Compare instant messengers (IM) with phone, mobile and video calls options

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2014-09-17 17:39:31

This comparison chart compares free instant messengers / communication software with the possibility to do text livechat, and sometimes phone, mobile or video calls (also called "video chat") that could be free or paid. These solutions enable to communicate with friends (with text, phone call, video, in group or not) and keep contact with them even internationally. In general it costs much less than regular phone calls.

This matrix currently compares Bistri vs Bria vs Facebook vs Forfone vs Fring vs Movicha vs Nimbuzz vs ooVoo PingMe vs Scydo vs Sidecar vs Skype vs TalkboxApp vs Tango vs Viber vs VoipBuster vs WhatsApp

It is a collaborative comparison table, so you can add more comparison criteria or instant messenger / calling solutions.

SkypeWhatsAppTelegramFacebookViberLINEGoogle HangoutsTangoWeChatKakaoTalkBlackBerry MessengerKik MessengerNimbuzzFringooVooVoxerforfoneScydoTalkboxThreemaMovichaPingMeVoipBusterBistriBria
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Websitehttp://skype.com/http://www.whatsapp.com/https://telegram.org/http://facebook.comhttp://viber.comhttp://line.me/de/http://www.google.com/hangouts/http://www.tango.me/http://www.wechat.com/en/http://www.kakao.com/services/8http://www.bbm.comhttp://kik.com/http://www.nimbuzz.com/http://fring.comhttp://www.oovoo.com/https://www.voxer.comhttp://www.forfone.com/http://www.scydo.com/http://talkboxapp.com/https://threema.ch/http://www.movicha.com/http://pingme.net/http://www.voipbuster.com/http://bistri.comhttp://www.counterpath.com/bria.html
Worldwide User560 mil600 million (Aug 2014)50 mil400 Millions23 mil57 Millions115 mil registered, 85 mil active users100 Millions50 mil
Android Installations1000000005000000001000000050000000010000000010000000050000000010000000010000000010000000050000000500000001000000010000000100000001000000010000001000000100000010000005000001000001000005000050000
LocationUSAUSARussiaUSAJapanJapanUSAChinaSouth CoreaCanadaCanadaIndiaUSASwizerlandFrance
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Like 3 1 3 0 2 1 3 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Features
IM Style ChatYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYes
Group ChatYes 300 user limitYes limit 30 usersYes up to 200YesYes 15 user limitYesYesNoYesYesYes up to 50 per groupYes unlimitedYesYesYes limit 8 userYesYesNoYes up to 4 per group
Make video callsYesNoNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYes BlackBerry only, coming to iOS, Android, Windows Phone soonYesYesYes Limited (max 12 people)NoNoYesNoNoYes
Group callsYes Free: 2 users Premium: 10 usersNoNoNoYes 10 usersYes Live ChatYes 3 to 5 friends can participate in a Group Call at the same time.YesYes Free group video calls with up to 12 peopleNoYes Free group video call up to 4 usersYes
SMS DeliveryYesYesYesYesYes on AndroidNoNoNoYesYesYes
MMSNoYesYesNoNoNoYesYesYesNo
Make phone callsYesNoNoNoYes Via your own provider!Yes PC, Android, iPhone, Windows phone, BlackBerry, Nokia Asha, Firefox OSYesYesYes In-app voice call over mobile data or wifiYes USD 0.048/min mobile 0.020 landlineYesYesYesNoYesNoYesYes
Free phone callsYes 25 user limitNoNoNoYesYesNoYesYesYes In-app voice call over mobile data or wifiYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYesYes
Free international callsYes Free calls to specific countries (local numbers) with subscription serviceYesYes via wifiYes paid- some countries, germany, spain, italy, UK, SwitzerlandNo- some countries
Caller IDYesNoNoNoNoYesNoYesYes
Payment methodsYes Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Ukash, Skrill, Maestro, Paybycash,sofortbanking, one-off bank transfer, Diners, paysafe card, JCBYes freeNo Calling others through phone providerYes Visa, MastercardYes Paypal, Credit Card, CashUYes in-App, paypal, credit card
FavoritesYesYesYesYesYes You can register favorite friends so that you can easily locate them in Friends menu.YesYesNoNo
Phone Contact IntegrationYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
FB Contact IntegrationYesNoNoYesNoNoYes msn,yahoo,google talk,AIM,Myspace ICQ & HyvesNoYesYesYesYes
Other Contact IntegrationFacebook, Email (outlook contacts), rediff, mail.ru, Yandex, Libero, Rambler, mail.com, 163.com, Wirtualna Polska, Daum,Interia, Indiatimes, 126.com, FastMail contactsNo, address book onlyRandom contacts by shaking, drift bottle and closest WeChaterIntegrated web browserYahoo, Hangouts ,Aim , ICQ, SIP/voip providersYahoo, ICQ, Aim, Hangouts, SIP (voip)Skype, email (Outlook contacts), instant messengers, social networksPhone contacts, SMS, email, Twitter, PingMe networkGoogle, Facebook, MSN, Yahoo, XMPPMicrosoft Outlook® emails and contacts
Status SettingYesYesNoNoNoYesYesYesNoYesYes
Invite FriendsYesNo need to send sms from cellularYes by sms or share link for download appYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Status feedNoNoNoYesYesYesYes
Custom Chat AreaNoYes Background/ Font/ SoundYes Background/ Font/ SoundYes Background/ Font/ SoundYes BackgroundYes Background/ Font/ SoundYes WallpaperYes Background/ Font/ SoundYesYesYes
File transferYesYesYesYes
Photo based contactYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYes
HistoryYesYesYes + BackupYesYes
Premium features-Yes eBBM Suite for enterpriseYes NimbuzzOutYesYes ooVoo PROYes photo and location sharing, landline dialing (forout)Yes Enterprise Features
Exporting and Importing Friends ListYes
Languagesdepends on platformlotEnglish, Spanish, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), KoreanMultilanguagefrench, german, italian, spanish, russian, englishMultilanguage
Other featuresBBM Channels, Stickers, BBM Shop, Glympse, Dropbox Integration
Sharing Features
Share photoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Share videoYesYesYesYesYesYes 16MBYesYes
Share voice messageYes- may be on futureYesYesYesYesYes
Share fileYesYes
Share contactYesYesYes PIN, QR Code, NFC
Share LocationYes
Ratings
Reliability3.2 6 ratings3.5 2 ratings5.0 1 rating0 no rating4.3 3 ratings0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating5.0 2 ratings0 no rating5.0 2 ratings3.0 2 ratings0 no rating0 no rating5.0 1 rating0 no rating0 no rating5.0 1 rating1.0 1 rating4.3 3 ratings0 no rating4.0 1 rating0 no rating
Operating System
Web Client- Skype chat is integrated with OneDrive web clientNoYesNoNo- only Chrome appYes- BBM Channel management and access onlyNoYes
Desktop WindowsYesNoYesYes + Win8 AppYes + Win8 AppNoYesYesNoNoYesNoYesNoYesYesYesYes
Mac OSYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYesNoYesYes
LinuxYesNoNoNoNoNo
AndroidYes- No tablet supportYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes >= 4.0YesYesYesYes
iPhone/iPadYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Windows PhoneYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
Blackberry OSYesYesNo- only text, no callsYesNoNoYesYesYesNoYesNoNoNoNoYesYesNo
SymbianNoYesNoYesYesNoYesNoNoNoYesYesYes
Nokia S40NoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Windows MobileNoNoNoYesNoNoYesNoNoNoYesYesYesYes
Social Networks
Twitterhttp://twitter.com/Skypehttp://twitter.com/whatsapphttps://twitter.com/telegramhttp://twitter.com/viberhttp://twitter.com/kakaotalkhttps://twitter.com/BBMhttp://twitter.com/nimbuzzhttp://www.twitter.com/fringhttp://twitter.com/oovoovideohttp://twitter.com/forfonehttp://twitter.com/scydohttp://twitter.com/TalkBoxApphttp://twitter.com/PingMehttp://twitter.com/bistrihttp://twitter.com/CounterPath
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/viberhttps://www.facebook.com/wechatapphttps://facebook.com/Bistri
Websitehttp://skype.com/http://www.whatsapp.com/https://telegram.org/http://facebook.comhttp://viber.comhttp://line.me/de/http://www.google.com/hangouts/http://www.tango.me/http://www.wechat.com/en/http://www.kakao.com/services/8http://www.bbm.comhttp://kik.com/http://www.nimbuzz.com/http://fring.comhttp://www.oovoo.com/https://www.voxer.comhttp://www.forfone.com/http://www.scydo.com/http://talkboxapp.com/https://threema.ch/http://www.movicha.com/http://pingme.net/http://www.voipbuster.com/http://bistri.comhttp://www.counterpath.com/bria.html
Registration
Without phone numberYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesNoYes
Email + PasswordYesNoNoYes
FacebookNoNoNoYesNoYes
Share account on multiple devicesYesNoYesYesNoYes
OtherBlackBerry IDGoogle+
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