has the updated version of the WhatsApp app.

However, a spot check by Nairobi News on Tuesday evening showed that many users calling to and from Kenya were experiencing difficulties due to poor network connection.

“I couldn’t hear a thing of what my brother was saying,” wrote US based jmakanga on twitter.

The feature is slated to arrive on iOS in the coming weeks, said WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton at Facebook’s recent F8 conference.

It is hoped that the call quality will improve in the coming days.