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Facebook projects the 'disappearance of the phone number' in 2016

Facebook's VP of Messaging says phone numbers will soon be obsolete.

@seanridgeley
Published Thu, Jan 7 2016 2:56 PM CST   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:16 PM CDT

Facebook is looking ahead to all of 2016 in its latest blog post, and in it, it spells the death knell of the ubiquitous phone number.

Facebook projects the 'disappearance of the phone number' in 2016 | TweakTown.com

"Think about it: SMS and texting came to the fore in the time of flip phones," writes VP of Messaging Products David Marcus. "Now, many of us can do so much more on our phones; we went from just making phone calls and sending basic text-only messages to having computers in our pockets. And just like the flip phone is disappearing, old communication styles are disappearing too."

Marcus' feeling is that Messenger offers everything having a phone number does and then some, so having a phone number is no longer necessary.

"Yes, you can send text messages, but you can also send stickers, photos, videos, voice clips, GIFs, your location, and money to people. You can make video and voice calls while at the same time not needing to know someone's phone number. You don't need to have a Facebook account to use Messenger anymore, and it's also a cross platform experience - so you can pick up where you left off whether you're on a desktop computer, a tablet, or your phone."

Other focuses for Facebook this year include group messaging, AI, and interactions with businesses and services (e.g. buying a plane ticket, getting customer service, etc.).

NEWS SOURCE:newsroom.fb.com

Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

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