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Viber is one of many popular communication applets available free for your smart phones, tablet and PC. What makes this one very useful over the likes of Whatsapp and Kik is that it allows you to do more than just text and webcam with each other while online. Viber allows you to make FREE phone calls to each other, and, unbelievably, to ANYWHERE in the world, as long as the person receiving the call also has Viber. Viber is free to download and can be used on pretty much ANY smartphone model. I will repeat that. It’s FREE to make INTERNATIONAL and domestic phone calls. If you don’t have a usage contract on your phone you just nip down your local pub with free WiFi and make the call there or tether your phone to your home broadband and so make the call there.
Skype offers free webcam from your PC and mobile the way traditional messengers do. But they charge for you to connect to mobile phones and land-lines so you have to buy Skype credit. As yet I have not found any communication service like Viber that allows you to call for free abroad to a land-line or Cell phone from your PC. This move to make calls free on apps really means the day of PAYG phones and call time contracts is numbered. It’s all about WiFi on the go now and buying bandwidth. This is why BT and the likes of Virgin are pushing up static land-line monthly costs as they know it’s all but over.
Viber is quick to download and use. You must have the person’s phone number on your contacts list (or yours on theirs) to contact each other. Once you have it will automatically list you on Viber. These services tend to work on that basis so they can gather personal data about you in return for the free service. Once you are hooked up you press on the number and text chat or phone each other, which will make their phone ring as normal. If you Viber text or webcam request it will notify them with a text that you have called, even if they are not logged into Viber.
The text service is as enjoyable as the size of your virtual keyboard so I tend to call. That is still a problem with smart phones. You can also webcam and send pictures to each other so great for dating and naughtiness. You can call non Viber users at low cost rates so to connect with normal mobile phones and land-lines. You can also download Viber onto your computer for a more traditional type messenger. It’s available in both Android and Windows 8. If you are using your cell phone abroad beware of roaming charges on ANY service.
This app is great. I downloaded on to my phone when my sister went travelling for 6 months through South America. This asp is completely free and having it installed onto your phone means that you can make sand receive calls from other Viber users completely free as long as you are connected to the internet.
I downloaded Viber through the App Store. Once I had downloaded it that's was it I didn't need to do anything else to set up my account. The app has to have access to your phone and then it automatically shows who in your contact list also has Viber installed. You can then start making calls via the internet straight away.
There are quite a few updates that Viber make and it always seems to run smoothly. You can see your recent contacts on your Viber list just like your recent contacts on your normal call list. You can also send text messages through Viber aswell.
I recommend that everyone installs Viber to their phones. This is particularly good to use if you have a friend or relative that is going abroad as it saves on expensive phone calls and text message charges. It's just so easy to use that literally anyone could use it. There are no annoying advertisements when using Viber so it really is just a great added extra for you to put on your phone.
As well as this being a great tool to use for making international phone calls it would also be good for anyone that has a pay as you go phone, then there would be no excuse for anyone to not phone or text you back :)
Having family in various corners of the earth, I am always on the lookout for ways to communicate without breaking the bank. When I came to know of this app from my cousin, I was surprised I hadn't heard of it earlier.
Viber is an application that enables you to call, text or share pictures with anyone anywhere over the Internet. It is available for various platforms like iPhone, Blackberry, Samsung, Windows phone, Nokia etc.
I downloaded it for my iPhone free from the app store. It is only 17.6 MB in size. The app is updated regularly and new features are added with each update. The latest version is compatible with iPhone 5 and requires iOs 4.3 or later. It ca also be used on the iPad or iPod touch.
Once you download the app you are required to register using your mobile telephone number, which is like your ID. So unlike Skype or Yahoo messenger you do not need to create an account or log in, you are always connected as long as you have an Internet connection. The app requires access to your address book and automatically shows all those with a Viber account.
The interface is very similar to the Phone app on iPhone. There are five options on the bottom: messages, recents, contacts, keypad and 'more' from left to right.
Messaging is instant, and there is also the option of sending your location or a picture taken then or from your gallery. There are lots of interesting emoticons and 'stickers' which are images that convey a message. As with the iPhone, all conversation with a person are stored under their name until you choose to delete it.
'Recents' show your most recent call history. In 'contacts' you can either display all your phone contacts or just the Viber contacts, and mark favorites as well. Keypad appears to be the same as the phone. 'More' options include inviting people by SMS or mail, or sharing directly on Facebook and Twitter.
As I have an iPhone 3 I can't comment on the features meant for iPhone 5, like speech to text function, but even so I have found this app incredibly useful to keep in constant touch with my family, especially my cousins and brothers who are thankfully tech-savvy. The call quality has been excellent, and texting has been instant. Photo sharing has also worked very well.
The obvious problem is that as it is net dependent, you need a good Internet connection to benefit from this app. Of course, call quality will vary with the speed of your connection. During a call, it will show how good the connection is.
Interestingly, this app is free and has no advertisements, I wonder how they are making money out of this.
CONCLUSION: Free app for free international calling and texting. Absolutely recommend.