No Facebook? No Problem! Now Anyone Can Use Facebook Messenger to Send Free Texts, Make Calls, and More
With hopes to expand its already popular Messenger service, Facebook has announced users no longer have to even have a Facebook account to use the app.
That means Facebook holdouts can use the popular messaging service for everything from sending simple text messages to making international phone calls – and all for free (instead of traditional text messages that can count against data plans and cost money).
Just download the app and launch. You’ll have the option to sign in normally with Facebook, but now users can sign up using a profile name, picture, and by providing a phone number.
That’s it. You can start adding people in your contact list. It can even be as simple as typing in a phone number and, well, that’s it.
You can create a “group” of people you most frequently contact – good friends and family, for instance. Users also can shoot videos and take pictures using Messenger and send them with one tap.
And there’s more. For example, users can make free calls using Messenger, even to other countries. Other features include the abilities to let people know where you are and turn off notifications if you just don’t feel like being reached.
Reports from around the web speculate the move is simply designed to grow Messenger’s value by removing the big requirement that using Messenger must be tied to a user’s Facebook account. Most recent figures cited – from March – indicate Messenger has about 600 million active users a month.
The app is free.
The iOS version can be found here: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id454638411
The Windows Phone version can be found here: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/messenger/3219d30d-4a23-4f58-a91c-c44b04e6a0c7
The Android version can be found here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.orca