Instant Messaging

3 free alternatives to Whatsapp

WhatsAppWhatsApp may be king but does not mean it is the only alternative to chat with friends using mobile. The company has been bought some weeks ago by Facebook for the sum of 19 billion dollars. Mark Zuckerberg acquired the undisputed leader of mobile messaging with over 50 billion messages a day. If you do not like Facebook and its services, then you can start to look for alternatives, such as those presented in this post.

Line, a pretty serious contender in the battle of mobile messaging. Last year more than 300 million users used it. Line has other functions besides social messaging, such as a Facebook style “wall” and several games like Pokopang and Bubble.

BlackBerry Messenger. Eve if ex-RIM has almost lost the battle of smartphone, the canadian company still today offer some good products like BlackBerry Messenger. Before Android and iOS, BlackBerry was leader of smartphone market and one of the reasons for that has always been the instant messaging service, focused on privacy and security. Trying not to lose too much market share, BlackBerry (this is the new name of RIM) developed an Android and an iOs of its IM.

Telegram. This free app has an impressive growth especially in spanish-speaking countries: 70,000 new daily users in Latin America and 150,000 in Spain. Most of the code of this application is open, it put enough emphasis on encrypting communications, works perfectly and has a very simple interface. Other than that, Telegram developed a full API service for developer. The app is free on Android, iOS , Windows Phone , Windows , Linux , Mac , Chrome and any other browser.