All you need is a phone number! Facebook launches new messenger app

BT Online Bureau   San Francisco     Last Updated: December 5, 2012  | 16:25 IST

Social networking giant Facebook has rolled out its new messenger app, allowing mobile phone users without Facebook account to sign up for the service with just a phone number.

Facebook Messenger is an instant messaging service and software application which provides text and video communication.

The app will be first available to users of phones running on Google's Android platform in India, Indonesia, Australia, Venezuela and South Africa, Xinhua reported.

"Users can now sign up for a messenger account with just their name and phone number, so they can send messages to their phone contacts instantly ," Facebook said in a statement.

The sign up option will soon be rolled out globally, along with a version for Apple's iPhone users and other smartphone platforms, the statement added.

Facebook Messenger's mobile version was released last year for major smartphone platforms, but users needed to sign up with a Facebook account.

The latest move is expected to help the social network reach a larger audience, attracting smartphone users with no Facebook account to gradually use more of the company's services.

With inputs from IANS

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