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 Share on LinkedIn
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.

Facebook Messenger for Android MSISDN registration

Facebook Messenger for Android MSISDN registration

Related articles

Social media in 2012

Facebook to buy Whatsapp?

Facebook bug re-adds users to groups

Internet debate to dominate global summit

Share your thoughts

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

Do you have a new Smart ID card?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

Rand dips below R14 to the US dollar

South African Rand Money Coin

The rand has dipped below R14 to the US dollar for the first time since November 2015.

Awesome tech specials and gadget deals

Sale Deals

This weekend you can save money on a wide range of gadgets from Makro, Incredible Connection, Game, and Dion Wired.

Schoolboy invents “cellphone” that doesn’t use airtime

Spectrum signal tower

A Grade 12 learner in Namibia’s Ohagwena Region has invented a sim-less mobile phone that does not require airtime to make calls.

FSB investigating JSE’s R98-billion mistake

JSE stocks growth

The Financial Services Board said on Friday it is looking into a programming error that caused the JSE to miscalculate inflows into SA equities by R98bn.

Free MyBroadband Newsletter
×