WhatsApp has revolutionized the way we communicate and with the cost of phone calls and text messages climbing, it is handy to have an alternative that costs less, that quickly and easily relays messages and of course, that is intuitive to use. But this app is not the only messaging app around and if you’ve decided categorically not to use any other, you may be missing out.
Some of the best to try include:
This is an app that is quite similar to WhatsApp in terms of the way it gathers information from the contact on your phone, to allow you to send messages. However, one of the ways in which it excels is that it is not simply a messaging app, but a phone calls app. It uses data to make phone calls and that means that not only is your messaging cheap, but your phone calls can be cheap too.
2. Facebook Messenger
Nothing new about this, but many people are now beginning to recognize that they can use it instead of sending text messages. For the most part, you probably want to contact people which whom you are friends on Facebook, so using Messenger makes a lot of sense. Of course, it has some drawbacks too, including that when Facebook is down, Messenger is down, but if you’re on Facebook most of the day, as so many people are, it is a handy tool that works when you don’t really want to.
Yet another messaging app, but one that works slightly differently to WhatsApp. Line will register your phone number with a database that then checks to see whether your contacts are registered. So why is it so different? Well, for one thing, messaging is no longer restricted to your phone. You can use the app on your PC too, so that while you work, watch movies or play games, you can message your friends too.
This is an oldie, but a goodie. You’ve probably used it before to send funny messages to people in the workplace, but it has so many extensions, you may not have been getting the full benefit of it. Skype has merged with MSN or Hotmail, and that means while you check your mails, you can Skype your friends, call them, send documents from one place to another, or even stream a video. Skype definitely outshines WhatsApp in terms of privacy, as it gives you the option of approving who messages you.
An app that you may never have heard of, and though it is not one of the most popular, it is slowly becoming a firm favorite in people’s lives. After registering an email account, the app will allow you to find contacts, chat to them, start a group chat and send pictures. It certainly is a useful one to have around if you need to send documents to a study group, or pictures of your kids to their grandparents, but it is so similar to WhatsApp that is can’t really be called as competitor.