Originally launched in the US in mid-August, Facebook Messenger, a free-to-use app for iOS and Android becomes available in the UK today.
The app is aimed at BlackBerry's popular Messenger service (BBM) which ha lng been a favourite with users because it's like sending text messagers but for free, so long as your chum also has a BlackBerry. BBM rose to mainstream prominence this summar after police and politicians sought to blame the Messenger for helping kids to get together for a bit through-the-window shopping after the shops were shut.
The app allows both one-to-one and group conversations via computer, tablet or mobile phone.
Users can also share their location, send images and contact information and for those not using a smartphone or who don’t have the app installed, there’s the option to include these contacts in the conversation via text message.