Making long distance calls will no longer end up lightening your purse.
Whether it is a business call or a personal call, the experience of making calls through the VOIP technology has made the world a smaller place. There are several players in the VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) space. However, the top two contenders that deserve a mention are Viber and Skype. Skype has been around for a longer time, but technology soothsayers say that Viber, though a relatively newer player in the market, has the potential to overtake Skype in years to come. If you are confused about which VOIP service to go for, read through the below comparison and make up your mind.
Why Go for Viber?
This new player in the VOIP space offers some tough competition to Skype. Though earlier this app was only integrated with your mobile phone, it has recently launched its desktop version. Since Viber is linked to your unique mobile number, the recipient can see the number of the caller. This makes the communication more genuine and authentic. Hence, this is more suitable for business communication. Experts say that Viber offers more competitive rates on calling over Skype in several countries. Since Viber has been designed keeping mobile users in mind, you can choose Viber over Skype if you plan to make most of your VOIP calls through your mobile phone. You can seamlessly synch your mobile contacts with Viber. You can also use Viber for chats.
Why Stick to Skype?
This giant has been around for years and looks like it is here to stay. You can seamlessly synch your Skype contacts with your Facebook contacts. Your account is linked to your email id and can be accessed through your mobile phone, tablet, or desktop. Unlike Viber, it allows the users to engage in good quality video calling. Since Skype has been predominantly designed for desktops and tablets, you can choose Skype over Viber for Voice and Video calling on these platforms. The HD calls quality offered by Skype scores high over average call quality offered by Viber. The desktop version of Viber has yet not earned any great reviews.
Both the services are simple to use and install, and offer similar features. Hence, it may be difficult to decide on which one to go for. In all probability, you will end up using the service that is more popular with your own social network. Since Skype has been around for a long time, it has a larger user base. Chances are you would end up sticking to Skype with its seamless functions. However, if you are a frequent user of the service and wish to make international calls to mobile phones of other recipients, you may want to get comfortable with Viber on your mobile phone.
If you are still undecided on which app to download, you can download both, as these are free apps. Use the one that suits your needs. If you still have not tried out Viber, make sure you experience it and share your review with our friends!