France telecom owned Orange and Facebook has recently announced their partnership for launching Party Call services for group calling. The plan will be going to first go live in France, next summer. In this regards, Mr. Xaviet Perret, VP of Orange strategic partnership has revealed some interesting facts.
Party Call is different from the Orange’s old IP calling services like Libon and Skype. It is operating with direct voice networks of Orange and allow group calling in the premises of Facebook. It is in short a bridge between legacy voice and social network. This is first time when Facebook has been involved in linking up with the legacy phone services.
Party Call is different from the Orange’s old IP calling services like Libon and Skype. It is operating with direct voice networks of Orange and allow group calling in the premises of Facebook. It is in short a bridge between legacy voice and social network. This is first time when Facebook has been involved in linking up with the legacy phone services.

Perret further shared that Facebook management was pretty excited when we shared this idea with them. They found it quite different than usual Facebook applications. However, it will work same as application, users have to first download the interface and then they will be able to get pleasure from group calling service. It also assures that Facebook will never know about the phone numbers of the users, only Orange will have this information.

Perret describes their plan of action and said they will first introduce and promote this service to their current customers. Orange technical team is still working to roll out this software, yet they have revealed that this plan is for going international after France.

It is already known that Orange has already come up with numerous interesting services related to Facebook including carrier billing and easy access to Facebook on the low end mobile devices. The announcement about Party Call is showing that there is more on card to come.

Now the question is that who will lead Party Call- the Facebook or Orange? Orange is going to drive the seat and for sure this will bring Facebook one step nearer to the telephone services and modify the way it communicates. According to Zuckerberg integration is quite essential and mobile web is quite huge for the Facebook.

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