04
May
viber

Viber is a popular VoIP calling app for iPhones that is poised to launch for the Android Market in the next few days. Today, it started offering invites to users to test out its Android offerings. I signed up and was thoroughly impressed with it despite the app still being in beta.

Viber can be set as your default dialing app, so if one of your contacts has Viber installed the call will automatically connect through Viber over your data connection (WiFi or 3G) instead of using your voice minutes. The service also allows you to send and receive text messages.

Much like WhatsApp, Viber scans your contacts and immediately lists those who have installed Viber. Unlike Skype, there is no need to create an account or hunt around for your friends username.

I was able to install the app and immediately call a friend within a few minutes. I was calling over WiFi and my friend was outside on a 3G network. The call quality was not great, however it was significantly better than the Android Skype app. I also had a chance to test the text messaging service which, functioned as promised.

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The app has been very popular with iPhone users since its launch in December last year. Most of my friends and family have already been using this app for voice calls and text messages. If this service becomes ubiquitous with smartphone users, voice calling may slowly become completely free!

You can download the beta version of the Viber app here, although first you'd have to sign up to be a beta tester here.

Source: TechCrunch

Thanks to @wiineeth for the tip!

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • Xcom923

    I saw this on another site first but by the time I tried to sign up the beta was already filled (500 places) so signing up now will get you on a waiting list to be apart of the beta.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/abhiroop-basu/ Abhiroop

      thanks for pointing that out

  • exa

    Gtalk 2.3.4 ? :)

    • Xcom923

      yeah at this point I don't see why you wouldn't just use GTalk if you have google voice....but also if you have sprint then it wouldn't matter either since you'd have unlimited everything ^_^

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Indeed, but more options are good too, especially considering Viber is already pretty popular. Also, gtalk with 2.3.4 is available on a very small subset of phones right now.

        • Xcom923

          true but can't you use Gtalk to call other phones? I know you can do this with gmail and I've never tested this out with the app but does it not work that way??

        • b1ll

          The latest gtalk update brings both video and voice calling. It was not available until now.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/abhiroop-basu/ Abhiroop

      As has already been mentioned GTalk is not on that many phones. But, more importantly, GTalk requires both participants to have the app installed and to also know the username of the other party. Viber only requires you to have their phone number which you (presumably) already do.

      This is a pretty significant difference and it is probably why WhatsApp became so popular.

  • Matt

    What about Groove IP that let's you connect directly to your google voice account? I bought this and it works great!

    http://androidforums.com/application-announcements/320717-app-groove-ip-google-voice-voip.html

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It's actually in this week's roundup. Great option, but serving a slightly different purpose and not free.

  • reddragon72

    But this is only to other viber users and not to land lines. Kinda sucks that way because not all of my family can even use this app since they have landlines and flip phones.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/abhiroop-basu/ Abhiroop

      To be honest most apps nowadays serve the smartphone to smartphone demographic. Why don't you get Skype and buy SkypeOut minutes? OR Fring?

  • http://www.website.com Dave

    Change the betatester link to:

    http://www.viber.com/android-beta/

    and anybody can signup and use the app!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/abhiroop-basu/ Abhiroop

      Thanks, the link has been changed

  • Flattop

    doesnt work on samsung nexus s with android 2.3.4

    I signed up as a tester,was accepted then when the app is installing it freezes at where you enter your phone number. There is another menu which opens for a split second with an error message that I cannot read.. anyone else have this problem.

  • http://www.viber.com Viber

    Hi everyone,
    We (Viber) are just as excited as you are for our new beta.
    We're thankful for your feedbacks, and hoping you are finding it useful!

    A few messages and clarifications:

    1. Although I'm following this thread, we would like to ask you to post all your technical issues and suggestions in our official Android webpage: http://blog.viber.com/viber-beta-support

    2. For those who are not receiving the code or getting the error message saying they need to subscribe: the only way for you to successfully install our beta is to have subscribed, and wait for our official invitation email. Otherwise your email and number won't have been activated, thus you're blocked (we didn't want our .APK to simply be open to EVERYONE in the world). Please wait patiently. It might take up to a week, but you should eventually receive the email and use it freely.

    3. If you haven't subscribed in the official way yet, you can still do it here and wait for our email: http://eepurl.com/bW1Ln

    For other info or questions, I'm here!

    Best regards,
    Viber.

    • http://www.abhiroopbasu.com Abhiroop Basu

      Thanks for the feedback and clarifications.

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  • Marshall

    It is a postive point of voip phone service that it can be used on computer (via viber etc.) and even on your iphone. However, problem with the iphone is that you can not use it without wi-fi. For iphone, you have to select a provider like axvoice, packet 8 etc. who's service is compatible with iphone as well as ordinary phone set. This way you will be able to use your phone service even if you don't have wi-fi internet.

    • http://www.viber.com Viber

      Why? Some phone providers DON'T support VoIP? (the technology Viber uses)

      If so, what country is that, and which cellular providers?

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    http://www.freemobifun.com/download-viber-free-calls-messages-2-0-0/

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  • Johncjones2u

    So it still logs calls times and message times in airplane mode?

  • What

    This is a new Viber
    Called AlooPhone this is the first app get your friends location
    this is trial version be know expected some errors but it will be gone with Constant updates
    this is link on google store : http://bit.ly/1mDO3Oj

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