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viber free textFree calling and texting for your iPhone. Yep. It’s real. With Viber, that’s exactly what you get since it works through whatever WiFi connection you happen to be using. This gives you one more reason to mooch off the neighbors! Despite a few reasonable hoops to jump through, the app is quite functional. It says it offers free calling and free texting, and it does. Nothing can beat that.

As far as I can tell, Viber is a wonderful app with a variety of practical uses. From free phone calls to free texting, this app has it all. In short, the Viber free text calling app should be installed on every iPhone user’s device.

How It Works

First off, Viber does exactly what it says it will do, but there’s a catch. Unfortunately, in order to call or text anyone with the app, they must also have Viber. In all honesty, it’s not that big of a deal – no pain involved whatsoever. After all, it’s just a simple app download, and it even works cross-platform (it actually made our Best Android Apps List in addition to our Best iPhone Apps List).

However, it also tends to make your list of available contacts appear to be very bare.

viber free text

You could always invite others to install the app while using Viber, but this solely limits you to a circle of other smartphone users. For those of you who have friends who do not own a smartphone Why This Technology Blogger Does Not Own a Smartphone [Opinion] Why This Technology Blogger Does Not Own a Smartphone [Opinion] "Do you have a smartphone yet?" It's a question my friends ask often, and it's a reasonable one to ask. I make my entire living writing about technology, explaining how to use software and interviewing... Read More , this can be a bit of a hassle. You can make the call in-app, but it actually just transfers you to the regular dialing function. At that point, your carrier’s rates will apply.

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Now that I’ve told you about the bad side of the Viber free text calling app, I can talk about how great it is. When calling your friends, everything can sound crystal clear. However, this all depends on your local connection. If you have bad WiFi, then your friends are going to sound like they are talking into a tin can, but with a one-jillion Mb connection, it’s probably going to sound like they are in the room with you.

Fortunately, Viber tells you the quality details of your current connection in-app.

viber free texting app

As a note, the app does work with 3G, but this will eat into your data rates. Because of this, it’s best to exclusively use it with WiFi for true-blue free communication. Granted, you’re likely paying for your WiFi, but keep in mind that the app also works in public areas with wireless Internet accommodations. This time around, “free” can really mean “free”.

How It Looks

The app’s design is almost exactly like the layout of the iPhone’s standard apps. Messaging looks a bit like Messages with a few variations, and the contacts layout is nearly the same. This also goes for the phone’s keypad and calling screen. However, the color scheme comes in purple rather than blue. As picky as this may sound, I would have liked for some other color options, but of course, this all comes down to branding at what-not. Like anyone ever cares about my opinions…

viber free texting app

Besides the color scheme, the app is very easy to use and read from. It almost operates as if it is an OS within an OS, and in all honesty, that’s kind of what it is. You have access to all your contacts in-app (but as aforementioned, can only contact those who have the app), and messages are sorted precisely like normal texting. Anyone who has an iPhone should have no problem picking this app up right away.

How It Feels

As I already said, the app looks exactly like iOS, and as you might expect, it feels just like iOS, too. Everything functions smoothly, and if not for the purple color scheme, you might not be able to tell a difference. Admittedly, my WiFi connection was acting up at one point, and this reduced the audio quality in the conversation between me and my friend.

However, the connection was miraculously healed for whatever reason, and we had a reasonably awkward chat that was akin to the first time I ever called a girl in eighth grade.

viber free text

As for texting, the app worked just as expected. Messages were sent quickly and responses were rapid. Granted, I was slightly annoyed by the fact that the delivery confirmation is in the actual text bubble for each every text (as already pictured). This is a minor design issue, and it’s likely just a matter of taste.

viber free text messages

Furthermore, the app requires that Push Notifications are turned on. Many of you may abhor the thought of these interruptions, and MakeUseOf has already taught you how to turn off nearly every single distracting notification in your life How To Turn Off Distracting Tech Notifications Almost Anywhere How To Turn Off Distracting Tech Notifications Almost Anywhere These days, we're constantly barraged with email updates, system alerts, and annoying texts from hypothetical neighbors named Brad about how he got his pet chinchilla stuck in the dryer vent again. But for some reason,... Read More . On the contrary, it’s beneficial in this case since you are receiving normal calls and texts.

Conclusion

Viber is an excellent app with a great deal of potential for its users. You really can’t hold anything against free calling and texting, can you? However, it operates only with users who also have the app. Even with this minor inconvenience, Viber is still top notch.

Are you a Viber free text user? What do you have to say about its quality? Do any of your friends use Viber?

  1. BA
    May 19, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Correction...blocked not locked number. :-(

  2. BA
    May 19, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Can Viber be secure and private? Texts and calls will not appear on my regular phone statement such as Tmobile, AT&T, Verizon? If it does appear, will it show my name, ID and number? If my number is locked on my device, will it appear somehow on the bill of the person I am calling or my own statement?

  3. pauline
    May 17, 2015 at 4:03 am

    Hi i had samsung galaxy s4 and set up viber. I sold phone and took out sim . When new person goes on viber it shows as if its me on with my mobile no but its not me caus my phone hasnt got viber. Can u explain ?

  4. kev
    January 24, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Hello just a question...whats the reasons of the (on hold) sign when am in a call?if i have weak connection would.they show.me the on hold sign?

    • Anonymous
      May 9, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      Hi friends
      H r u ?

  5. cate
    December 11, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Hi, just wondering if the person receiving the call uses up their data if they are using 3g while the person making the call in using WiFi? Thanks.

    • Adrienne
      December 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Good question, I was wondering the same thing. Can anyone answer this one?

    • lizzy
      March 10, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Exactly my question why it cost the reciever

    • Anonymous
      May 9, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      Hi
      Im from iran
      I want to speak with everybody that can speak english in viber.
      can anybody?

  6. HLWDavila
    July 18, 2013 at 12:32 am

    This app is PERFECT for me. My boyfriend is in the Air Force, and with him being in Italy, and me in the states, this it a wonderful, FREE way for us to keep communication. I LOVE this app! <3

  7. larhof
    March 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Other than being able to text other users where is this any different than placing a voice call with Skype. It has a much larger user base and is free to talk to call other users.

    I recommend Talkatone which works through Google voice giving a normal dialer front-end. It can make free calls and texts to ANY phone number in US & Canada and can receive incoming calls from ANY phone using your Google Voice number. It works with wifi or data connections and you gain all of the great Google Voice features to boot (message transcription, set which phones to ring, etc.) I don't understand why people would use Viber to reach only other Viber users when they can do much more and reach way more people FREE on Talkatone which is available for iOS and Android or just use Skype voice calling.

  8. Zechariah Allison
    March 19, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    another quick add on is that it works really well on Android. use it while at home with wifi or out and about (Data charges apply) It also makes things easy to redirect work calls so they dont get your personal number :D

    • saif
      December 14, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Hi.. What meaning (download image to3g)?is this view my image to any one on net.. Is my picture safe secret with active download to 3g?

  9. Richard Borkovec
    March 19, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks for this! I've been trying to find articles about how apps like this are different from the de facto Skype, and why they should be used. Would love to see a comparison article between Skype, ooVoo, WhatsApp, Viber, and Tango.

    • Viber
      March 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      Hi,

      Thank you for expressing your concerns. We're always happy to address our users' doubts and worries.

      First, it is important to be accurate – we only collect names and phone numbers, nothing else. Naturally, we collect users' information not because we are curious of its content nor for commercial purposes, but only for functional reasons, and in order for us to enable the service that we, as a company, promise to provide. Without that information, Viber cannot function. This is not different from any other major social network/communication service provider in our world nowadays.

      I would like to clarify: we *do not* and will never sell users' information to third-parties, and we keep this information well locked in our servers, with extremely limited access to it. This information (in great detail) is explained in our very clear and transparent Privacy Policy - to which we are committed by law - that can be found in our official homepage. Have you taken a close look at it?

      If after reading it carefully there are still doubts or questions, then we will be more than happy to assist and clarify and answer any of them.

      Best regards,
      the Viber Team.

  10. Patrick J
    March 19, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Viber is great by the fact that it works in non-smartphones OS like S40 as welll. It makes it usable for almost any recent phone. Still, data charges do apply.

  11. Dave Bakker
    March 19, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I use the viber App, however not too often as most of my contacts dont have it and are not installing it, even when I suggest it. Seems that since most have the unlimited texting plans for 5 dollar extra, they are fine with that.

  12. Viber
    March 19, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Hi there,
    This is a member of the Viber Team. :)
    Thanks for reviewing Viber! We hope you liked it as much as we do. ;)

    We're here to personally answer your questions and receive your feedback.
    @Nisanth - If you want to contact us, you're invited to do that via: http://bit.ly/ukGVJ0 :)
    @TLocks - Thank you for expressing your concerns. We're always happy to address our users' doubts and worries.
    First, it is important to be accurate – we only collect names and phone numbers, nothing else. Naturally, we collect users' information not because we are curious of its content nor for commercial purposes, but only for functional reasons, and in order for us to enable the service that we, as a company, promise to provide. Without that information, Viber cannot function. This is not different from any other major social network/communication service provider in our world nowadays.

    I would like to clarify: we *do not* and will never sell users' information to third-parties, and we keep this information well locked in our servers, with extremely limited access to it. This information (in great detail) is explained in our very clear and transparent Privacy Policy - to which we are committed by law - that can be found in our official homepage. Have you taken a close look at it?

    If after reading it carefully there are still doubts or questions, then we will be more than happy to assist and clarify and answer any of them.

    If you have any additional questions, i'd be happy to assist. :)

    Thanks,
    Viber Team

    • macwitty
      March 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      After the review I hope to be able to convince my friends to sign up. I hope it even more after reading the Viber teams answer. This is how I like developer to use comment field in blogs - answer question and offer more more help (too often we only see spam covered in one way or the other). Kudos to you!

    • Viber
      March 21, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      Our pleasure :)

    • Ricky
      July 1, 2013 at 3:10 am

      Can you tell me what does 'Hide Contacts ' mean in my settings..what it does ? i'm using on iphone 5

  13. Uchitha Jayathissa
    March 19, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Perfect

  14. TLockz
    March 19, 2013 at 7:46 am

    If i remember correctly there has been a big security concern with them in the past since they upload your entire contactlist (like a few other apps) to their servers. Also I don't understand what's better about "viber" than e.g. Skype which is alot more widespread, and also needs both parties to have an account.

    Whatsapp has an advance in that you don't need to create an account but it just links to your phonenumber.

  15. Nisanth P
    March 19, 2013 at 5:50 am

    VIber is fantastic. I feel far better than iMessage if you r travelling and have to change the SIM. For me iMessage was a disaster most of the times, it will end up as SMS and will incurr charges...(I've swithced off send as SMS option still sometimes).

    Only thing I dont like in VIber is the sound notifications for sending and notifications for receiving even if the app is open. There should be some way to switch off these..

    Also I was looking for an email contact of helpdesk in their helpme site but nothing was there. All available is troubleshoot guide for common problems, What if its a new problem there is no way to report that. I was having a pending notification badge in icon for long time but when you open the app you will not see anything..I wanted to contact their support team to clarify this but couldnot..

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