Facebook’s Messenger app has loosened its chains a little and is on its way to being a viable replacement to standard SMS. Hot off the heels of integrating itself with standard texting, Facebook recently announced that users will no longer need to sign into to their Facebook accounts in order to use Messenger— instead, users will only need to provide a name and a number in order to communicate with their friends— similar to what GroupMe or WhatsApp does already. There seems to be some sound reasoning to this decision as Facebook is looking to compete directly against iChat and BBM users. More importantly– the new Facebook Messenger app will be set up as a more efficient and more compelling alternative to the slow and outdated SMS standard.
While the new advancement of Facebook Messenger is exciting and all— most users probably shouldn’t expect to see the new update at least right away. It’s worth noting that India, Australia, Indonesia, Venezuela, and South Africa are the only countries able to take advantage of the new update for now. Knowing Mark Zuckerberg though– it probably won’t be too long of a wait to see other countries take advantage of this sooner than later.
source: The Verge