Facebook has released a free smartphone app to allow users to extract phone numbers from Facebook without having to create an account or register a new phone number.
The mobile app, called Phone Extractor, works by first downloading a Facebook app and then extracting the phone number, which is then passed along to the phone provider.
The phone number is then stored on a cloud-based server, so users do not have to create a Facebook account or pay for the service.
The app was developed by two Canadian developers, and Facebook says it has raised $1 million in seed funding to make the app available.
The phone number extraction process is simple: The user connects to the Facebook app through an invitation.
If a Facebook friend wants to call someone on their phone, the user sends the friend a text message, which the Facebook client sends to the friend’s phone number and the recipient will then receive a call.
The users phone number may be associated with a Facebook profile or it may not.
If the phone is associated with the Facebook account, the phone will not appear in the Facebook mobile app.
If not, the app will not automatically create a phone number for the user.
The Facebook phone app is available for Android and iOS, and it costs $3.99 for the iPhone and $4.99 on the iPad.
It’s available for download on the app store.
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