Viber iPhone App – Better Than Skype?

Could the new Viber iPhone app actually work the way Skype should have? According to early reports… it’s far better than Skype mobile has ever thought of being. Viber brings free calling to your phone over 3G or WiFi to anyone anywhere in the world. The app costs as much as the actual calls do – nothing!

When you install Viber, the app syncs your phone’s contact list and shows you which of your friends are also using Viber. You can begin making calls instantly without having to register for anything or hold an account. Viber Media founder Talmon Marco says:

“Skype is modeled after a buddy list – you need a user ID and password, and in order to talk to someone you need to ‘add them’, get approved, etc. Viber, on the other hand, is modeled after a phone. So your ID is your phone number (authenticated via SMS) and you can call anyone, as long as you know their number.”

The coolest part about this app is that it does not have to be running in order to work. You can close the app completely – even removing it from your background services – and still receive calls. The user is sent a notification, a ringtone will sound, and as soon as you click “Answer” on the notification, the app is launched and a connection is made automagically!

The creators are already hard at work on versions of this app goodness for both Android and Blackberry. These should be available early next year. However, the most important future update in the works is the addition of free text messaging between Viber users. This is something that Skype has never managed to accomplish within their app.

Viber simply works, and works well. Isn’t that what an app should do?

12 thoughts on “Viber iPhone App – Better Than Skype?”

  1. This sounds awesome! However when I gave it more thought, all your iphone friends should already have AT&T and typically your rate plan will give you unlimited mobile to mobile so that basically nullifies the cost savings. The text messaging benefits may be useful though.

  2. I think it is a ripe 0ff matter
    I bought it three days ago , but still noactivation code received ,
    although it says ” you will receive the activation code through sms within few minutes ..

  3. Beware, It’s a con. I used it for the first time with another iphone user .. both on VIBER. Checked my prepaid balance before the call and after the call. I was connected to wi-fi when I made the “FREE” call and I was charged by Optus as well. .. $5.00 for a 6 minute call was charged and deducted from my Optus prepaid balance.

    After browsing the VIBER website states it clearly states that the ” FREE* ” call comes off your data allocation.

    Won’t be using VIBER again … Skype is FREE and works just as well.

  4. Hi everyone,
    this is the Viber Team!

    Thank you for this review of Viber, we appreciate it and happy to see the interest in our application.

    About the privacy problems you wrote about – we collect users’ information not because we are curious of its content, but in order for Viber to function, and for us to enable the service we, as a company, promise to provide. the only information we save are contacts’ phone numbers and names. if you decide to delete your Viber account, all your contacts will also be deleted from our servers!

    If you have any questions, please feel free to ask – This is why i’m here 🙂

    Thank you,
    the Viber Team.

  5. In response to the comment by J.R. – in the UK, we do not have AT&T and, therefore, no such plan as unlimited mobile to mobile. I am with O2 and have 1200 minutes call time a month as part of my contract. The really big benefit to me was being able to make international calls for free, which would have resulted in a charge for both myself and the person I called.

  6. Well I got the app yesterday and so did some of my friends, but I dont seem to be able to connect with my sister in America, I have an iPhone 4, but my mrs has the 3G and has no problem! When I click on her name it just goes back to my home page! I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled it and still having the same problem!! Argggggg

  7. Jason –
    Are you sure both you and her are using the latest Viber 1.1 ?
    Also – make sure both of you are connected to the internet.

    Lastly – does she have the “Viber” logo next to your name in her Viber contact list, and do you have the “Viber” logo next to hers?

    Viber.

  8. There’s a great ebook report that details
    the data usage (and other phone resources) of the Skype and Viber mobile apps.
    Search on Amazon Kindle for ‘Skype vs Viber: are VOIP mobile apps viable
    alternatives to cellular calls?’

  9. I had used Skype for my conferences for a long time, and I still think it’s great for casual social gatherings among friends. But for my work, I needed more security, so I use RHUB now.

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