Viber 4.0 Updates

Viber Out and Voice Messaging - Calls to Non-Viber Users, New Stickers and More

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Viber has gained popularity with its free messaging and voice and video calls. It is also among those new VoIP services that use your cell phone number to identify you on the network. Version 4.0 now comes with additions that haul it one level up, reaching nearer to the Skype model – it allows calls to landline and mobile phones around the world, that is to non-Viber users. This feature is called, as anyone would expect, Viber Out. Several other features come as additions in the updated version.

Calls to Landlines and Mobiles

Voice calls and video calls between Viber users are free and will remain so. Calls to other phones are paid at rates that are often cheaper than regular landline or cellular calls. I say often here because to certain destinations, you’d better go the regular way. I haven’t found any official list of rates per minute for all destinations, as is normally the case with other VoIP services. But there is a page on Viber’s site that allows you to enter your destination and that gives you the rate for it. Rates are independent on the area from where you are calling but depend only on the destination, and also on whether you are calling to a landline or a mobile phone.

Too many destinations, the difference in rate between calling to a landline and to a mobile is huge. For example, a call to France costs 2 cents per minute when it is to a landline and 16 cents per minute to a mobile phone, at least 8 times more expensive.

Generally, the rates to certain countries are quite interesting. For instance, calls to China cost 2.3 dollar cents to both landlines and mobiles. This is a very competitive price on the VoIP market, and a definite advantage over regular calling methods, allowing great cost savings. Some other destinations have interesting price tags too, and they include India, with up to 5 cents for mobile and half that price for landline; the United Kingdom, with up to 6 cents for mobiles and 2 cents for landlines; Canada, 2.3 cents; and some others. I would advise you to check the rate to your destination before calling, as you may be surprised. Let’s take Dubai, which is a very common place to call to nowadays. Calling to both landlines and mobiles there costs as much as 26 cents, which is near or probably more than regular calling methods.

Now the most interesting thing to mention about Viber rates is that calls to all landline in the United States from anywhere in the world are free. Calls to mobile phones are charged at only 2 cents a minute. This alone stands as a reason to consider using Viber as not many services allow unlimited free calls to non-VoIP phones. Among the rare ones are Gmail Calling and iCall.

To use Viber Out, you only have to buy credits prior to making the calls using your credit card or using some other available paying options and use those credits as you call.

Push and Talk

Viber introduces a new feature that is becoming common among instant messaging services: push and talk or Hold and Talk, as Viber puts it. It is simply the feature that allows you to send a voice message to your friend. When you press a button, your voice is recorded and sent over to your friend, who can listen to you asynchronously.

Stickers

I’m not much into it, but I see many people are crazy about stickers. So if you are one of them, Viber has been thinking of you and added more than 1000 stickers on the Sticker Market that you can access and use in your Viber messaging. I am tempted to say this is useless and doesn’t add real value to what we inspire in VoIP communication, but I would be talking to myself.

Other Additions

With this new version, Viber has also added the possibility to forward any messages to any other user or group. Also, group conversations can now accommodate up to 100 participants, which is somewhat a response to Google Hangouts. Also, fixes have been made and performance improved, without details on what exactly improved. Push notification has also improved.

How to Update

By now, you should already have received a notification on your Android device or iOS device suggesting you update Viber, which will be automatic. If you haven’t, it is probably that you have not connected lately, and that you will get updated once you do. Else, just go to the Viber page on Google Play or Apple App Store and select Update.