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Viber is what you get when you take a free VoIP service, create an app for it, and smother it with purple. Any two people with the app installed can communicate with one another via voice or text entirely for free. Now the team is adding in the ability to make low-cost calls to any dedicated phone number.

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Users can buy credits for "Viber Out" via in-app purchases within either the mobile or desktop software. Prices start at 1.9 cents per minute and change depending on which country you're calling. In some places, prices will also vary depending on whether you're calling a landline or a mobile phone.

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Following the Viber Sticker Market (which gets new stickers as part of this update), this is the second paid feature the company has put in front of users. The company is looking for ways to make money, and while stickers may not be for everyone, having another means of making cheap international phone calls is not bad at all.

Source: Viber

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • http://be.net/JosephM Joseph Maalouf

    They've had this for a while, why is everyone reporting on Viber Out just now?

    • andy_o

      I think it's Viber's press release that just went out.

    • SetiroN

      Quite a while, I don't want to say more than an year but it feels close to that.

      They possibly increased service coverage to worldwide, thus why they issues a new press release, but I mostly suspect it was for marketing reasons.
      Nevertheless, you would think news blogs would know... but they often don't.

    • shonangreg

      It seems the new feature is simultaneous use on two different devices with the same account. As of last week, this was impossible. The Google Play page for the viber tablet app makes this clear.

      • OzJason

        that feature has been out for at least a month.. been using that for a while on my N5 and N7.

        • shonangreg

          Maybe you're right, but their support documents were still saying it was a future project a week or so ago when I had to do a factory reset on my phone. I specifically wondered about two devices, and viber's support documents still said the only way to do it was to be using two different phone numbers, and therefore two different viber accounts.

          I didn't even check the tablet app again to see if anything had changed in that regard.

        • shonangreg

          PS I just checked now, and it still says the same thing:

          http://www.viberfaq.com/can-i-have-same-viber-account-on-two-different-devices/

          Can I have same Viber account on two different devices?
          Posted on July 25, 2011 in FAQ and tagged access code, installation

          Yes, you can! But only if one of the devices is your computer (PC or Mac). Viber Media Inc. launched Viber desktop version in May 2013. read more about Viber desktop…

          What does it mean? Well, it means that you still can not have one Viber account on multiple devices. At this stage, one Viber number can be assigned with only one device simultaneously. When you try registering to Viber with the same number on a second device, the first device immediately deactivates, and its data (message history, Recents, etc.) is deleted. What you can do, however, is register your second device with a different number: your home number, an old cellphone number, family’s or friends… The only requirement is that you are able to receive an activation SMS on it.
          In future versions Viber Media Inc. is planning to add an option to register Viber on multiple devices.

  • Changa Sjudi

    android police always late to the party

    • Naga Sridhar

      Not exactly..they make sure they are the best to bring android updates on time!! They set themselves apart with respect to information nobody else can bring!!

      • Changa Sjudi

        GO away shill

    • SetiroN

      Viber's press release went out December 10, 2013 02:10 AM Eastern Standard Time.
      This post came mere hours afterwards.

      Nice try, douchebag with a car avatar.

  • andy_o

    I think more important is that you can sync tablets now too, in addition to the PC which was implemented previously. Also, it's one of the very few and very commendable apps that are now using GCM to sync notifications between devices. As far as I can tell not even Keep nor Now sync notifications.

    What I like about the new Viber is that they implemented the option of hiding your connected status, which is what invariably some people complain about when the service doesn't let you. But the difference is that if you wanna disable it, fair is fair, you also can't see the others'. I think that is perfect.

    • shonangreg

      So, does Viber now support two devices being used simultaneously? This was a very public no-no as of just a week ago.

      • andy_o

        Yeah, it's been possible to use phone/PC combo for a while, but with the latest non-bugfixing-only update you can sync with tablets too. I'm using both N5 and N10, works fine.

  • Nathan V Hohsfield

    How is the connection quality over 3g, with decent coverage? Is there any lag?

    • Whyzor

      I'm interested in this too. Basically $.02/min VoIP with data-only cell plan (a type of PAYGO account).

  • 744

    After reading this http://viberphoneapp.wordpress.com
    I am not sure they should be promoted.
    I do not like to support them and neither should you.

    • andy_o

      That idiotic conspiracy link comes up from time to time. Read its own source which is from a real person, not some shady blog with only 2 posts that keeps being repeated like a facebook cancer cure post. http://blog.agmon.com/2010/12/04/why-i-will-not-install-viber/

    • shonangreg

      Say why, please. At least characterize the link.

  • Dipish

    Any info if they charge a connection fee like Skype does?