You might be wondering if you should use Skype or Viber for your VoIP (voice over internet protocol) messaging needs. Both have a lot of the same features: both can call out to cell phones and landlines, both offer free calling and messaging to other users, and both work on desktop and mobile devices, including Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, iOS, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. So which is better for you?
If you can choose just one, we recommend Viber for one big reason. Viber has released a new feature known as “Viber Out,” which lets people call anyone with a phone number in most countries around the world. The rates are low, as low as 1.9 cents per minute in some countries such as the UK, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand, Italy, Ireland, France, Brazil, and Canada.
Even better—calls to U.S. landlines are absolutely free using Viber Out!
Another really cool feature that Viber has and Skype doesn’t is push-to-talk functionality. You can use Viber like a walkie-talkie with users, so you just push a button to talk to someone.
Also, Viber allows you to send picture and video messages, which Skype can’t do. This is another huge plus for Viber.
With this alone, Viber is a great alternative to Skype. On top of that, the app offers stickers, games public chats with celebrities and popular content publishers like Buzzfeed, and the program is gaining popularity around the world. Plus, Viber has a new HD voice engine which makes calls sound crystal clear with no lag, no matter how far away you and the other person are.
Viber is the clear choice, especially for mobile users. With vast mobile connectivity and a made-for-mobile UI, Viber is much easier to use, and it’s more fun. That’s why we prefer Viber over any other option out there.