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

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2014-08-01 10:58:17

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.

WhatsAppSkypeGoogle HangoutsLINEKik MessengerViberBlackBerry MessengerTelegramBistriFacebookBriaforfoneFringKakaoTalkMovichaNimbuzzooVooPingMeScydoTalkboxTangoThreemaVoipBusterVoxer
Worldwide User15 mil560 mil400 Millions100 Millions50 mil115 mil registered, 85 mil active users57 Millions50 mil23 mil
LocationUSAUSAUSAJapanCanadaJapanCanadaRussiaFranceUSAUSASouth CoreaIndiaSwizerland
Last update2014-05-13 19:17:252014-03-31 10:20:352014-03-31 10:20:352014-07-01 16:03:552014-02-28 12:12:512014-03-01 10:25:512014-08-01 10:58:172014-03-31 10:22:232014-05-20 17:00:452014-02-27 18:11:532014-02-21 10:42:572014-02-21 10:35:582014-02-28 02:57:262014-02-24 19:13:342014-02-21 10:42:572014-02-28 12:12:512014-03-01 10:25:512014-02-21 10:35:582014-02-26 00:13:362014-02-23 20:53:112014-03-01 10:25:512014-02-26 00:13:362014-02-26 00:13:362014-03-01 10:25:51
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IM Style ChatYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYes
Make phone callsNoYesYesYes PC, Android, iPhone, Windows phone, BlackBerry, Nokia Asha, Firefox OSYes Via your own provider!Yes In-app voice call over mobile data or wifiNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYes USD 0.048/min mobile 0.020 landlineYesNoNoYes
Caller IDYesNoYesYesNoYes
Free phone callsNoYes 25 user limitYesYesYes In-app voice call over mobile data or wifiNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYesYes
Make video callsNoYes Free: 2 users Premium: 10 usersYes 10 user limitYesNoYes BlackBerry only, coming to iOS, Android, Windows Phone soonNoYesYes 2 user limitNoYesYesYesYes Limited (max 12 people)NoNoYesNo
SMS DeliveryYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesNoYes
Group ChatYes limit 30 usersYes 300 user limitYesYesYes 15 user limitYes up to 50 per groupYes up to 200Yes up to 4 per groupYesYesYesYes unlimitedYesYesYes limit 8 userNoYesNo
Free international callsYes Free calls to specific countries (local numbers) with subscription serviceYesYes via wifi- some countries, germany, spain, italy, UK, SwitzerlandYes paidNo- some countries
Group callsYesYes Free group video call up to 4 usersYesYesYes 3 to 5 friends can participate in a Group Call at the same time.Yes Free group video calls with up to 12 peopleNo
Payment methodsYes Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Ukash, Skrill, Maestro, Paybycash,sofortbanking, one-off bank transfer, Diners, paysafe card, JCBNo Calling others through phone providerYes freeYes in-App, paypal, credit cardYes Paypal, Credit Card, CashUYes Visa, Mastercard
FavoritesYesYesYesYesYes You can register favorite friends so that you can easily locate them in Friends menu.YesNoNoYes
Phone Contact IntegrationYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
FB Contact IntegrationNoYesNoNoYesNoYes msn,yahoo,google talk,AIM,Myspace ICQ & HyvesYesYesYes
Other Contact IntegrationNo, address book onlyFacebook, Email (outlook contacts), rediff,, Yandex, Libero, Rambler,,, Wirtualna Polska, Daum,Interia, Indiatimes,, FastMail contactsIntegrated web browserGoogle, Facebook, MSN, Yahoo, XMPPMicrosoft Outlook® emails and contactsYahoo, ICQ, Aim, Hangouts, SIP (voip)Yahoo, Hangouts ,Aim , ICQ, SIP/voip providersSkype, email (Outlook contacts), instant messengers, social networksPhone contacts, SMS, email, Twitter, PingMe network
Status SettingYesYesNoYesYesYesYesNo
Invite FriendsNo need to send sms from cellularYesYesYesYes by sms or share link for download appYesYesYesYesYesYes
Status feedNoNoNoYesYesYesYes
Custom Chat AreaYes Background/ Font/ SoundNoYes BackgroundYes Background/ Font/ SoundYes WallpaperYes Background/ Font/ SoundYesYesYesYes Background/ Font/ Sound
File transferYesYesYesYes
Photo based contactYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYes
Premium features-Yes eBBM Suite for enterpriseYes Enterprise FeaturesYes photo and location sharing, landline dialing (forout)YesYes NimbuzzOutYes ooVoo PRO
Exporting and Importing Friends ListYes
LanguageslotMultilanguageMultilanguagefrench, german, italian, spanish, russian, englishEnglish, Spanish, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), Korean
Other featuresBBM Channels, Stickers, BBM Shop, Glympse, Dropbox Integration
Sharing Features
Share photoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Share videoYesYesYes 16MBYesYesYesYesYes
Share voice messageYesYesYes- may be on futureYesYes
Share fileYesYes
Share contactYesYes PIN, QR Code, NFCYes
Share LocationYes
Reliability3.5 2 ratings3.2 6 ratings0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating4.3 3 ratings5.0 2 ratings5.0 1 rating4.0 1 rating0 no rating0 no rating5.0 1 rating3.0 2 ratings0 no rating1.0 1 rating5.0 2 ratings0 no rating4.3 3 ratings0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating5.0 1 rating0 no rating0 no rating
Operating System
Desktop WindowsYesYes + Win8 AppYes + Win8 AppNo In development?Yes webogramYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
Mac OSYesYesYesYesNoYes Messenger for TelegramYesNoNoYesYes
AndroidYes No tablet supportYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes >= 4.0YesYes
Blackberry OSYesNoYesYes- only text, no callsYesNoNoNoYesNoYesNoYesNoYes
Windows MobileYesYesYesYesYes Windows PhoneYes MigramYesNoYesYesYes
Web ClientYes Chrome- BBM Channel management and access only- Chrome app - No Original.Yes
Social Networks
Without phone numberNoYesYesYesYesNoYesNo
Email + PasswordNoYes
Share account on multiple devicesNoYesNoYesYes
OtherBlackBerry IDGoogle+
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