VIBER VS SKYPE: WHICH IS THE BETTER SMARTPHONE CALLING APP?
If you’ve iOS or Android devices and want to use VoIP, then it’s beneficial; there are many voice calling applications, such as Viber and Skype. Most have both the apps, but use the ones, which are handy and cost effective.
You need to install the right app for getting free-calls feature; both Skype and Viber are good for free call making. Skype is already in the top list, while the popularity of Viber is soaring with every passing day. Let’s check the features offered by both apps. The comparison gives you a clear picture to choose the best app among the two.
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) in Viber has gained a major amount of popularity across all platforms. The first contender against Viber would be Skype, which is having a broad PC clientele. Viber, which made its debut on mobile platforms, is now slowly moving into PC version. Skype works better on tablets and notebook and of late, people have started using it on smartphones. The popularity of Skype is very high and Viber is trying to reach that level, with innovative and advanced features added to its updates.
Free mobile calling and text platform Viber is expanding to take on Skype with a new update, known as ‘Viber Out’ that allows users to call any mobile users across the globe. Initially, people could call only those users, having Viber app installed; but now, it’s possible to reach out to any people; with this feature, you can call anybody, provided you’re willing to pay the charges. With ‘Viber Out’ going global, its long distance costs are becoming better than Skype. Call rates to mobiles, and landlines are attractive, unlike Skype that has expensive pricing depending on the nation. The call charges to landlines (US) cost 1.9cents in comparison with Skype’s 2.3 cents/min. However, if you opt for monthly subscription, it just charges 1.8cents under Skype scheme. In UK, call charges are 1.9cents against 2.3cents/min; for example, calling a friend in Australia is charged 2.3cents through Skype, while the charge is same on Viber to landlines.
Though Viber is inexpensive than Skype, it depends on whether the other end is landline or mobile and where you are calling.
Ease of Use
Be it any app, the first thing that people are concerned is ease of use; both Skype and Viber do not need any special instructions and you’ll not face troubles for downloading or installing it on phone or tab. The main difference is Skype is PC friendly, while Viber is phone app. While installing, Viber needs mobile number, wherease Skype needs email-id and username as mandatory fields for confirmation.
Cost and Clarity
Viber is free to make unlimited calls and messages to anyone. Both apps have similar features, including call rates.
When it comes to quality or clarity of calls, Skype would be the smarter choice; it makes use of enhanced codec and HD voice as well. If popularity factor is considered, Skype wins this battle; but, for mobile users, Viber is the better choice. Skype offers best quality calls, but in terms of data consumption, it’s a hog!