WhatsApp is the most popular app for instant messaging, but that’s not to say that it’s the best or most appropriate for all users.
For some time, several developers have been providing similar solutions, which guarantee similar features and many additional functions.
In that time, when carriers want to bar WhatsApp and claim that it is a “pirate” product, it does not cost you to know some alternatives and ensure communication with friends and family. We’ve separated the best alternatives by reporting some features and links for you to try out these apps.
The most often said about app as a great alternative to WhatsApp is the Telegram. Totally free (and without advertisements), it nicely replaces the famous messaging app, offering good features for conversations with text and images.
The Telegram has a modern interface allowing group chat (up to 1 thousand people) and also has special options that guarantee security (like advanced encryption) and privacy to the users (you only go online for whoever you want to chat). It is available for Android, iOS, PC, Mac, Linux, Web and Windows Phone.
Compatible with almost all mobile systems (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Bada, BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows), Viber is possibly the best option for those who want to quit WhatsApp. This program also uses your phone number as the primary contact information, allows you to exchange messages and even make calls.
Google’s messaging program has evolved recently and is now for both SMS exchange and Google+ chat. Available for Android, iOS and computers, the program can be a good choice for those who have many contacts on the Google network. You can create group conversations, send pictures, and make video calls.
The messenger from Microsoft is one of the most popular, which facilitates the joining of the service (after all, you have to talk to). As you may know, Skype is for exchanging individual and group messages for text or video. The program has versions for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, Windows Phone, iOS, BlackBerry, TVs and even video game. It’s a great choice!
Similar to WhatsApp, KakaoTalk sends an SMS to your cell phone to confirm your number. After that, the program verifies your schedule to check other people registered in the service. In this app, you can also exchange text messages, pictures, audio notes, share events and contacts. Of course, the program still makes Internet calls to other KakaoTalk customers. It is available for iOS, Android, WP, BlackBerry and Windows.
Samsung also has its own messaging app and is not restricted to those who own smart phones from the Korean manufacturer. Like other programs, on ChatON you also need to confirm your phone number so that the program searches for contacts in the calendar. It has capabilities for automatic translation and sharing of various file types. It wheels on Windows Phone, Android, BlackBerry and iOS.
There is no secret, just install, then confirm the number and you are ready to start talking with other LINE users. The program that has versions for Firefox OS, Symbian, Windows Phone, Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows and Mac OS X has functions for text messages and links. The application has a differential as the use of nice stickers.
8. Kik Messenger
Kik Messenger is exclusively focused on conversations via text. It is compatible with iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Symbian. Chatting in groups is possible.
Enter your phone number, confirm with SMS and start chatting. WeChat is as easy to use as WhatsApp, some functions that made it very popular in China. You can connect with Facebook to have your contacts to find you quickly. The program allows you to exchange text, images, contacts, places and videos. It also has versions for Android, Windows Phone, iOS, BlackBerry, Symbian and computers.
The registration process is similar to other apps, but the usability is a bit different. The Groupme is focused on group conversations, and messages can be exchanged via the Internet or SMS. This ensures that even when someone is offline, they can send and receive messages from the carrier (of course, they are charged to send the messages). Want to use Groupme, you only install on your iOS, Android, Windows Phone or BlackBerry.