No one likes paying for text messages, right? And there’s only so many things you can do with an SMS. No photos (that’s called MMS), no location sharing, no read receipts, nothing that you’d associate with modern instant messaging platforms. WhatsApp is the most popular OTT (over the top) messaging service, but right behind them is a competitor we can’t help but love called Viber. Today the company is announcing that they’ve surpassed 140 million users and that they’re adding members at a rate of 400,000 per day. How does that compare to WhatsApp? We don’t really know because the company doesn’t like to disclose numbers, but many analysts assume it’s in the 200 million to 300 million range.
Why use Viber instead of WhatsApp? They both do the exact same thing. You install the app, it asks you for permission to scan your address book, and then it enables you to message your friends who are also using the app for free. The thing is, we just like how Viber looks. It’s cleaner. It’s easier on the eyes. That may seem like a shallow reason, but hey, first impressions count!
So what platforms does Viber support? Android, of couse, iOS, Windows Phone 7 (not 8), Nokia (S40 and S60), BlackBerry, and even Samsung’s feature phone operating system Bada. The latest version of the app, released today to celebrate the 140 million user milestone, now has location sharing and “sticker support”, which is just a fancy way of saying animated photos that teenage girls like to add to the end of their messages.
We’re curious, which apps do you use to message your friends for free? We know Android phones come with Google Talk out of the box, but that’s an account based IM service, not a phone number based iMessage/BBM type client. There’s a key difference between the two.
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The fact that viber allows us to do free audio and video calls makes me slightly more inclined to it than whatsapp. And yes, the app looks “more viber”ant than whatsapp which now looks boring.
Voice calling is amazing for long distance. 8.5/10 quality too!
I use ChatON, nicely integrated with my S3, i use the location send and walkie talkie features a lot, its always been fast to send messages, there is rumoured to be voice and video support soon, There is a huge animated icons selection and they are fun
It’s the free audio calls that makes Viber awesome not the messaging IMO. I use it every day to talk with my friends. It’s not perfectly reliable sometimes but even on a 3G/HSPA network the sound quality is better than a GSM call. And it runs in the background without draining any battery, so I love it!
Hate viber for messaging, only use it for the voice call feature.
You forgot KakaoTalk in the Article. From its userbase and amount of messages it is almost identical with whatsapp but also offers more features like free audio calls.
i prefer whatsapp because it has better integration with notification center of your phone, it uses same sound as other notifications and not that stupid sound in viber
iMessage and WhatsApp.
I tried to side load Viber on my Nexus 7 and it said it wants permission to edit, create and delete accounts. WTF?
Hi there! Please try to download also from: http://bit.ly/xqfTBt and let us know if the issue persists. :)
Thanks. I tried again and it says (amongst other things):
“It will get access to:
Add or remove accounts
Create accounts and set passwords”
You might want to contact Google (or PlayStore) support for more info and help then.
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