Facebook Messenger update adds free Wi-Fi calls

Facebook has recently updated its popular Messenger application for mobile devices. If you have never used Facebook Messenger, it is an application independent from the Facebook app that allows you to send and receive messages from your Facebook friends by using your data connection. The application is similar to texting, but has a more robust set of features including:

  • Chat with groups.
  • Text your phone contacts, even if you're not Facebook friends.
  • Share your location so people know when you're nearby.
  • Record voice messages.

The new update includes:

  • Groups: Now you can create groups for the people you message most. Name them, set group photos and keep them all in one place
  • Forwarding: Want to send a message or photo to someone who isn't in the conversation? Just tap to forward it
  • Conversation Shortcuts: Create a shortcut so that you can get to any conversation right from your home screen
  • Free Calls: Talk as long as you want and stay in touch wherever you are. (Calls are free over Wi-Fi. Otherwise, standard data charges apply).

One of the more interesting new features is the ability to call friends using your data plan. This feature was available in the beta, but is now available to all Facebook Messenger users. The new update is currently available for iOS (version 4.1) and Android (version 4.0). The Windows Phone version (version 3.1) was also updated but did not add the Wi-Fi calling feature. 

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