Well, the days of riding around on your bike for hours in an attempt to find your friends are very much behind us, and we’re being introduced to yet another method of 21st century communication.
Orange has lifted the lid on something called “Party Call”, which essentially allows you to call your Facebook chums – without having to worry about phone numbers and that.
Party Call builds on an iOS app called Libon, from Orange Vallée, a Skype alternative with a focus on “smart voicemail”. It’s expected to make the leap to Android in 2013.
Ultimately, Party Call will have two tiers, one free, one premium, with the latter costing £6.99 and allowing you to call Facebook contacts that haven’t yet embraced Libon.
Facebook is rather excited about Party Call, with a spokesperson beaming: “By connecting its Party Call service to Facebook, Orange will be able to offer customers a truly personal experience. It is a great example of how companies can use Facebook’s open developer platform to make their products social.
“We are really happy that Facebook is transforming telecoms just as it has gaming, music, video and numerous other online services.”