“With iOS 7, Apple will introduce FaceTime Audio, a first-party voice over IP extension of the company’s video calling service that could disrupt the mobile industry by bringing free long distance and international calling to iPhone users around the world,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“FaceTime Audio could be a game-changing addition to Apple’s mobile operating system, even more so than the video calling service it’s built on,” Campbell reports. “In the iOS 7 beta, FaceTime Audio can be found wherever the usual video version of the service is implemented. For example, users can place calls from the Phone app, the dedicated FaceTime app and Messages, among others. For now, the service appears is Wi-Fi only, though that could change before the OS is released this fall.”

Campbell reports, “Because the iPhone is used by so many, a baked-in VoIP solution that is readily accessible and easy to use could face opponents in the wireless industry as the data-based service could disrupt long-distance calling revenue streams.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Dan King” and “Sarah” for the heads up.]