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

Internet > Communications
2014-11-15 00:27:22

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 HangoutsKakaoTalkTangoWeChatBlackBerry MessengerKik MessengerNimbuzzFringooVooVoxerforfoneScydoTalkboxThreemaMovichaPingMeVoipBusterBistriBria
Worldwide User560 mil600 million (Aug 2014)50 mil400 Millions57 Millions23 mil115 mil registered, 85 mil active users100 Millions50 mil
Android Installations1000000005000000001000000050000000010000000010000000050000000010000000010000000010000000050000000500000001000000010000000100000001000000010000001000000100000010000005000001000001000005000050000
LocationUSAUSARussiaUSAJapanJapanUSASouth CoreaChinaCanadaCanadaIndiaUSASwizerlandFrance
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IM Style ChatYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYes
Group ChatYes 300 user limitYes limit 30 usersYes up to 200YesYes 15 user limitYesYesYesNoYesYes 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 soonYesYesYesNoNoYesNoNoYes
Group callsYes Max: 9 usersNoNoNoYes 10 usersYes 3 to 5 friends can participate in a Group Call at the same time.Yes Live ChatYesYes Free group video calls with up to 12 peopleNoYes Free group video call up to 4 usersYes
SMS DeliveryYes Paid feature ($ varies per country)YesYesYesYes on AndroidNoNoNoNoYesYesYes
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 wifiYesYesYes Free, except to landlineYesNoYesNoYesYes
Free international callsYes Free calls to specific countries (local numbers) with subscription serviceYesYes via wifiYes paidYes Free, except to landline- some countries, germany, spain, italy, UK, SwitzerlandNo- some countries
Caller IDYes Paid featureNoNoNoNoYesNo- n/aYesYes
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 VISA,MasterCard, AMEX, DiscoverYes in-App, paypal, credit card
FavoritesYesYesYesYes You can register favorite friends so that you can easily locate them in Friends menu.YesYesYes GroupsYesNoNo
Phone Contact IntegrationYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
FB Contact IntegrationYesNoNoYesNoNoYes msn,yahoo,google talk,AIM,Myspace ICQ & HyvesNoYesYesYesYes
Other Contact IntegrationFacebook, Email (outlook contacts), rediff,, Yandex, Libero, Rambler,,, Wirtualna Polska, Daum,Interia, Indiatimes,, 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 SettingYesYesNoNoNoYesYesYesYes Online, Busy, Away, InvisibleNoYesYes
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 Font, emoticonsYes Background/ Font/ SoundYesYesYes
File transferYesYesYesYesYes
Photo based contactYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYes
HistoryYesYesYes + BackupYesYesYes
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), KoreanMultilanguagePC, MOBILE, MAC - English, Spanish, French, German. Italian, Portuguese, Russian,Chinese-Simplified _______ PC ONLY - Hebrew, Arabic __________ MOBILE & MAC ONLY- Turkish, Japanese, Chinese-Traditional, Koreanfrench, german, italian, spanish, russian, englishMultilanguage
Other featuresBBM Channels, Stickers, BBM Shop, Glympse, Dropbox IntegrationShare desktop, record video calls, upload recorded video calls to youtube
Sharing Features
Share photoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Share videoYesYesYesYesYesYes 16MBYesYesYes
Share voice messageYes- may be on futureYesYesYesYesYes
Share fileYesYesYes
Share contactYesYesYes PIN, QR Code, NFCYes
Share LocationYes
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 OSYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYesYesNoYesYes
AndroidYes- No tablet supportYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes >= 4.0YesYesYesYes
Windows PhoneYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYes
Blackberry OSYesYesNo- only text, no callsYesNoYesNoYesYesNoYesNoNoNoNoYesYesNo
Nokia S40NoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Windows MobileNoNoNoYesNoNoNoYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYes
Social Networks
Without phone numberYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
Email + PasswordYesNoNoYesYes
Share account on multiple devicesYesNoYesYesNoYesYes
OtherBlackBerry IDGoogle+
  • 2011-09-08 21:59:18
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