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

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2016-02-02 21:07:29

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.

TelegramWhatsAppViberSkypeGoogle HangoutsImoThreema
Worldwide User50 million800 million600 million560 million500 milion200 million15 milion
Main Functionto send a message to your contacts in without any charges alternative way from contact people by using phone messagingMessage and video chat with your friends and family for free, no matter what device they are on!
IM Style ChatYesYesYesYesYesYes YesYes
Group ChatYes max 200 usersYes max 100 usersYes max 15 usersYes max 300 usersYesYes UnlimitedYes
Make video callsNoNoYesYesYesYes Yes
Group callsNoNoNoYes max 9 usersYes 10 usersYes Yes
SMS DeliveryYesYesYesYes Paid feature ($ varies per country)Yes on AndroidYes Yes
Make phone callsNoYes 0.99 USD/yearYes Based on subscription plansYes Based on subscription plansYesYes Free
Free phone callsNoYesYesYes 25 user limitYes between US, Canada, Puerto Rico
Caller IDNoNoYesYes Paid featureNo
Payment methodsYes freeYes 0.99 USD/yearNo Calling others through phone providerYes Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Ukash, Skrill, Maestro, Paybycash,sofortbanking, one-off bank transfer, Diners, paysafe card, JCBYes freeYes Free
Phone Contact IntegrationYesYesYesYesYesYes Automatic
Google Contacts integrationYesYes On Android - automatic
FB Contact IntegrationNoNoNoYesNoYes Yes
Custom Chat AreaYes Background/ Font/ SoundYes Background/ Font/ SoundYes Background/ Font/ SoundNoYes Background
File transferNoNo- only some file formatsYesYes Yes
Photo based contactYesYesNoYesYesYes Where available
Sharing Features
Share photoYesYesYesYesYesYes YesYes
Share videoYesYesYesYesYes YesYes
Share voice messageNoYesNoNoYes Yes
Without phone numberNoNoYesYesYesYes Phone number required
Email + PasswordNoNoNoYesYesYes No
Share account on multiple devicesYesNoYesYesYesYes Yes
LinuxNoYes Ubuntu, Fedora- outdated versionYes with web browser
AndroidYesYesYesYesYesYes YesYes >= 4.0
IOSYesYesYesYesYesYes Yes
Mac OSYesYesYesYesYes with web browser
WindowsYesYesYesYesYes with web browser
Blackberry OSNoYes- text onlyYesNo
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    decisions, decisions...
    Posted 2015-06-30 16:28:53 by Kelley Gibson Sigel
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    Français Posted 2015-01-28 17:58:22 by Sergioledoux
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  • voted for Viber (Like)
    low power consumption/faible consommation d'énergie
    Français Posted 2014-12-13 22:49:30 by Francis Choquette
  • Très complet comme tableau. Point important à souligner, que la gratuité de plusieurs de ces applications exigent en revanche une perte de contrôle ainsi que de confidentialité concernant les données personnelles. Il existe une application de messagerie, CHIEMO, qui protège la divulgation et l'utilisation des données personnelles, et offre des options de confidentialité du message (par ex: auto-destruction après lecture du message).
    Français Posted 2014-12-04 04:54:21 by Nouky
  • suggested to set Name to Compare instant messengers (IM) for mobile
    Not all of the popular messengers in the table can do calls. All of them can send text messages (some sort of chat). All of them have mobile clients. Many of them offer advanced functionality like sharing files, photos, video and audio messages. Only some of them can do calls. In fact, two of the most popular of them (WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger) do not. A separate table should be created for software to do calls. It's a different category.
    Posted 2014-09-17 14:39:36 by zorge
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  • voted for Skype (Like)
    Posted 2014-09-17 13:46:20 by zorge
  • voted for Telegram (Like)
    Truly cross-platform, just about any device and operating system is supported. No vendor lock-in like in Google Hangouts (any chance on getting it work in Linux or on Windows Phone?). There are desktop clients for all platforms (hey, Whatsapp!). And it's a lightweight app, unlike Skype.
    Posted 2014-09-17 13:11:44 by zorge
  • suggested to set Name to Compare instant messengers (IM) with phone, mobile and video calls options 6
    Posted 2014-05-22 17:31:42 by 1436463
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    Posted 2014-03-12 14:27:51 by Nadb
  • Telegram is cloud-based and heavily encrypted
    Posted 2014-02-27 17:47:17 by Daniel Masuda
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    Posted 2014-02-27 17:31:50 by Daniel Masuda
  • voted for Viber (Like)
    Posted 2014-02-25 16:14:11 by hjkhjk
  • voted for Threema (Like)
    Posted 2014-02-25 16:14:05 by hjkhjk
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    Posted 2014-02-25 16:14:05 by hjkhjk
  • voted for Telegram (Like)
    Posted 2014-02-25 16:13:49 by hjkhjk
  • voted for Skype (Like)
    Posted 2014-02-25 16:13:43 by hjkhjk
  • voted for Google Hangouts (Like)
    Posted 2014-02-25 16:12:49 by hjkhjk
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    Posted 2014-02-25 02:01:42 by hjkhjk
  • voted for WhatsApp (Like)
    Posted 2014-02-25 02:01:30 by hjkhjk
  • voted for Viber (Like)
    Posted 2014-02-25 02:01:23 by hjkhjk
  • voted for Viber (Like)
    Posted 2014-02-24 03:55:56 by Rika Nakayama
  • Posted 2014-02-24 03:55:11 by Rika Nakayama
  • Posted 2014-02-23 12:23:37 by Fazilnlend
  • Very secure, Swiss company
    Posted 2014-02-21 12:32:32 by Christian Ludwig
  • I wonder why LINE were excluded? its one of the best. My top 4 are 1.Viber 2.Nimbuzz 3.LINE 4.Kakaotalk ---Why? because they have PC versions. And if you have these 4 installed and VOXER, no need for any of the other many.
    Posted 2014-01-28 12:16:16 by AldwinpantinBarlan BarlanpantinAldwin
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  • voted for Skype (Like)
    Posted 2013-05-08 06:48:55 by Marius Dumitru
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    Français Posted 2013-05-02 23:22:23 by Kevin Duval
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    Posted 2013-04-09 14:59:07 by ivana_v89
  • Check out this report for detailed comparison of data usage of Skype and Viber phone apps:
    Posted 2012-12-04 17:31:07 by Raldo Kruger
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    Posted 2012-10-18 15:54:51 by FatJoe
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    Posted 2012-01-27 13:08:52 by Tchek
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    Posted 2012-01-14 16:33:40 by flexjoly
  • too much crashes and trouble with bluetooth headset
    Posted 2012-01-09 23:28:56 by flexjoly
  • Posted 2012-01-06 21:53:28 by Alaa Eddine
  • Posted 2012-01-06 21:53:15 by Alaa Eddine
  • suggested on Viber to set Name to V
    Posted 2011-10-21 09:07:49 by eric_leesp
  • suggested on WhatsApp to set Name to WhA
    Posted 2011-10-21 09:07:29 by eric_leesp
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  • Posted 2011-09-08 22:26:21 by AV777
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