Skype and WhatsApp and Viber are the big players in the free voice calls between iPhone, Android Blackberry market, but now the old BBM is about to be free for all.
iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Nokia users expect nothing less than a free app that allows free voice calls between iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Nokia. Not just voice but you are demanding text and video all for free.
Most popular apps for free voice and text messaging
Skype offers free internet calls and cheap online calls to phones and mobiles. Voice or video call on Skype for free and there are over 250 million people using Skype around the world.
WhatsApp is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia. Millions of people are now switching from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, pictures, audio notes, and video messages for free.
With over 300 million monthly active users, WhatsApp users now send 11 billion messages and receive 20 billion messages per day. And guess what, WhatsApp has recently rolled out voice messaging for all of its apps, on iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia.
Viber is a also a cross-platform Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) instant messaging and video calling application for smartphones. More than 200 million Viber users text, call, and send photo and video messages worldwide over Wifi or 3G – for free.
Free voice messaging is here to stay and users will continue to demand nothing less. iPhone and Android have captured huge percentage of the smartphone market. Voice and text messaging companies are doing everything they can to attract millions to their apps.
Free Voice Calls and text messaging between Blackberry, iPhone And Android
Skype, Viber or WhatsApp?
Viber wants to make a great impression among users and prospective users. The beta release of Viber for BlackBerry 2.4 earlier this year is the first to include Skype-rivalling VoIP functionality.
Unfortunately the new update applies to older versions of the BlackBerry platform, not the new BB10. The update included free calls to other Viber users for those on BlackBerry OS5 and OS7.
The viber team is in advanced levels of development and testing for the Viber app for Blackberry 10. The company promises that the wait for the BB10 app will not be nearly as long as the wait for the update for the current version had been.
Other great video, text and voice apps
Of course there are other useful video, text and voice apps like Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, PingMe Messenger, KakaoTalk, WiCall, iCall and Rebtel.
Blackberry messenger(BBM) for all!
Despite it’s struggle to stay in business, Blackberry will still launch its BlackBerry Messenger or BBM for the iPhone and Android on Saturday, Sept. 21. The once exclusively BlackBerry-only club app will be available for your iPhone or Android.
BBM features you should expect!
–BBM conversations uses a PIN so you don’t have to give anyone your phone number or email address. It remains to be seen if the same feature will be available for iPhone and Android users.
–You can share photos, videos, voice notes and files up to 6 MB, and show others what you’re listening to.
–You can switch your BBM chat to a BBM Video conversation to catch up with friends face-to-face.
–Switch your BBM conversation from text to a call and speak to your BBM contacts, from virtually anywhere.
–You can share your Facebook status update, Tweet, travel itinerary or apps directly to contacts through BBM.
–BBM Groups that lets you invite up to 30 friends to chat together.
Innovate or die!
Nokia and Blackberry have been struggling in recent times. BlackBerry is trying so hard to woo its existing users to stay on with the struggling brand. BlackBerry is still rumoured to be pursuing a sale before the end of the year.
Nokia on the other hand has been acquired by Microsoft because it was also struggling to survive in the midst of innovative offers from Apple and Samsung to millions worldwide. Until recently, Nokia had a massive lead in global market share, but the rise of the iPhone and Android slowly crushed Nokia.
Where will the disruptions in mobile innovation arise over the next five years?