05/08/2020

Facebook Messenger for iPad nears as WhatsApp goes free for BlackBerry

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The battle between instant messaging rivals is heating up this week. Facebook, just days after adding free voice skills to its Messenger app, is reported to be rolling out a Facebook Messenger app for iPad tomorrow, while mobile juggernaut WhatsApp just went free on BlackBerry.

Facebook has a big, mysterious press event scheduled for tomorrow afternoon UK time, and while there are whispers that this could be the launch pad for the social network’s “own phone”, TechCrunch is reporting that it will also see the launch of Facebook Messenger for iPad. An extra platform for the chat app is always welcome, especially one that’s so popular.

Facebook Messenger adds voice, are free phone calls next?

The iPad is also rival messaging service WhatsApp’s weakness: because it’s tied to your phone number, it won’t work on tablets. Perhaps to counter this, WhatApp made its chat service completely free to BlackBerry users, dropping the fee after a year’s use, so ‘Berry addicts can carry on chatting with their other smartphone-owning mates for free for ever more.

What do you make of this new breed of messaging apps? Are they SMS slayers? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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