Is the next awesome VOIP will be name starting with the letter V? Viber is pretty good in VOIP, Skype is getting old, and Voxer is the new contender for VOIP. What is VOIP? VOIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol, meaning, it can do voice over internet. But why put Voxer in against Viber or Skype? Voxer is capable voice chat app for the iPhone or Android. All three, Viber, Skype and Voxer are available for iOS and Android. So what is that mean? That means, one won’t be enough to satisfy your voice calling. But which one is worth keeping?
Lets start with Viber. Viber is totally different than Skype. As my previous write up here, as Skype can do from Internet to Land Line without ever using your minutes, however, Skype charges you per minute base on their own low rate. Skype does Skype to Skype calling for Free as well. Viber is a more of a Viber to Viber call, making it a free call, just like Skype to Skype. If you have Viber and would like to make a call to someone who doesn’t have Viber, then you can place a regular calls to that person. It’s fine and dandy if you are in the same country, but what if you want to call International? Skype is better with that for those who does not have Skype or Viber installed on their iOS or Android.
Where does Voxer comes in between these guys? Voxer is more of a VOIP mixed in with Social Networking mixed in with PTT (Push To Talk) mixed in with Instant Messenger. Just like Skype and Viber, Voxer can do Text Messaging from one to another for free, meaning, if your friend has Voxer, you can Text Message your friend for free, same goes Viber to Viber Text Messaging, or Skype to Skype Text Messaging. Text Messaging can be done without the other party having Skype installed, so you can text message your friend with Skype to a regular cellphone that has no data connection to the internet. Voxer does it differently, where Skype and Viber actually place a call and the two of you engage in a conversation in real time, Voxer is more of Push To Talk, meaning, you do voice chat by pushing the Talk button to record what you want to say and when you are done, you let go the Talk button and Voxer will then send your voice to the other party.
Voxer can also send Photos, a feature that is missing on Skype and Viber. Voxer can’t send Videos though, and Voxer actually keeps the compression on the Photos you sent as is, making them high quality photos if you use your iPhone 4S to take pictures with.
Why am I comparing Voxer to Skype or Viber? Why don’t I compare Voxer to HeyTell? Here’s a post on HeyTell installed on my iPad. Since Skype and Viber is different by itself, Skype more superior in calling VOIP to Land Line, and Viber more of an app to app calling, just like Voxer. So I think it fits in the category to compare between all three.
Which one should you keep? Actually, I kept all three actually, but I use more of Voxer now, Viber is my second choice, and I use Skype for International call once in a while to my friends who does not have Skype, Viber or Voxer.
If you haven’t tried Voxer, you should. For more information, checkout Voxer.com