Most of these apps are free to download and allows users to send & received unlimited free text messages and make calls over internet, having the same app installed on the other devices . Today we have listed 4 of the mots popular free to downloaded cross platform instant messaging apps.
We can hardly find anyone, who has a smartphone and doesn’t know about WhatsApp. WhatsApp is one of the most downloaded free cross platform instant messaging app that was started in the year 2008 by two former yahoo employees. WhatsApp has crossed 800+ million subscribers’ couple of months back and the numbers are growing dramatically, its expected that it may cross 1 billion subscribers in next couple of months.
WhatsApp allows to send/receive unlimited free text messages, audio/video to the other party who has WhatsApp installed on their phone. Whatsapp calling feature have been added recently introduced on almost all major platforms. One can have free WhatsApp download from different app stores. WhatsApp users are still waiting for WhatsApp video calling feature which is expected to be launched very soon. WhatsApp is free to download and try for the first year. After, you have the option of extending your subscription for $0.99 USD per year.[more]
Viber [608 million registered users] is the preferable choice for the users, it not only allows instant messaging but lots of other features with millions of downloads on all major platforms its one of the best Voip and instant messaging app. Viber is free there is no subscription or any charges.
When it comes to making video calls, people prefer Viber as this feature is missing in WhatsApp. The voice quality as claimed by the developer is HD. One can create a group with 100 participants higher than any other, group members can interact with each other at the same time.
Viber has recently Launched Viber for desktop.
Wechat[500+ million users] these Chinese app started by Tencent in china in 2011, the app started attracting users since day one, because of attractive and easy to use interface. The green and white combination looks good. Wechat is Absolutely free for life.
It allows free voice & Video calls, Create group chats with up to 500 people.It has 20 different localized languages and can translate messages to any language.
LINE [170 million monthly active users ] is yet another cross platform instant messaging app which is free to download and allows users to send & receive unlimited text messages over internet. The app was created by a creative team from Japan back in 2011 and within the span of 4 years, the app has captured over 600 million active users. Apart from making voice/video calls and sending text messages, Line has over 10,000 stickers and emoticons to added feelings.
Line is also available for desktops. With Snap Movie Line users can Create top quality videos ijust 10 seconds! add cool background music and share with friends.
Conclusion: The choice of using messaging app depends on numbers of active users and not features, even though Viber and Wechat beats Whatsapp in features but WhatsApp still remains the number 1 instant messaging App.