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WhatsAppZangi Safe MessengerViberSkypeGoogle HangoutsFacebook messengerTelegramWeChatImoNimbuzz
Worldwide User800 million2 million600 million560 million500 milion900 million100 million1.1 Bil.200 million50 mil
Main Functionto send a message to your contacts in without any charges alternative way from contact people by using phone messagingsafe messaging with decentralization, encryption and serverlessness, calling even with 2G/Edge internet or Wifi, original stickers, low data usageto send text, stickers and emoticons, photos, voice and video messages for free to other Viber users.private and group messaging/chat, voice, video, SMS and MMS messaging,Secret chat. Option to use a PIN to open the app. Add contacts by username, without giving your phone number.WeChat provides users with free mobile instant messaging, video and voice calls, group chat, and multimedia messagingMessage and video chat with your friends and family for free, no matter what device they are on!Free messages, Free Calls. Unlimited! CHATROOMS to discover new friends in chat rooms, Use popular chat buddies for Cricket, Astrology, Meet a Stranger, Jokes, Games. Custom chat wallpaper, N-world, Virtual Goods, Free Avatars, Games and more.
IM Style ChatYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes YesYes
Group ChatYes max 100 usersYesYes max 15 usersYes 300 peopleYes 150 peopleYesYes max 5000 usersYesYes UnlimitedYes unlimited
Make video callsNoYesYesYes up to 25 peopleYes up to 10 peopleYesNoYesYes YesYes
Group callsNoNoNoYes up to 25 peopleYes 10 usersYesNoYes Live ChatYes Yes
SMS DeliveryYesYesYesYes Paid feature ($ varies per country)Yes on AndroidYesYesYes YesNo
Make phone callsYes 0.99 USD/yearYesYes Based on subscription plansYes Based on subscription plansYesYesNoYes FreeYes USD 0.048/min mobile 0.020 landline
Free phone callsYesYesYesYes 25 user limitYes between US, Canada, Puerto RicoYesNoYes
Caller IDNoYesYesYes Paid featureNoYesNo
Payment methodsYes freeYes freeNo Calling others through phone providerYes Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Ukash, Skrill, Maestro, Paybycash,sofortbanking, one-off bank transfer, Diners, paysafe card, JCBYes freeYes freeYes freeYes FreeYes Visa, Mastercard
Phone Contact IntegrationYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes AutomaticYes
Google Contacts integrationYesYes On Android - automatic
FB Contact IntegrationNoNoNoYesNoYesNoYes YesYes msn,yahoo,google talk,AIM,Myspace ICQ & Hyves
Custom Chat AreaYes Background/ Font/ SoundYes BackgroundYes Background/ Font/ SoundNoYes BackgroundYes Background/ Font/ SoundYes Background/ Font/ Sound
File transferNoYes All Files- only some file formatsYesYesYesYes Yes
Photo based contactYesYesNoYesYesYesYes Where availableYes
Encryption by defaultYes
Sharing Features
Share photoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes Yes
Share videoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes Yes
Share voice messageYesYes Automatic tooNoNoYesYesYesYes Yes
Without phone numberNoYes With email tooYesYesYesNoYesYes Phone number requiredNo
Email + PasswordNoYes Coming SoonNoYesYesNoYes No
Share account on multiple devicesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes Yes
IOSYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes YesYes
macOSYes- Coming SoonYes Mac/OSXYesYes with web browserYes via Web browserYesYes
WindowsYes- Coming SoonYes Desktop, Win 10, Win Phone 8YesYes with web browserYes via Web browserYesYes
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  • Matthias Grob on Dec. 31st 2018 6:11:54 PM

    an important point for comparison: availability on various machines. whatapp for example only works on the computer when the phone is close. if you loose the phone, there is no way to register whatsapp on another machine until you get a new SIM. Skype does not only work on any machine but simultaneously: you can type on one, speak on another (with the same registration) and even: if you talk on one and someone calls you, the call goes to the other machine

  • Matthias Grob on Dec. 31st 2018 6:08:34 PM

    to be dependent on a phone number is terrible for those who travel and end up passing the local number + the whatsapp number to people the meet.

  • Matthias Grob on Dec. 31st 2018 6:07:31 PM

    this is a helpful comparison but completely missleading in one aspect: to call a phone means to call anyone who has a phone number, including land lines Whatsapp and most others can not do it, but f. ex. Skype can

  • johnsmith2679 on Oct. 8th 2018 1:49:06 PM

    The best messaging app for business and group chatting is Skype because it comes with a lot of security and also trustable. Anyone have an issue or query related to Skype follow the Microsoft Professional Support here by following this you can solve all errors related to Skype, Microsoft Office etc.

  • Joe on Mar. 13th 2017 5:26:10 PM
    suggested on Facebook messenger to set Name to Facebook Messenger

    capitalized the name

  • Daniel Masuda on Feb. 27th 2014 5:47:17 PM

    Telegram is cloud-based and heavily encrypted

  • Rika Nakayama on Feb. 24th 2014 3:55:11 AM
    rated Viber: Reliability 5/5
  • Fazilnlend on Feb. 23rd 2014 12:23:37 PM
    rated Skype: Reliability 4/5
  • Fazilnlend on Feb. 23rd 2014 12:23:25 PM
    rated Nimbuzz: Reliability 5/5
  • Mahanjit Konwar on Aug. 23rd 2012 4:59:14 AM
    rated Nimbuzz: Reliability 5/5
  • Fabienne Ro on Aug. 6th 2012 11:45:32 AM
    rated Skype: Reliability 4/5
  • Fabienne Ro on Aug. 6th 2012 11:45:27 AM
  • Fabienne Ro on Aug. 6th 2012 11:45:21 AM
    rated Viber: Reliability 3/5
  • flexjoly on Jan. 9th 2012 11:28:56 PM
    rated Skype: Reliability 1/5

    too much crashes and trouble with bluetooth headset

  • Alaa Eddine on Jan. 6th 2012 9:53:28 PM
    rated Skype: Reliability 1/5
  • Alaa Eddine on Jan. 6th 2012 9:53:15 PM
    rated Viber: Reliability 5/5
  • eric_leesp on Oct. 21st 2011 9:07:49 AM
    suggested on Viber to set Name to V
  • eric_leesp on Oct. 21st 2011 9:07:29 AM
    suggested on WhatsApp to set Name to WhA
  • Seralo on Sep. 13th 2011 8:58:46 AM
    rated Skype: Reliability 5/5
  • AV777 on Sep. 8th 2011 10:26:21 PM
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