5 Smart Instant Messaging Apps To Use As Alternatives To WhatsApp
There is no question on the fact that WhatsApp has become the most widely used application, having 700 million active users. The reason for becoming so popular in such short time span is its user-friendly interface and cool features. Users can easily send text and voice messages, share pictures and files and have group chats for free using internet.
However, the recently introduced pricing plan of this app, one-time fee of $0.99 for iOS users and same fee per annum for Android users –after using the first trial year for free, has compelled most of the users to switch to another application that offers same features without costing them.
In case you are one of the users who are not willing to pay for WhatsApp and still want to get connected with your social circle, then you can try out the given apps. Following apps are quite similar to WhatsApp with a bit of difference in interface and some features. Therefore, you will need to determine on your own which of the following apps best fits you.
LINE is a newly launched, feature-rich app that offers more options than that of WhatsApp. The significant benefit of using it is that it offers free calls along with other options (texting, file sharing, group chatting) for which you have been using WhatsApp. Another great advantage of this app is that it can be easily installed on PC and MacOS. In this way, you can keep connected with your LINE friends via computer –in case your smartphone is not in your reach. However, to use it on PC, you will need to enter the same contact number that you have provided while installing it in your smartphone. Therefore, installing it on your smartphone is a pre-requisite for using it on computer.
Viber is yet another most widely used app for sending text messages, sharing files and, most importantly, making calls to other Viber users for free via internet. It works similar to WhatsApp as it requires the user to provide the contact number which it stores in its database. After successfully verifying the contact number, it accesses the contact book of the users and adds the users in the list who are using it as well. Similar to LINE, this app also has a desktop version which can be easily installed on PC to get connected with your Viber contacts without using smartphone. However, it can only be installed on PC after installing it on your smartphone. This application is also available on almost every major smartphone platform including iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Android.
Facebook is the most widely used and densely populated social media platform that has billions of active users and it would be hard to find a teenager who does not have account on it. Both desktop and mobile website has an option for chatting which is now enhanced to sending files as well. However, to provide mobile users with better chatting environment and experience, Facebook has developed a separate app known as Facebook Messenger. With this app, you can communicate and send files to other Facebook users similar to any instant messaging app. However, it can only connect you with Facebook friends. Another drawback of this app is that it is not available on Windows Phone.
4. Kik Messenger:
Kik Messenger is also a widely used messaging app having more than 30 million registered users. Dissimilar to other instant messaging apps, user has to provide his email id instead of the contact number. Once your email is verified, you can start using it by choosing a unique username which will help other Kik users to find you and initiate chat with you. This app is only good for only sending messages to individuals and groups and user can neither send files nor make calls through it. Therefore, this app is only suitable for such users who mainly use WhatsApp for its basic messaging functionality. The positive side of this app is that it is available on all smartphone platforms including iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone.
KakaoTalk Messenger is yet another great instant-messaging app that can connect you with your friends who use it. Similar to WhatsApp, this application also requires your mobile number to sign-up. When you will submit your contact number, it will send you a 4-digit verification code that you will need to register your account. Once you have successfully registered, you can start sending messages, pictures, audio notes and other files to individuals and groups. What gives it edge over WhatsApp is its free calling feature. To make calls to another KakaoTalk user, you only need a reliable internet connection. This app is also available on Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and iOS.