Free cell phone calls… are you kidding me? I JUMPED at the chance to get AT&T out of my back pocket (although, truth be told, I rarely use my phone to make actually make phone calls). That aside, I downloaded the Vonage Facebook app anyway. It crashed four times and once I finally connected it to Facebook, it crashed again. I now how fragile these new apps can be so I wasn’t discouraged.

Once I finally got the app up an running I realized that, duh, in order to call my friends using the Vonage app… they too needed the Vonage app. Now I find myself having to be a salesperson for Vonage and get all my Facebook friends to sign up. This without knowing if this thing even works. I did send one instant message but no response back yet. Here are a few snafus I’ve noticed about this app right out of the gate:

1. Not all of my friends post their cell phone numbers on Facebook. I know I don’t. I give out my Google voice number but not my cell (I don’t personally know all those Facebook people I’m “friends” with and some of the ones that I do know… I don’t really want calling me!)

2. When you have a lot of Facebook “friends” (“a lot” being a relative word and I’m not bragging by any means) it takes FOREVER for the names to load in your Vonage Contacts list. When I want to call someone I just want to call them… wait it’s free… I think I can wait for the contact list to load.

3. I really need to see a business model. I don’t understand how they can give away free calls and IMs. I’m afraid they are going to get me hooked and then in three months roll out some outrageous fee.

That’s just my take on this new app. But you go ahead, download the Vonage app, give it a try and let me know what you think.

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VoIP giant Vonage has just introduced a new iPhone, iPod touch and Android app that allows users to call their Facebook friends for free. Vonage Mobile for Facebook [iTunes link] is similar to VOiP apps like Skype or Fring, but with a twist: It’s all about Facebook.

The free app does not require a Vonage subscription, but does require both parties to have the Vonage Mobile for Facebook app installed. Once installed, calls can be made over 3G or Wi-Fi.

The app is pretty simple to set up and only requires that you enter in your Facebook credentials once. Friends are displayed in different groups; those that can be called with the app have a “V” logo next to their names. If a friend is online but doesn’t have the app installed, you can chat with him or her and also send an invite to download the app.

Like the most recent Skype Mobile release, the app can run in the background, meaning that even if it’s not open, incoming calls can still come through. When an incoming call comes through the app, the caller’s Facebook photo and most recent status update are displayed on the screen.

This video shows how the app works:

The concept of making voice calls over Wi-Fi or 3G using a VOiP mobile application may no longer be new or novel, however, we appreciate that Vonage is targeting a specific set of users. For many individuals, Faceboo

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