Sending free SMS in this age has never been easier. A number of mobile applications for iPhone and Android have been developed which allow smartphone users to quickly send unlimited SMS and make international calls for free. Some cellular phone users who have made the switch to either Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, or Windows Phone are sometimes not aware there are such free chat messenger mobile apps. Frequently they just hear about them via word of mouth; to avail of free texts and free calls, the receiver of the text message or the call must also have the same chat messenger app installed on their smartphones.
With the ubiquitous presence of WiFi in malls, universities, schools, and restaurants, it has become convenient to send text messages via these chat messenger mobile apps on the go. At the onset, it was only possible to send a free text message or make a free call to international users using a WiFi connection. With the emergence of 4G LTE, app users can already send free text messages and free calls even if they’re using a 3G or 4G LTE signal.
It was in mid-2011 when I first heard of the mobile app, Viber, from a friend in Australia. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the violet Free Text and Free Call buttons after I downloaded it. But it was real!
It’s easy to connect with friends using Viber. You can download it via the App Store in iPhone, Google Play Store if you have an Android smartphone, BlackBerry App World for your BlackBerry, or Marketplace for your Windows Phone. Once downloaded you can click on the app to register your mobile number. It automatically recognizes the country code your SIM number’s network belongs to so all you have to enter is the remaining digits. You will then receive a text message with the 4-digit code which you will promptly enter to finish your mobile number registration. Your friends who use either of the three smartphone models I mentioned, have listed you as a contact, and have Viber already installed will receive this notification: joined Viber and now you can call and text each other for free! Why not send a free welcome text message?
Even though Viber now works with a 3G or 4G LTE for sending free SMS to your Viber contacts, it is still recommended to use the WiFi connection when making free calls. Just make sure to click on the violet Free Call or Free Text button within your Viber contact’s profile info so you won’t be charged by your local network for the local and international SMS and calls!
Research in Motion, the makers of BlackBerry, currently still has a Beta version for Viber Messenger, which means that only the Free Text option is available for the meantime for BlackBerry users.
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