When Facebook entered the murky waters of the instant messaging business with Facebook Messenger, many eyebrows were raised by its US-only launch. With over 700 million users worldwide, that left a fair chunk unable to take advantage of Facebook’s latest venture.

As of now, that’s an issue that’s on its way to being addressed, with Facebook Messenger now being made available in the U.K. App Store…

Priced at the same low, low price of free, Facebook’s U.K. app is identical to its US brother; it offers a way of accessing and sending Facebook Messages without venturing into the official Facebook app. If you’re the kind of person that loses hours on Facebook, then that’s a winner right there.

There’s been no official word why the app was US-only in the first place, or why the app isn’t available worldwide yet, but we suspect it’s all a case of managing the load on Facebook’s systems, and that Facebook users worldwide will eventually be able to get in on the action.

[TNW]