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Facebook makes deals for cheap/free cellular Messenger use

updated 10:39 am EST, Mon February 25, 2013

Doesn't require Facebook account

Facebook has announced deals with number of cellphone carriers to temporarily offer cheap or free data for its Messenger apps. The partnerships cover 18 carriers in 14 countries, and may be a way of pushing Facebook in regions where it isn't the dominant social network. Some of the more prominent countries in the list include Brazil, Egypt, India, Ireland, Italy, the Philippines, Portugal, and Thailand.

The promotions should last three months or more, depending on the carrier. People notably don't even need a Facebook account, since Messenger can be used by anyone with a phone number. It does, however, become easier for contacts to find each other when they have an account. Several versions of Messenger are available; aside from native iOS and Android apps, people can also use or Facebook for Every Phone.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Grendelmon

    Senior User

    Joined: 12-26-07

    Can someone please explain

    ...Why exactly Facebook wants to be in the "messaging" business in the first place? I don't understand why they are doing this.

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    Eventually, to make money — either by charging you (once they've made their service indispensable), or by listening to your every word and interjecting topical advertising every three minutes or so.

    They might have a good crack at the market: Nobody knows what's going to happen to Skype in the long term, now that Microsoft owns it.

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