Yesterday, Facebook released free Facebook Messenger apps for both Android and iOS mobile phones. Facebook Messenger allows users to communicate in real time, just as most messenger programs do, but with a few key advantages.
First, there is flexibility in that your instant messages can be transmitted via Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, or SMS, to users on phones or using Facebook desktop chat.
Second is that it automatically leverages the Facebook network you already have in place. So unlike the classic AIM, for instance, there's no need to contact friends separately to find out new chat handles or information.
Since Facebook has upward of 750 million subscribers, and thus a large preexisting market, the Facebook Messenger app has skyrocketed in popularity from the get-go.
You can find the free Facebook Messenger app in the respective App stores for Android and iOS devices (iPhones, iPads, etc.), or check out this dedicated Facebook page, from which the site will send the app directly to your phone if you have an existing Facebook account.
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