Facebook Messenger video calling is now available worldwide

Last month, Facebook added video calling to its Messenger app, although support was limited to a few countries including the U.S., Canada and U.K. Today the feature is finally available worldwide, or at least pretty close to that.

Facebook says the feature is not supported in a few countries, but this is about to change very soon. Apparently, the company is still working on ways to optimize video quality for these areas. While Facebook didn’t provide an official list with the currently unsupported countries, according to user feedback, video calling is not yet available in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Romania and Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, Facebook does seem in a hurry to offer access to video calling for all its users, so things may be changing even as we speak.

Facebook Messenger Video Camera icon

The latest update adds a video camera icon at the top of any open Messenger conversation, which you can use to send a video request to your contact. Should that person not accept the call, the icon turns grey and you will get a message to notify you that they’re not available.

Video calls can be made on both WIFI and cellular data connections, which is something completely normal in my opinion. There’s nothing out of the ordinary about the feature, there are many other apps that offer video calling.

It’s going to be interesting to see if competing apps like Skype and Whatsapp will see a certain usage drop now that Facebook Messenger offers video calling. Also, carriers from all over the world are now ‘scared’ their customers are relying less on traditional phone-to-phone calls given the plethora of chat apps that are available for free. Some even implemented restrictions like making VoIP services available for an additional monthly fee.

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