TouchPal, the mobile keyboard application developer, today released a new version of its caller identification and mobile services app. The major update is the addition of the free voice call option. The company also announced the app has been renamed TouchPal Call (our translation).

The feature enables TouchPal users to call each other or call non-TouchPal users over WiFi or 3G/4G networks, with recipients not having to be connected. Also, users don’t have to create a Touchpal account.

Over-the-top voice calling isn’t yet widely popular in China. It is believed that there aren’t voice call options with local messaging apps such as WeChat for fear of interference from the three state-owned telecom operators.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com