WhatsApp is arguably the most popular messaging app out there but like anything in life, there are always other options. People tend to follow trends in technology and for the most part, that’s a fine rule. However, never rule out the alternatives. There are a wealth of awesome, alternative messaging apps out there. The best part? They’re free. Let’s check out three of them.
1. WHATSAPP ALTERNATIVE: LINE
LINE is cool because it registers your number into its large database where you can then connect with your phone contacts who are also LINE users. Compared to WhatsApp, LINE allows you to reply to messages with a PC or MACOS program. Hence, giving you another flexible option to communicate. In addition to text messaging you can also call other LINE contacts through the app with an internet connection.
2. WHATSAPP ALTERNATIVE: VIBER
Viber is quite similar to WhatsApp because it uses mobile contact numbers to identify different users. First, you get an access code via text message. Then, Viber accesses your address book to find any Viber contacts. From there, you can instantly connect with them. Furthermore, you can call users as long as your smartphone is connected to the internet.
3. WHATSAPP ALTERNATIVE: BBM
BBM is old school but it’s still around in a big way. You may remember BBM as bringing IM into the mainstream way back during the Blackberry days. Well, BlackBerry certainly isn’t what it once was, but BBM has not slowed down. Thankfully, Blackberry made the call to expand BBM to other platforms. Today, BBM is on iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry and offers features to compete with the best out there. Instead of numbers, BBM has alpha-numeric pins that identify the user. Furthermore, the voice quality of messages in BBM is vastly superior to that of other apps.