Few would disagree if they were told Whatsapp is the most popular cross-platform IM application in the world today. But they’re wrong. They’re all wrong. The most widely used IM application in the world today is in fact, Skype, which has more than 700 million registered users, compared to Whatsapp’s 300 million. Why though? Because Skype offers some features Whatsapp lacks. Video calling, for example. Additionally, Whatsapp isn’t perfect either. The lack of audio/video calling aside, it also has a dull interface that many of us have all grown bored of. There are many other IM applications out there today that provide an arguably better user experience than Whatsapp, and at the same time, have extra functionality as well.
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Here are 5 of the best alternatives to Whatsapp you might want to switch to.
#5 – Line
With 220 million users worldwide, Line allows you to make free high quality voice calls along with free messaging service. It also enables users to chat with 100 people at a time. The standard set of sharing features also comes built in – location info, files and all that jazz. The application is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phones.
#4 – Hike
Unlike Whatsapp, which will charge users after one years of service, Hike comes to users as a free-for-lifetime IM application. Using Hike, you can send messages not just to other people using Hike, but also to those who aren’t – using free texts. One added advantage of hike messenger is that it allows you to take charge of your own privacy. It lets the users decide on who can seen their ‘last seen’ and who cannot. It is available for Android, iOS, Windows Phones, and Blackberry. It is even available on the Nokia Ovi store. Download Hike Messenger for your device from here.
#3 – Skype
Popular as a video calling platform, this application also supports Instant Messging. Skype is the most widely used IM application right now with about 600 million users across the globe. The white and sky blue interface is simple yet attractive, and also makes for effortless usage. However, Skype is known to be blocked on many corporate networks due to its high bandwidth usage. So you might not want to video call on your data connection all the time. Download it for Android, iOS, or Windows Phone, or Windows from the download page here.
#2 – Viber
Viber, popular mainly for its FREE calling feature, helps you with all the features of IM application. It is cross-platform and is available for Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phones. Although Viber should work fine on an EDGE/2G data connection, it is known to work best with 3G and Wi-Fi. Having hit more than 200 million users by July 2013, Viber is was adding 400,000 users daily as of March this year. Though a bit of a resource-hog, Viber is one of the best alternatives for Whatsapp. Download it for your device here.
#1 – Google Hangouts
Yaabot team’s personal favorite – Google Hangouts is another application for instant messaging. Like any other IM app, it offers the usual photo sharing capability. It scores over Whatsapp with one feature though – video calling . The interface is simple, pleasing, and easy to use. What makes it better than rest of the IM applications is the unified messaging service that it provides. This enables you to continue your conversation from any other device- your PC, your Android device or your iOS device. The same conversation. Everywhere. It’s perfect. Disappointment for Windows Phone users though – Hangouts is only available for iOS, Android, and Chrome.
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Y is it that i might consider other IM apps if i have whatsapp, that uses the fewest of the net data to send than any other IMs do . Consider Viber , Google hangout and Skype u need a good net speed when u talk to someone . Even in g+ u need to sign in everytime u sign out from ur account from anywhere . And plus whatsapp has added the voice msgs lately , that too is compatible even at low net connectivity .
killerrohit1 1) This article mentions exactly why you may want to use other IM aps over WhatApp. If you’ll take a look at the first paragraph, I’ve mentioned WhatsApp does not have audio-calling or video calling capabilities – features available on the other alternatives in this list. That is one of the many reasons why people may want to switch.
2) I think you meant Google Hangouts when you said ‘G+’ – which by the way, is BUILT on the concept unified messaging – allowing you to sign in to multiple devices at the same time. That’s the whole point of it.
3) WhatsApp has indeed introduced voice messaging – which is very different from ‘voice calling’. You can send recorded voice snippets to your recipients. Since it is not a real-time call, low net connectivity is not an issue as the voice snippet WILL download to your device sooner or later. As for Viber – it’s voice engine allows voice calls at speeds as low as 8 kbps. I’m pretty sure everyone gets at least 10 times that speed.
4) As for Viber, Hangouts or Skype – if you’re not calling, instead simply IM-ing with friends, net speed becomes irrelevant. They all work the same.
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