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

Internet > Communications
2016-04-25 18:10:33

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 User800 million600 million1.1 Bil.400 million23 mil
Main Functionto send a message to your contacts in without any charges alternative way from contact people by using phone messagingOption to use a PIN to open the app.
IM Style ChatYesYesYesYesNo
Group ChatYes max 100 usersYes max 15 usersYesYes 50No
Make video callsNoYesYesYesYes
Group callsNoNoYes Live ChatYes max 8 users
SMS DeliveryYesYesYesNo
Make phone callsYes 0.99 USD/yearYes Based on subscription plansYes Free
Free phone callsYesYesYesYes
Caller IDNoYesYes
Payment methodsYes 0.99 USD/yearNo Calling others through phone provider
Phone Contact IntegrationYesYesYesYes
Google Contacts integration
FB Contact IntegrationNoNo
Custom Chat AreaYes Background/ Font/ SoundYes Background/ Font/ SoundYes Background/ Font/ SoundYes Background/ Font/ Sound
File transferNo- only some file formatsNo
Photo based contactYesNoYes
Sharing Features
Share photoYesYesYesYes
Share videoYesYesYes
Share voice messageYesNoYesYes
Without phone numberNoYesYesYes
Email + PasswordNoNoNo
Share account on multiple devicesNoYes
LinuxNoYes Ubuntu, FedoraNo
Mac OSYesYesYes
Blackberry OSYes- text onlyYesYesNo
  • 2011-09-08 21:59:18
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    Posted 2016-03-09 07:36:24 by dana
  • suggested on LINE to set Name to AirVoz
    Posted 2015-09-01 15:12:09 by ffx12345
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    decisions, decisions...
    Posted 2015-06-30 16:28:53 by Kelley Gibson Sigel
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    Français Posted 2015-01-28 17:58:22 by Sergioledoux
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    good performance
    Posted 2015-01-28 14:49:43 by 林凯
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  • voted for Viber (Like)
    low power consumption/faible consommation d'énergie
    Français Posted 2014-12-13 22:49:30 by Francis Choquette
  • 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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    great app with great features
    Posted 2014-06-15 13:45:55 by Jeetendra Lulla
  • suggested to set Name to Compare instant messengers (IM) with phone, mobile and video calls options 6
    Posted 2014-05-22 17:31:42 by 1436463
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  • voted for WeChat (Like)
    Posted 2014-02-25 16:14:21 by hjkhjk
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    Posted 2014-02-25 02:01:23 by hjkhjk
  • voted for Viber (Like)
    Posted 2014-02-24 03:55:56 by Rika Nakayama
  • Posted 2014-02-24 03:55:11 by Rika Nakayama
  • 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 2013-04-09 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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  • suggested on Viber to set Name to V
    Posted 2011-10-21 09:07:49 by eric_leesp
  • suggested on WhatsApp to set Name to WhA
    Posted 2011-10-21 09:07:29 by eric_leesp
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  • Posted 2011-09-08 22:26:21 by AV777

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