Bringing it to mobile could Messenger a serious competitor to i OS-only Face Time, clunky Skype, and less-ubiquitous Google Hangouts.With 600 million Messenger users and 1.44 billion on Facebook, the new VOIP video feature has a massive built-in audience.This is all part of Facebook’s philosophy that its products have to be good enough to grow without massive cross-promotional help. Protecting people from their own data usage will be important for the feature.It’s often let products like Facebook Deals or Home die rather than pester its nearly one and a half billion people to use them. Only products and features people actually want survive and that’s how the product keeps getting better and better” Chudnovsky reveals. Though Facebook offers a way to disable auto-play of News Feed videos when you’re not on Wi-Fi to save people’s data plans, some users who didn’t still felt burned when they saw their bills.Messenger has no plans to charge for audio or video calling. If you have access, you’ll see the video camera icon in the top right corner when you’re having a Messenger chat with a friend who can be called.Instead, it knows more messaging drives lock in with Facebook’s News Feed where it makes tons of money from ads. Tapping it starts a video call, which opens when the recipient accepts.It’s all free on Facebook’s side, and users will only be charged for data use by their mobile operator, which they can avoid by using Wi-Fi.
It’s easy to switch to just VOIP audio, and Facebook will gracefully notify you if the connection weakens to where video won’t work.
This will also let Facebook promote Messenger video calling without being too annoying.
For example, Chudnovsky imagines two people Messenger text chatting for hours, one in a hotel room in NY, another in a room in Paris, both on Wi-Fi.
Very happy.” Overall, Messenger’s voice and video quality were strong despite an imperfect mobile connection.
And since everyone you know is probably already on Facebook and connected to you, and you can easily find new contacts there, Messenger could take the hassle out of simulating a face-to-face conversation.