Facebook is in the process of acquiring WhatsApp, most famous for its instant messaging service. That might come as a shock to most but the real shocking bit of the story has to be the price Facebook has paid for the acquisition – a whopping $19 billion dollars. That’s billion with a B. Considering WhatsApp drew just $300M in revenue, this is a really interesting buy for Facebook, but it’s important for the company that faces irrelevancy with Twitter growing in popularity among the younger population. While Facebook say that WhatsApp will stay as it is, we still think the service is going to be compromised in some way. And that’s why we’re suggesting the best 5 WhatsApp alternatives, that are free.
Viber is a massively popular VoIP service that can also be used as a dedicated instant messaging app. The interface, much like WhatsApp’s, is extremely clean and easy-to-use. This clutter-free interface is what makes Viber such a fierce rival to WhatsApp, and the ability to make voice calls is just the icing on the cake. If you want a service your friends are likely to be using that can also make voice calls, Viber is a very credible choice.
KakaoTalk is a dedicated instant-messaging app that includes some fun ways to communicate over chat. For example you can send smilies, voice messages, videos and pictures to your friends for a bit more richer engagement. Furthermore, the interface has a clean design which won’t distract you or get in your way. It’s a simple and straight-forward messaging app, just like WhatsApp, and that’s why it’s such a good alternative.
The Hangouts app that debuted in Android KitKat is a very capable messaging app indeed. It handles both your internet IMs and text messages, so you have all your chats in one place. And your Android-owning friends will most likely have it, because of course they own an Android smartphone. Their’s also an added feature of video conferencing, something we don’t normally see in smartphone messaging apps. Hangouts covers a lot of bases, and presents a compelling case against WhatsApp. If WhatsApp dies, you can easily count on Hangouts to have your back.
The Telegram Messaging app tries to distinguish itself by providing a host of security and portability features to its users. First of all, all your Telegram conversations are saved to the cloud, so no matter what device you’re using, as long as it can install Telegram, it’ll have all your chats. Secondly, Telegram allows for a super secure messaging experience with its Secret Chats feature. Chats made using under Secret Chats mode will be encrypted and will only be decrypted when they reach their intended recipient. Also, none of these chats are logged on Telegram’s servers, so you can rest assured of whatever you’re saying will be kept private.
Line offers free calls and messages to whomever has LINE installed on their smartphones. It’s a simple app like WhatsApp, with the added functionality of voice calls thrown in. Perhaps what’s different about LINE is the inclusion of a Timeline feature, which allows you to put a status and see other’s statuses on the news feed. Now we know this feature won’t be used much because of Facebook obviously, but it is a quick way of letting the world know what you’re up to.