Viber is a free, cross-platform instant messaging and voice over IP (VoIP) application that was first developed and popularized by the Israeli company Viber Media that was bought by the Japanese multinational company Rakuten. Viber is a free messenger that keeps you connected to anyone in the world through your Internet connection (Wi-Fi or your data plan*). Send a text message to friends and family with Viber messenger. In addition to instant messaging, users can exchange images, video and audio media messages by sending files to each other. As of December 2016, Viber had 800 million registered users. Express yourself with cool stickers and emoji icons and share photos and videos. The free messenger also lets you make international phone calls for free – whether you want to make a quick voice call or see your friends with live video chat!
Viber was initially launched for iPhone on December 2, 2010, in direct competition with Skype. Viber was developed by Viber Media. Viber Media was founded in Israel, Tel Aviv by a former chief information officer in the Israeli military, Talmon Marco, along with Igor Sani Maroli, Magazinnik and Ofer Smocha. An Android version was released on July 19, 2012. Viber for BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices was launched on May 8, 2012. Applications for Nokia’s Series 40, Symbian and Samsung’s Bada platform were also announced on the same day. On reaching 90 million users on July 24, 2012, group messaging service and HD Voice engine were added to both Android and iPhone applications.
On July 24, 2013, Viber’s support system was defaced by the Syrian Electronic Army. According to Viber, no sensitive user information was accessed. Viber with voice was officially released for all Windows Phone 8 devices on April 2, 2013. In August 2013, Viber for Linux was released as a public beta and in August 2014 a final version. On February 13, 2014, Rakuten announced they had acquired Viber for $900 million. The sale of Viber earned the Shabtai family (Benny, his brother Gilad, and Gilad’s son Ofer) some $500 million from their 55.2% stake in the company.
Group chat with up to 250 people!
With Viber messenger it’s easy to create and participate in group chats – with up to 250 people at once! Get all of your favorite people in group chat, create work groups and organize events easily. You can also ‘like’ any user’s voice or text message.
Connect with family and friends using instant messaging, live video chats or voice calls :
You can send a text message, but Viber offers so much more than just free messages! Share photos and videos, enjoy emoji icons and cool stickers, record audio messages and even send files. Choose a contact from your phone book or simply enter a phone number to add a new contact on Viber messenger.
Viber includes text, picture and video messaging across all platforms, with voice calling available only to iPhone, Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone although HD voice is planned for Windows Phone 8. Viber’s desktop version uses TCP and UDP ports 5242, 4244, 5243, 9785, and the standard HTTP/HTTPS ports 80 and 443. As of December 2013, Viber officially launched Viber Out, a feature that provides users the option to call mobile and landline numbers. Viber Out was originally released in November only to help Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines connect with their loved ones. The app allows its users to send a video message in one-push but to use numerous in-chat bot. In November 2016, Viber launched Public Accounts, to allow brands to engage in promotion and customer service on the platform. The Huffington Post, Yandex and The Weather Channel were the first to use it.
Why users worldwide are choosing Viber Free Messenger :
Viber Messenger: Connecting over 800M people worldwide! Text, call, chat and share with anyone, anywhere!
New on Viber :
- Secret Chats – For all of your off-the-record conversations, secret chats let you set a timer on all messages so they disappear after a few seconds, block screenshots from being taken and be sure no messages get forwarded. Of course, all of this is protected by Viber’s end-to-end encryption.
- Stickers on photos – Add fun to your photos with stickers, doodles and text!
Voice or video – Make your free phone call now !
Choose between the basic voice call or go with our live video chat if you need a face-to-face! Whether you make a phone call domestically or have international calls to make, all phone calls boast HD sound quality.
Hassle-free, long-distance calls :
Viber Messenger is your free international calling app! No need for a username or login information, simply activate by entering your phone number.
Instant video messages :
Tap and hold the instant video icon to capture the moment with 30-second videos, release to send.
Trusted contacts :
Manually authenticate contacts to make sure you are talking to who you mean to be talking to.
Secured communications :
Viber messenger automatically encrypts text messages, video and voice calls, photos, videos and group chats.
Express yourself with stickers :
Bring your text message to life by sending playful emoji icons and cool stickers.
‘Hidden Chats’ feature :
Choose to hide specific chats from your messaging screen and access them later.
Your personal messenger with “damage control” :
Delete a text message or voice message even after it was sent.
Additional features! :
Use Viber Messenger to play Viber games with friends, follow Public Accounts, share your contacts, find out if people have seen your messages, turn on location and much more!
Make calls, send messages and much more – freely and securely. Join millions of people around the globe and enjoy the world’s most comprehensive communication experience.