The battle of the messengers

26 Dec

What’s App vs Viber vs Blackberry IM vs iMessage vs FaceTime vs TalkBox vs Tango…

So Christmas went well, you spent all your dollars on gifts for your family and friends. So now you are broke BUT you still need to keep in touch with your fans, e-buddy and your tribe at the lowest price or even for free.

Check out the applications out there that will help you communicate at the cheapest rate (if you use a free wifi connection).

So what is the difference between all those apps ?
If you own a Blackberry, Blackberry IM is just mandatory

  • You’ll message your friends, one by one or with a global message to all your opened chats
  • You can move your contacts in groups to sort them out
  • You’ll be able to see when your message has been delivered or not, when it has been read (and maybe ignored by your ex-friend)
  • You’ll be able to send pictures and videos, to customize your icone profile and messages
  • It works of course only between Blackberries
  • The price will depend on your subscription, usually it’s free if you stay in your country

Then you have What’s App, which works on both Blackberry and iPhone. An iPhone user will be able to chat with a Blackberry user!

  • One v will tell you the message reached your friend
  • Two vv will confirm you that your friend read it (so you can bug your friend if he hasn’t replied because now you know he read your message)
  • You’ll be able to send pictures and videos, to customize your icone profile and messages
  • You’ll be able to see when your friend last appeared online

iMessage, before on with IOS4 you could text your friends … Now with IOS5 you can iMessage them.

  • It’s kind of a cross between Blackberry messenger and text with the option of sending pictures // check for videos
  • Now download is necessary if you already have IOS5 installed on your iPhone, just go to your message app and start chatting with your friends. If their iPhone is running IOS5 then you’ll iMessage them in blue and if not, you are just texting
  • iMessage will show when your message is delivered and when your friends is answering you; nothing revolutionary
  • You can create chat rooms with friends. It will stay opened until you close it. Smart and useful.

Viber is cool for audio calls and sms

  • Your contacts already on Viber will appear in your addressbook, you don’t have to do anything it will do it automatically
  • It only works while wifi-connected
  • You can’t use Viber on iPod Touch or iPad Wifi (because you need to have access to the addressbook), it’s not available on Blackberry

FaceTime, when Apple released the iPhone4, they heavely promoted FaceTime as a killer app

  • It works if you and your friends are both at the same time wifi-connected. Then you’ll be available to video chat
  • You can’t text-chat while in conference, too bad

I tested it and it’s not really effective. Even when wifi connected, calls don’t go through so I prefer using Skype.

Skype is great for videochat, message. Sometimes the communication breaks down, but you can’t complain: it’s free and works perfectly most of the time. You have to add manually your Skype contacts.
It doesn’t work on Blackberry though.

Talkbox is a kind of a vocal message box, kinda internet walkie talkie

  • basically, you need to find and add your friends that are already on Talkbox (by browsing your addressbook or your Facebook account)
  • then you record and leave a vocal message to your friends kinda like a text chat but vocal
  • You can leave either a vocal message, send a text or a picture


  • after installing the app, as Viber, all your contacts using Tango will appear in your contacts list ready to be chatted
  • this app is built around the video chat, so no text messages or photo sharing

I use daily Blackberry IM, Skype, What’s App, iMessage and I will try to get my friends on Talkbox.
Those apps will help you reduce you phone bills. Of course, don’t use them abroad while roaming, wait to be in a Starbucks and free wifi connected 😉
Don’t hesitate to share your tips on Messenger apps.

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