Have you ever wonder, despite of many sophisticated smartphones available in the market, with a lot of exciting and free apps, why some people are still stuck to BlackBerry phones? With a lot of other reasons, one and most important is BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). On the same grounds, Apple started a similar messaging service called, iMessage for iOS 5 in 2011. This service is really cool if you have many friends who use iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, otherwise it has so many limitations.
In this article we will discuss about top 5 best iMessage alternative apps that you can use to get in touch with your friends, no matter what operating system they are using (for instance Android, Windows, BlackBerry, or Symbian) for free.
1. WhatsApp Messenger
WhatsApp is an internet based text messaging, as we use Skype for voice calls. This great app offers a lot of services, like you can send and receive unlimited numbers of text messages to your friends. You can also share photos, videos, audio clips, and your geographical location to a person, or even to a group.
WhatsApp is officially released for Android, iOS Windows phones, BlackBerry, Series 40, and Symbian. If you use iPhone, you have to pay minimal amount of $0.99/year to use this app. Users from other operating systems can use it for free in the first year, after which they also have to pay $0.99/year.
Viber is one of the top used VoIP apps for mobiles. It has almost all the features that Whatsapp has like, sending and receiving messages, photos, sharing your geographical location etc. It has a plus point of voice chat for free. You can call any of your friends who use viber. This superb app is available for iOS, Android, and Windows. Limited features are available on other platforms too.
Viber is a free and fast app. It gives best voice quality even if your internet connection is slow. We highly recommend it to those of you who prefer calling over chatting through text.
3. ChatON By Samsung
Samsung noticed the internet messaging option of BlackBerry and then iPhone, and released ChatON. It has some features that can be only used by Samsung users. These options include the ability to send hand drawn messages, animations, calendar entries etc. A unique feature of ChatON is its support to all platforms, if the browser is compatible.
4. Facebook Messenger
All the apps that we have described above are marvelous to use, but with a problem. The problem in these apps is that if your friend or the person you want to talk with doesn’t use that particular app, you can’t do anything. In the Facebook messenger, you have not to worry about this because almost every person on the planet Earth has signed up for Facebook. It has released a special messenger to send and receive private messages. You can also share photos and your location through it. This app is available for Android, iOS, Windows, and BlackBerry. In the latest version of Messenger, you can sign in using your phone number.
5. KIK Messenger
This is another messaging service which is very easy to use. You can use this app to chat with a person, or a group, share your pics and location etc. Its special feature is known as “KIK Cards”. These card are available for different services, and allow you to share content quickly from internet without leaving the app. Unlike other services, you must have an id and password to sign in this app.