Facebook takes on WhatsApp in South Africa

The Facebook Messenger app for Android has a new way to sign up and it hints at plans to tackle text messaging

By - December 5, 2012
Facebook Messenger

Facebook announced on Tuesday (4 December 2012) that it is rolling out a new way to create an account in its Messenger application for Android using your name and number.

Previously users needed a Facebook account to use the Messenger application.

Once a user has signed up for a Messenger account, Facebook said, they can start messaging their mobile contacts.

According to media reports, quoting a Facebook spokesperson, the feature will launch on Android in five countries and will roll out globally in the coming weeks.

South Africa is listed among the five launch regions, with the other four being: Australia, India, Indonesia, and Venezuela.

At the time of writing the Messenger for Android application let a South African device go through the new registration procedure, but failed to send the confirmation code.

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