Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Texting & Messaging Alternatives to Viber for Smartphones by Nadeem Unuth Freelance Contributor Nadeem Unuth is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire who specializes in information and communication technology with a focus on VoIP. our editorial process LinkedIn Nadeem Unuth Updated on February 04, 2020 Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Texting & Messaging Email Texting & Messaging Video Calls Tweet Share Email Viber is very popular among the instant messaging and VoIP apps for smartphones. It is an IM app that allows for group text chat, with many features like image and media sharing, emoticons, push notification, etc. Viber is also a VoIP app that allows you to make free voice calls and video calls to your buddies over Wi-Fi and 3G. It uses your phone number to identify you on the network and, therefore, does not require logging in and out each time. But there are reasons why people would not want to use Viber. It crashes often, for instance. Or it may not be the best app for their region. Or you may just be curious about the other choices, which are probably better. Here are some of the alternatives you have. LINE What We Like Free calls between LINE users. Video calling. Easy setup with mobile number. What We Don't Like Not well known in many countries. Majority of themes and stickers require a fee. LINE offers what Viber offers, with probably more users. Since the user base is big, there is a greater possibility of meeting your buddies there and therefore saving on communication. LINE works the same way as Viber, especially with the quick and smart registration process that takes your phone number as your only credential. LINE also offers free voice and video calls to other people on the same network. LINE also integrates its own social network service. It also put forward its stickers and emoticons, which people seem to like. WhatsApp What We Like Free calls to Whatsapp users. Video calling. Popular in most countries, large user base. Encrypted communications. What We Don't Like Fee to call users not on Whatsapp. Encryption available when users have versions that support encryption. WhatsApp uses your phone number as an identifier, just like Viber. It used to have the disadvantage of not allowing free calls, which drew many users to Viber, but now it does allow free calls between users. WhatsApp is among the most popular instant messaging and VoIP apps on the market with nearly a billion users worldwide. Viber still has the advantage of offering free video calls, which WhatsApp does not offer, but only a few people communicate through video. WeChat What We Like Broad platform availability; Windows, iOS, and Android. More features than Whatsapp. 800 million users in Asia. What We Don't Like Poor customer support. Privacy concerns, poor encryption, no commitment to deny government backdoor access. WeChat is another powerful instant messaging and VoIP app with a huge user base, especially in Asia (it is Chinese-made) and with lots of features. Besides basic instant messaging with the possibility of sharing a lot of things, WeChat also offers high-quality voice and video calls to other users on the network. It also has the walkie-talkie feature with voice messages. Push notification is also used. Your phone number is your credential here, so there is no logout. With this, you are sure not to miss any call or message. Skype What We Like Interface is intuitive and easy to use. Good quality voice and video calling. What We Don't Like Not ideal on limited bandwidth. SMS texting costs. Can send text messages, but not receive. Who doesn’t know Skype? It has the most users, nearing the billion. This makes it more popular and gives it a better potential for communication since you are pretty sure to find people you know there and this allows you to save cost. Skype is the richest with features and possibilities. It offers high-quality voice calls and video calls. It also allows you to make paid calls to people outside the network. However, Skype is not primarily designed to be a smartphone service but is doing quite well with its portable device apps, especially now that Microsoft is standing behind. Facebook Messenger What We Like Huge user base; popular in North America, parts of Europe, and Australia. Simple and fast to use. What We Don't Like Troubling revelations about user data and user privacy. Messaging is not end-to-end encrypted. Facebook has a huge user base and you are sure to find nearly anyone on it. Its messenger is a great way to stay connected through text messaging and voice chat.