Recently the biggest social media site on the planet, Facebook, has bought popular messaging app WhatsApp. For those who have been avoiding handing their personal data over to the giant conglomerate, a switch in messaging services may be on the table.
It’s no secret that WhatsApp bases its service on phone numbers as opposed to handles and usernames. Therefore, Facebook has just bought a huge list of private phone numbers. It’s no wonder that so many people are worried about their information right now.
Thankfully there are other good test messaging replacement apps available in the UK. Below, we take a look at some of these apps to help you decide who to switch to.
The biggest competitor to WhatsApp is Line, a hugely popular app that lets you send not only text messages and images to other users, but also video, audio, and even phone calls over the internet. You can even video conference with it.
Don’t worry for one minute that your phone probably isn’t compatible with Line. It runs on Windows and OS X, as well as just about every mobile platform. Think iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and a host of others.
If you would like to send messages, video, and images over your data connection as opposed to your service one, then you may want to look into Kik Messenger. It works on smartphones, and even bypasses your operating system’s installed web browser by using its own. You can share things you’re browsing directly with your friends through Kik.
Viber was born as a direct competitor to Skype, offering free voice calling. It has since expanded to many platforms. Recently, Japanese e-commerce king Rakuten has bought it out for over $900 million.
Available on almost every platform, computer and mobile, that you can imagine, Viber is one of the most accessible messenger services out there.
While you can send texts, pictures, and video messages on your computer, voice calling is limited to your mobile device.
For a long time Google had trouble unifying its messaging platforms, meaning people using different devices may have difficulties communicating with each other. Google rectified this in 2013 by launching Google Hangouts.
Hangouts is available on Android, iPhone, and desktops. Users can send text and pictures, while also utilizing video calls and group messaging features. Read states and typing indicators make this a popular choice, as well as it being integrated into Gmail.
While Skype is best known for its voice and video calling features, it also has a great instant messaging service.
Not only is Skype available on desktops and mobile phones, but it can also be used via home phones, TVs, and game consoles. It’s a bit of a resource hog, but lets you send texts, images, voice messages, videos, and even group messages.