• http://www.facebook.com/davidtb Dt Bell

    Seems like they'll try to get you one way or another. (with ads)

  • Faiz Ahmed Faiz

    I need to understand how different are these phone nomber based chat clients are. A friend forced me to use whatsapp for my android and I later found out that we both need to have it and the thing message doesnt get delivered as SMS text to anyone who doesnt have whatsapp or presently offline.
    Instead of an id, you need a phone number and its no different!

    Am I missing something obvious ?

    • http://twitter.com/ao9news andy o

      Ease of use. You don't need to create an account to use it. It's an easy thing to do, but you'd be suprised how many people just don't need or want to create yet another user ID and password (me included). Also, instead of adding friends, it's just your phone's contact list.

      Regardless of function, the easier to set up these apps are, the better they will be, cause more people will use them. If no one uses it, as you say, they're not worth much.

  • Robert Alex Kibler

    Wow. I'm really impressed.

  • http://silverfang77.tumblr.com/ Silver Fang

    In the USA, a Facebook account is still required.

  • hyperbolic

    I don't think we need another "WhatsApp" app.

    • Román Rodríguez

      Came here to say that. Lol.

  • Micheal White

    I guess I'm missing the point of handcent and other services. If you have a phone you can text with just the number. If you have web access you can email or use google voice another unlisted alternative.

    • didibus

      It's faster to text with an internet based SMS app like WhatsApp, and you can tell if you're message was read or not. I agree though, that it is not too important, SMS works well, and is way more reliable, since every phone supports it with just a phone number. Though some people have a limit on SMS and MMS, but pay for data, so that might be a reason why.

      • http://twitter.com/ao9news andy o

        There's some confusion about this with Whatsapp. The second check is a "delivered" notification, not a "read" one, same as with Viber. Just means it reached the other party's phone, not that it's been read or displayed (i.e. your friend has a notification on his/her phone). Facebook itself got some criticism for actually doing this, where it tells people when others have seen their messages, and it's also doing it with group posts and pictures.

        • didibus

          Ya, it's true, I've always felt the confusion. Personally, I think their is a need for a better designed and feature full SMS replacement, none of them are really great right now, which is why I still use SMS way more, and don't bug people to install any of them. As a plus side, I just thought of a good reason for their existence, to allow tablets to "txt message" with phone users.

  • FrillArtist

    I will never use anything made by Facebook. I deleted Instagram when Facebook bought it.

    • Román Rodríguez

      I hope they don't buy my dog, otherwise I'll have to kill it.

  • http://twitter.com/ao9news andy o

    WhatsApp, for example, is locked in to itself. However, if you use Facebook and your friend doesn't, you both can still use the same app to communicate.

    I'm not sure what you mean by this. You both have to be using Whatsapp, and you both need to be using the fb app. What's the difference? Did you mean that you can do it also without having a phone, and from other devices? I would agree in that case, but that's not a strength of fb, it's more of a weakness of Whatsapp, cause there are similar popular apps that do it like Tango and Line.

    • Guy Hoang

      With FB Messenger, regular SMS are in the app as well. This makes it more versatile than whatsapp or chaton.

  • Aku

    So does the other person need to install the FB messenger app too? Or will I be able to text anyone whether they have or don't have the fb messenger app?

  • McLean Riley

    "However, unlike a lot of those other apps, this is fairly clean, from a well-known software developer and it can be expanded"

    I have to disagree. Well I guess not completely, because they might be a well-known developer, but they have continually produced a crappy android app for their service.

  • Pravs

    With all privacy concerns regarding FB..how many will be ready to use this app?? Zuck & team ill start sniffing all the messages we send

  • http://twitter.com/tylerrobb Tyler Robb

    Does this mean anything new for people who have ported their numbers to Google Voice? I'm specifically referring to MMS. I would guess that Facebook doesn't use the MMS protocol to send pictures, but how does it handle incoming MMS? (or does it?)

  • pravs

    FB i don't want you sniffing all my messages too so a big no to ur app. I'm very much happy with Hike http://get.hike.in/ a whatsapp alternative. I do see people from many countries don't find it in play store the reason is its under scheduled global roll out. But i can bet its the best & secured alternative to whatsapp

  • Matthew

    I have been using Google chat and i think it's good. But if you want to message someone they would have to be using Google chat as well. Most people use Facebook and it would be easier to message them through Facebook's messenger i would assume.

  • Carlos David

    Another window to be spyed. Another app for android from Facebook. FB app is a pain, bad design, bad performance

  • IncCo

    Its not an SMS app! Does it send text messages to other phones. NO.. then why claim it is an SMS app.. the only true SMS app ive been able to find for free, that works is HeyWire.

    • http://twitter.com/sabincruz Sabin Cruz

      You can use facebook messenger to send SMS to other phones! There is an option to enable it in the setting!

      • IncCo

        Really? Well.. if that is the case then it suddenly became more interesting..

        • David McClellan

          What would be more is of like yourself would read the article, do some research and then comment instead of skimming the article, commenting, and then looking idiotic without the nerve to admit it.

          • IncCo

            Yes, because i have the outmost interest into putting my energy into researching a failbook app. Also, a very productive comment from your side. /s Most internet messaging apps claim to be SMS apps, hence my distrust for this claim.

  • Dan

    Thank you, Facebook! This may be what finally gets Google to finish their damned product.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vikram-Dhani/673494386 Vikram Dhani

    I just updated the app but i cant not send the sms to a phone number, person have to be in my address book neither i am receiving any messages (sms)

  • Freak4Dell

    I never understood the fad behind web-based texting apps. I mean, I guess it's useful if you don't have an SMS plan, but really, who is that cheap anymore? In the US, anyway, it's pretty hard to even come by a plan that doesn't have SMS included, regardless of whether you actually want it or not. Everybody but T-Mobile forces you to have texting if you have a smartphone, and even with them, it's so cheap that it's just not worth the hassle of dealing with apps like this. Prepaids have it included, too, so the frugal people have no reason to not have a texting plan either.

    The only internet texting app I see myself using is Google Chat, if Google ever gets around to unifying those apps. And the only reason I'd use it is because I wouldn't even know which medium it was using to send it. If it's seamless, I don't care, but as long as you have to have different IDs or random phone numbers or whatever, it's not worth using, IMO.