With WiFi connectivity and smartphones that can let you chat online wherever you are, there’s no need to pay for texts any longer. Even when you’re looking at free IM services, there are a lot to choose from. We’re going to compare the three main options currently on the market to see how they measure up.
Whatsapp is free (for the first year) and available for pretty much all of the standard operating systems. It’s capable of sending and sharing all types of media as well as IMs. Its main downside, however, is that it charges you for the service after your first year of use. In my experience, Whatsapp can also be a bit hit-and-miss when you try to send videos and pictures. Messages can easily be delayed depending on connectivity and sometimes they’re not even delivered.
Messenger is similar to Whatsapp insomuch as it can be used with a variety of systems and is free to download. Earlier this year, it became possible to use it without having to have a Facebook profile, but using the app without one can be fiddly and the majority of users do have one. This means that you probably won’t be able to talk to all of your friends on it if they don’t use Facebook. It also no longer allows users to send SMS messages.
Its video-calling system is still young and other apps such as Skype and FaceTime are much more reliable. Many users have also complained that running the app on their phone uses an incredible amount of battery-power and storage space.
Our ChilliTalk’s smartphone app is available across systems and free to download. It doesn’t charge you to use it like Whatsapp or depend on a separate account like Messenger. It has all the bells and whistles – free video-calling, SMS, IM and you can use it to make international calls at cheaper prices than even Skype can offer.
The service is great – no dropped messages or lag. It’s not so much an IM app as it is everything else – a multi-media platform that means you can make international calls or send text messages as easily as you can send your friends an instant message.
Whatsapp and Messenger are generally reliable and trusted brands and so users tend to stick with these options just because they’re the best known. If you frequently like to communicate internationally though, you’ll really want an app that’s geared more completely towards international communication as is ChilliTalk.
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