Facebook Do Away SMS Charges for Account Kit, Adoption Grows Globally

Account Kit helps you grow your app or website by giving people a choice to sign in with their phone number or email address without a password.

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Facebook's Account Kit has been implemented by developers across 26 countries, with a promising conversion rates at up to 90%.

What's Account Kit? Launched at F8 in April this year, "Account Kit', is a solution that helps developers quickly authenticate people and create accounts to help grow their app's audience.

In short, it'is complementary to Facebook Login, "giving people the choice to sign in with their 'phone numbers" or "email addresses" without the need for a password or a Facebook account."

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With this success growth, today, the social network company has simplifyed "pricing for SMS confirmation messages."

Starting today and through August 2018, the company will not institute any SMS charges for developers using Account Kit.

At that point "standard SMS rates may apply for apps exceeding 100K SMS confirmation messages per month," the added.

For FbStart apps, "our program for early-stage mobile startups, we will not institute any Account Kit SMS charges indefinitely," facebook said.

You can learn how to apply for FbStart here.

Finally, the company also noted, that it'll soon share more details—once the they complete building features that "rely less heavily on SMS as a confirmation mechanism" to offer a better consumer experience and "help lead to higher conversion rates."

"Account Kit is a great solution for any app developer looking to build mobile number-based authentication. Facebook's fast SMS delivery and seamless one-time password (OTP) ensures customers get a flawless login experience."

Here are some advantages that Account Kit offers:

  • "Customizable user interface (UI) lets you adapt the look and feel of Account Kit to match your brand. You'll find two UI options in the Account Kit SDK: "basic UI" and "advanced UI".
  • Rich aggregated analytics help in understand better your audience and their login preferences, when you use Account Kit alongside App Events from the Facebook SDK.
  • Facebook notification backup option: When a user sign-in using their phone number, but doesn't receive an SMS. They can choose to receive a Facebook notification to their account to complete the login process," explains the Facebook dev team.

Watch the video under to see how Account Kit works:

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