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Facebook Testing SMS Functionality in Messenger

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Feb 11, 2016, 4:34 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Facebook is exploring the possibility of allowing people to send SMS messages through the Facebook Messenger application on Android devices. "We are always trying to create new ways for people to communicate seamlessly with everyone," said Facebook in a statement provided to TechCrunch. "Right now, we're testing the ability for people to easily bring all their conversations — from SMS and Messenger — to one place. It's a really simple way to get, see and respond to all your SMS messages in just one app. By choosing to access your SMS messages in Messenger, they're right alongside all the other enhanced features that Messenger offers." Facebook Messenger has morphed plenty over the years. Originally it was part of the main Facebook app, but Facebook broke it out in 2014 to make it more robust. Messenger has, at times, supported sending Facebook messages to other users via SMS. Facebook is now reimagining how the feature will work by placing full SMS/MMS functionality into Facebook Messenger. The messaging app was also recently updated with support for multiple accounts. Facebook is testing the feature on a small number of users in the U.S. and didn't say if or when it will expand the tool to more people.

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