FourFourSeconds ago, WhatsApp announced a partnership with Facebook to allow people to send and receive SMS texts from both companies’ mobile phones.
It’s not the first time that WhatsApp has partnered with Facebook.
In March, the two companies announced that they would be collaborating on new messaging features, including a feature called Instant Messaging (IM).
Since then, Facebook has said that it plans to integrate WhatsApp into its Messenger app on iOS, Android, and the web.
But the company has been tight-lipped about when this partnership might happen.
Last week, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg said that the company was still working out details on the new messaging service, and that the service would be available to users by the end of the year.
“We’re looking to launch it in Q2 of this year,” Zuckerberg said in a statement at the time.
With this partnership, WhatsApp will allow people in the US to send SMS texts to WhatsApp’s users in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia.
WhatsApp users in other countries will have to be on the same Wi-Fi network as WhatsApp.
Users in Europe, India, and Africa will also be able to send texts from WhatsApp to the people in those countries.
The new messaging feature will allow users to make unlimited number of free SMS texts, but the feature is only available in select countries and will not be available in the U.K., Ireland, or Australia.
While the new feature may be a boon for the WhatsApp users of other countries, the company is not currently planning to launch the service in India, the only country in which WhatsApp currently offers free SMS texting.