The Facebook Messenger app was updated for iOS and Android users on Monday, and now supports free video calling in 18 countries including the U.S. With this new feature, Facebook Messenger becomes a competitor in the video calling market which includes popular apps like Skype. While in the middle of a conversation using Facebook Messenger, clicking on the video icon in the top right corner of the screen opens the video calling app. This will work even if the video chat is between an iOS user and an Android user.
Right now, the countries supporting the service include the U.S., Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, U.K., and Uruguay. Other countries will be added to this list over time.
"You can quickly start a video call from any conversation with just one tap. If you’re messaging with someone and realize that words just aren’t enough, you can simply choose the video icon in the top right corner of the screen and start a video call right from within an existing Messenger conversation."-Facebook
Facebook says that it has 600 million monthly users of Messenger and Facebook continues to expand the capabilities of the platform. For example, it recently gave subscribers the ability to send money to friends. Speaking of money, video calls are free on Facebook Messenger, although they will consume your data. Your best bet is to try to find a Wi-Fi connection before clicking on that video icon.
Free video calls are available to Facebook Messenger users in 18 countries
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