Facebook Messenger goes global

Facebook Messenger for iPhone

Last month, Facebook introduced their new messaging app, Facebook Messenger, but it was only available in the US and Canada. Not anymore - Facebook Messenger is now available worldwide!

At first, I was reluctant to use Facebook Messenger because Facebook hasn't exactly had a great track record with Facebook for iPhone. However, I've been pleased with Facebook Messenger because of how quick it is and the fact that it's not nearly as buggy as Facebook for iPhone.

Facebook Messenger is a faster way to send mobile messages to friends. With Messenger, you can send and receive messages with any of your friends or anyone in your mobile contacts list.

  • Send messages instantly to other friends who have Messenger
  • Chat with friends who are on Facebook
  • Get free push notifications for incoming messages
  • Reach friends via text message if they don't have Messenger yet
  • Create group conversations for making plans on the go
  • Add more friends to group conversations at any time
  • Attach photos and location to messages
  • Control alert settings for each conversation

Facebook Messenger is available on the iPhone for free.

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Facebook Messenger goes global


might be great if it was more reliable with the push. Sometimes mine stops working entirely, sometimes only from FB users, and on a good day everyone. Its a pretty useful app and will kill SMS paid plans for most on a smartphone.

I wonder why anybody would want to use an app store based in places other than US or Europe...other app stores are so out-dated...

It's not even worth it. I've you've got the facebook app you've got this. It's just the same as the 'inbox' button in Facebook, but you can attach pictures too. Pointless.

Believe me: it's actually VERY different. The full facebook app is a slow, almost-unusable mess. The messenger app is fast and responsive. Yes, it's basically just your facebook inbox, but the push functionality makes it almost like a free texting app that also "just happens" to sync with your facebook account (meaning you can continue the conversation on your computer).

So answer me this...
Why would facebook spend all this time/money/effort on a new app, ONLY doing one thing, when their original app is among the slowest/worst/inconsistent updating social networking apps on IOS?
Facebook for iPhone is horrible. I would be happy if I got 1 in 10 of the notifications that are suppose to be coming to my IOS devices or even if the app updated correctly when I pulled down (seriously it is almost as bad as GMail Exchange on consistency).
Don't even get me started on how horrible it is on Edge when I visit relatives in Alabama.
I have contacted them many a emails about doing something about their facebook for iPhone app and no response yet... not even an automated response to indicate the got it my encouraging rant.
Destroy Facebook for iPhone, update it to Facebook for iOS and unicode the hell outta that rewrite.

I've use this app it sucks no buddy list !! The Most reliable Facebook messaganger app I've used so far is im+ video and it's FREEEE . I also have im+ pro. And I feel im+ video is quicker to load up

I've had this around 2 months now ... and it's pointless!
FB hope that we will use it to send all our text through and forget about the standard sms app - dont be fooled people!!!!