Viber Adds Video Calls
Those looking for the face to face calling experience promised by The Jetsons have one more option at their disposable. Messaging service Viber has just added high definition video chat to its latest mobile release. The company says the app’s robust system will allow video chatting on even weak networks.
Viber was recently acquired by e-commerce behemoth Rakuten for $900 million as part of the company’s efforts to become one of the world’s top-performing internet companies. Viber’s calling services are free; the company makes money by selling stickers and low-cost international outgoing call services.
Viber, which has a reported userbase between 3 and 4 million, is far from the first app to offer video chatting. Skype, Line, WeChat, and Kakao are just a few apps that include video among their services. However, Viber has the advantage and convenience of not requiring that you register an account.
You can use Viber’s services simply by entering your mobile phone number. When a friend signs up for the service, Viber recognizes their number from your contact list and alerts you that your friend has Viber installed. This can be convenient for people who are still on limited minute plans, as Viber allows you to send free texts and make free calls over Wi-Fi and 3G networks. The newest edition of Viber also makes it easy to exchange contact details. The app creates a QR code that another smartphone user can simple snap.
The Viber app can be downloaded free from the Google Play store. It is also available for Android, iPhone, Windows and Mac desktop computers and Linux.