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

Internet > Communications
2016-05-04 08:58:49

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.

Google HangoutsSkype
Worldwide User500 milion560 million
Main Function
IM Style ChatYesYes
Group ChatYes 150 peopleYes 300 people
Make video callsYes up to 10 peopleYes up to 25 people
Group callsYes 10 usersYes up to 25 people
SMS DeliveryYes on AndroidYes Paid feature ($ varies per country)
Make phone callsYesYes Based on subscription plans
Free phone callsYes between US, Canada, Puerto RicoYes 25 user limit
Caller IDNoYes Paid feature
Payment methodsYes freeYes Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Ukash, Skrill, Maestro, Paybycash,sofortbanking, one-off bank transfer, Diners, paysafe card, JCB
Phone Contact IntegrationYesYes
Google Contacts integrationYes
FB Contact IntegrationNoYes
Custom Chat AreaYes BackgroundNo
File transferYes
Photo based contactYesYes
Sharing Features
Share photoYesYes
Share videoYes
Share voice messageNo
Without phone numberYesYes
Email + PasswordYesYes
Share account on multiple devicesYesYes
LinuxYes with web browser- outdated version
Mac OSYes with web browserYes
WindowsYes with web browserYes
Blackberry OSNoYes
  • 2011-09-08 21:59:18
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    decisions, decisions...
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    Posted 2014-12-19 14:13:43 by 林凯
  • 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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    Posted 2014-09-17 13:46:20 by zorge
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    Posted 2014-05-22 17:31:42 by 1436463
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    Posted 2014-02-25 16:12:49 by hjkhjk
  • Posted 2014-02-23 12:23:37 by Fazilnlend
  • 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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    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 2012-01-14 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
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