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

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2014-04-03 08:18:35

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.

BlackBerry MessengerFacebookGoogle HangoutsLINESkypeTelegramViberWhatsAppBistriBriaforfoneFringKakaoTalkMovichaNimbuzzooVooPingMeScydoTangoTalkboxThreemaVoipBusterVoxerKik Messenger
Worldwide User115 mil registered, 85 mil active users560 mil50 mil15 mil57 Millions50 mil23 mil100 Millions
LocationCanadaUSAUSAJapanUSARussiaJapanUSAUSASouth CoreaIndiaSwizerlandCanada
Last update2014-04-03 08:18:352014-02-27 18:11:532014-03-31 10:20:352014-02-25 03:45:152014-03-31 10:20:352014-03-31 10:22:232014-03-01 10:25:512014-03-31 10:22:232014-02-21 10:42:572014-02-21 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 00:13:362014-03-01 10:25:512014-02-23 20:53:112014-02-26 00:13:362014-02-26 00:13:362014-03-01 10:25:512014-02-28 12:12:51
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IM Style ChatYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYes
Make phone callsYes In-app voice call over mobile data or wifiNoYesYes PC, Android and iPhoneYesNoYes Via your own provider!NoYesYesYesYesYesYes USD 0.048/min mobile 0.020 landlineYesNoNoYes
Caller IDYesNoYesNoYes
Free phone callsYes In-app voice call over mobile data or wifiNoYesYes 25 user limitNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYes
Make video callsYes BlackBerry only, coming to iOS and Android soonYes 2 user limitYes 10 user limitYesYes Free: 2 users Premium: 10 usersNoNoNoYesNoYesYesYesYes Limited (max 12 people)NoYesNoNo
SMS DeliveryNoYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYesYes
Group ChatYes up to 50 per groupYesYesYesYes 300 user limitYes up to 200Yes 15 user limitYes limit 30 usersYesYesYes unlimitedYesYesNoYes limit 8 userYesNo
Free international callsYes via wifiYes Free calls to specific countries (local numbers) with subscription serviceYes- some countries, germany, spain, italy, UK, SwitzerlandYes paidNo- some countries
Group callsYesYesYesYes 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, JCBYes freeNo Calling others through phone providerYes 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.YesNoYesNo
Phone Contact IntegrationYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
FB Contact IntegrationNoYesNoNoYesNoYes msn,yahoo,google talk,AIM,Myspace ICQ & HyvesYesYesYes
Other Contact IntegrationFacebook, Email (outlook contacts), rediff,, Yandex, Libero, Rambler,,, Wirtualna Polska, Daum,Interia, Indiatimes,, FastMail contactsNo, address book onlyGoogle, MSN, YahooMicrosoft 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 networkIntegrated web browser
Status SettingYesYesNoYesYesYesYesNo
Invite FriendsYesYesYes by sms or share link for download appYesNo need to send sms from cellularYesYesYesYesYesYes
Status feedYesNoNoNoYesYesYes
Custom Chat AreaYes BackgroundNoYes Background/ Font/ SoundYes Background/ Font/ SoundYes Background/ Font/ SoundYesYesYesYes Background/ Font/ Sound
File transferYesYesYesYes
Photo based contactYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYes
Premium featuresYes eBBM Suite for enterprise (coming soon)-Yes Enterprise FeaturesYes photo and location sharing, landline dialing (forout)YesYes NimbuzzOutYes ooVoo PRO
Exporting and Importing Friends ListYes
LanguagesMultilanguagelotfrench, 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
Sharing Features
Share photoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Share videoYes 16MBYesYesYesYesYesYes
Share voice messageYesYes- may be on futureYesYesYes
Share fileYes
Share contactYes PIN, QR Code, NFCYesYes
Share LocationYes
Reliability5.0 1 rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating3.2 6 ratings5.0 1 rating4.3 3 ratings3.5 2 ratings4.0 1 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 rating0 no rating
Operating System
Desktop WindowsNo In development?Yes + Win8 AppYesYes webogramYes + Win8 AppYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
Mac OSNoYesYesYes Messenger for TelegramYesYesYesNoNoYesYes
AndroidYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes >= 4.0YesYesYes
Blackberry OSYesNoYes- only text, no callsYesNoNoNoYesNoYesNoYesNoYesYes
Windows MobileNo Coming soonYesYesYes MigramYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
Web Client- BBM Channel management and access onlyYes Chrome- Chrome app - No Original.
Social Networks
Without phone numberYesYesNoYesNoNoYes
Email + PasswordNo
Share account on multiple devicesNoYesYesNo
OtherBlackBerry ID
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