Top smartphone messaging apps
If picking up the phone and actually calling someone seems incredibly old-fashioned to you, you’re probably one of the next generation of smartphone users that prefers text messages to phone calls.
To help you make the most of your smartphone communications, we’ve put together a list of our favourite messaging apps currently on the market.
Easy to set up, free to use and available across all mobile phone platforms, Whatsapp is the most popular messaging app around.
Automatically syncing with your phone contacts and able to access your camera and photo library, Whatsapp will become an integral part of your digital life before you know it. Newer versions of the app also allow users to make phone calls, something that’s handy if you’re trying to keep in touch with friends and family abroad.
One of the most popular VOIP services around, Skype allows you to call other Skype users for free, wherever they are in the world. You can also call landlines and mobile numbers for a fee, opening up a whole world of cheap communication.
However, if you text more than you call, you may well find the Skype instant messenger a little clunky to use as it’s much less intuitive than Whatsapp and other text based apps.
A cross between Whatsapp and Skype, Viber is based on instant messaging but also lets you call non-Viber users for a fee. A good option for users who want a bit of everything, this up and coming app could well become more popular over the coming years.
One of the most popular messaging apps on the market, Facebook Messenger goes hand in hand with the Facebook app.
The designers have ironed out the app’s early kinks and today Facebook Messenger offers a good alternative to Whatsapp. Like Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger has recently brought in a call function, allowing users to speak to each other when they’re both online.
Almost identical to Whatsapp, Line syncs with your contact list and works with your camera and photo album. The main difference between Line and Whatsapp is the number of stickers and emojis that are available, with Line offering a large number of both free of charge.
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