Recent research by Ofcom revealed that 57 percent of smartphone owners that access the web from their device use their handset to visit social networking sites, making it the most popular net-based mobile activity. Facebook is arguably one of the most popular social networks with more than 750 million active members, so with this in mind we've rounded up five of the best free iPhone apps that can make social networking on the go a smoother experience.

Facebook for iPhone

Obviously, Facebook's official app for the iPhone is the best place to start. The latest version of the software allows Apple smartphone owners to streamline their experience with the social network. Ass well as fixing a number of bugs in the software, the latest app also improves the chat function.

Video Call for Facebook

Facebook recently introduced a video calling function with the help of VoIP firm Skype. This app allows iPhone owners to make video-calls to their friends on the social network from their handsets


This free app lets users capture video clips on their iPhone and then upload directly to Facebook (or Twitter) and tag your friends with just a few clicks.


This voice over IP (VoIP) application from Vonage allows users to call each other from their Facebook page without the need for either caller to disclose their phone number.


This app lets Facebook users that 'Check in' to a place discover other friends that are nearby as well as see where they've checked in and any photos that have been posted in the immediate vicinity. The location-based service also lets users adjust their privacy settings so only their friends can see their location and view their posts.