What are the best alternatives to Whatsapp messenger?
Whatsapp is one of the best cross platform instant messaging app on the market and it’s only 99cents. Whatsapp basically piggy backs off your data plan and allows free messaging to your friends and relatives and it’s available on many handsets (iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Windows Phone, Nokia and a few others). However, there are some users out there who might not be fond of this app so I thought I’ll list a few alternatives to Whatsapp for their consideration.
The Chaton application is mainly common with Samsung handsets, yet the application is used on multiple platforms. Chat On can even be used on mobiles such as Android, Bada, iOS and Blackberry. Apart from exchanging the warm messages, you can also share animated messages, pictures, videos, audio clips, and even find out the location of your favorite place. The most interesting componenet of ChatOn is the handwritten message facility and the app is also free!
To be considered a solid alternative to Whatsapp, an app needs to meet certain prerequisites such as offering a group chat, free instant messenging, ability to share information and well, Viber does all that and more! Firstly, like Whatsapp, you can message other contacts over 3G/4G or Wi-Fi, but the big plus with Viber is that it also allows you to make free overseas calls! There is no requirement for credit card details, usernames or purchasing within the app, Viber traces your existing contacts and identifies which ones have Viber installed. While iOS and Android users have been enjoying the coolness of Viber, soon RIM owners will get to join in the fun as Viber will soon roll out to Blackberry handsets.
What I really liked about ChatPlus is that the app allows you to send personalised messages to your friends and relatives. ChatPlus presents you with a clear canvas and a variety of colours to choose from, the rest is up to you. I took the opportunity to write handwritten messages and you can also do the same with images and emotions. Like Whatsapp, ChatPlus allows you to share your location, chat with large groups, send a broadcast message and it even has a language translator. I was using ChatPlus on the iPhone which has a unique feature allowing you to insert a passcode on the app so none of your friends can post silly messages if they ever take your phone off you