Facebook Messenger adds free video calling for the US and 17 more countries

This new feature means that Facebook Messenger could be a competitor in the VoIP video market to apps such as Skype and Viber, among others. Facebook says:

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.Video calling in Messenger is available for calls made from a mobile phone to another mobile phone, even if one person is on iOS and the other person is on an Android device.

Besides the US, the video calling feature for Messenger is live in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, and Uruguay. More countries and territories will be added to the list in the coming months.

Source: Facebook

  • Like always Brazil is not on the list...Same old...Same old...
  • After reading the reviews on the play store I think I'll pass Posted via the Android Central App from my HTC m8
  • They usually go by the population of users in a country first Posted via the Android Central App
  • No thanks. I have no interest in integrating myself with Facebook any more than absolutely necessary. Posted via the AC App on my Nexus 6
  • Same here. Google+ All Day Everyday
  • Wow.... They just released a feature that have been available in any country since forever on Skype and Hangout. That's only news because it's Facebook. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Guess what FANBOY, like BBM and all the other stupid messaging services out there, MOST PEOPLE USE FACEBOOK. hell all of my friends, more than you probably will ever have, use messenger instead of texting and whatsapp and kik, It's nice to have everything in one place in a system that most EVERYONE USES. I know many, many people who have android and DO NOT use hangouts at all. I myself disabled it. I use messenger all day, and it's nice to not have to use yet another app to do video.
  • Exactly! This is interesting news to me. I'm the only one in my family that isn't on iOS. They don't use Skype, but they sure the heck use FB. This gives me added ability to "see" them a little more often. I'm highly greatful for this tid bit of information.
  • Hangouts all day everyday! I'll keep on supporting a company that pays me to use its services rather than making money off of me. I'm also going to keep encouraging people to use Google+, Hangouts and other Google services. Oh and BTFW nobody (nobody cool anyway) is using the phrase "fan-boy"anymore. Google+ All Day Everyday
  • Why did the author of this article repeatedly use the word "free" to describe the video calling service? The original source never uses "free" because of course it is free. Video calling isn't some new technology that people would pay for. "Next week, Facebook and Google+ allow you to join their social media services, absolutely free!" Posted via the Android Central App
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  • Meh.... My feet stank Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well this will really expand who I can video call to, besides apple's facetime (yuck!) there is no other service that is widely use. I mean you can get your friend to download skype but with the number of people on facebook almost everyone will have the messenger app installed on there phone. So you can easily reach them now
  • Am I the only one who sees a screen shot of hangouts instead fb? Way to make your very late to the party product unique. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Looks exactly like Hangouts (imitation is the ultimate form of flattery). I'm so looking forward to Project Fi. Google+ All Day Everyday
  • Well, I deleted Hangouts from my phone last month and now it seems Skype is going to be deleted as well.
  • Finally! Been waiting for this feature to be implemented. Posted via Android Central App
  • Any word on a mobile-to-desktop connection? Posted via Android Central App
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  • Happy Canada, I would use it instead of skype.
  • I see the link for google play but when I click it the messenger app doesn't mention FB video. What am I missing?
  • I really don't need it. happy with whatever I have now..