In addition to sending free texts, you can also:

Message friends and contacts

  • Get started fast log in with your Facebook account, or just use your phone number
  • Send voice messages, photos, smileys and other emoji
  • Get push notifications

Make plans on the go with social messaging features

  • Message a friend or start a group conversation
  • Include your location to let friends know you're nearby

Chat and receive SMS messages

  • Swipe left to see who's available to chat
  • See your SMS and Facebook messages together in the app currently only available on some phones

Messenger does all this using your existing data plan.

What's New:

  • Android
    • Videos you shoot in Messenger can be saved to your phone's gallery.
    • Plus, other fixes to make the app more reliable.
  • Added iPad version. Launched today July 3, 2014
    • Version 7.0
    • Videos you shoot in Messenger can be saved to your phone's camera roll.
  • Added Windows Phone version (5.0.1.0)
  • iPhone
    • More ways to message: Everything's front and center, so it's easier to send photos, voice messages and more.
    • Video: Send videos from your phone's camera roll and when people send you videos, play them right in the app.
    • Instant photo sharing: Take a photo and send it in just one tap, without leaving the conversation.
    • Shortcuts to stickers: When someone sends you a sticker, press and hold down on it to get the pack.
    • Improved search: Enter the names of people and groups to find them quickly.
    • Other fixes, including to stickers and groups.