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

Internet > Communications
2014-12-22 00:37:48

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.

Worldwide User560 mil50 mil600 million (Aug 2014)438 million (Aug 2014)
Last update2014-11-15 00:27:222014-12-13 22:47:402014-11-10 17:58:462014-09-17 14:31:012014-12-22 00:37:482014-07-18 00:49:292014-12-19 14:13:06
IM Style ChatYesYesYesYesYesYes
Group ChatYes 300 user limitYes 15 user limitYes limit 30 usersYesYesYes
Make video callsYesNoNoYesYes 10 user limitYes
Group callsYes Max: 9 usersNoNo
SMS DeliveryYes Paid feature ($ varies per country)YesYesYes
Make phone callsYesYes Via your own provider!NoNoYesYes
Free phone callsYes 25 user limitYesNoNoNo
Free international callsYes Free calls to specific countries (local numbers) with subscription serviceYesNo
Caller IDYes Paid featureNoNoYes
Payment methodsYes Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Ukash, Skrill, Maestro, Paybycash,sofortbanking, one-off bank transfer, Diners, paysafe card, JCBNo Calling others through phone provider
Phone Contact IntegrationYesYesYesYes
FB Contact IntegrationYesNoNoYesNoNo
Other Contact IntegrationFacebook, Email (outlook contacts), rediff,, Yandex, Libero, Rambler,,, Wirtualna Polska, Daum,Interia, Indiatimes,, FastMail contactsNo, address book onlyQQ,QQ contact,QQ news,QQ mail,
Custom Chat AreaNoYes Background/ Font/ SoundYes Background/ Font/ SoundYes
File transferYesYes
Photo based contactYesNoYesYes
Sharing Features
Share photoYesYesYes
Share videoYesYesYes
Share voice messageYesYes
Without phone numberYesYesNoYes
Email + PasswordYesNoYes
Share account on multiple devicesYesYesNo
  • 2011-09-08 21:59:18
    2014-12-22 00:37:48
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