Top 5 Instant Messaging Apps and Which One Should You Go In For

As a wide number of instant messaging applications and services are emerging, staying connected with friends and family from all across the world is becoming even simpler and easier. Let us have a quick look at the top 5 instant messaging apps and determine which one is the best for you:

WhatsApp: WhatsApp is an instant messaging app that uses your phone contacts only. It will display all those contacts that have this app installed. There is no need for you to login. The app saves all your messages offline. WhatsApp is free of charges to download; however, it comes with some in-app purchases. For the first year, your can use this app for free. But after that you will have to pay Rs. 65 every year. Though the fee is not much, but it makes the fully free rivals of WhatsApp even more attractive. Also, you cannot use this application on multiple devices.

WhatsApp

WeChat: WeChat is a free instant messaging service that has been introduced this year and is already quite popular. It enables you to send voice messages and carry our Live Chat and video calls. This app is available on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Nokia S 40 and BlackBerry OS as well. You can link WeChat to your computer with the help of QR codes and chat with friends on desktop browser. With this instant messaging service one can also send files to their device. With the Web Grab plug in, you can shake web pages from your desktop device to your smartphone. It also makes use of your phone number. However, it gives you the freedom to approve request before someone can chat with you.

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Line Messenger: Line Messenger is a Japanese based instant messaging app that has been available very recently and works on Android enabled phones. It also functions on BlackBerry, Nokia and iPhone. Line Messenger enables you to send text as well as voice messages. With Line Messenger the user can also make free calls. This is the major reason behind its huge success. This app also allows you to share data, such as photographs and videos with your friends. Line Messenger is free of cost.

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Hike: Hike is another immensely popular and widely used instant messaging application. It is simple to use, fast and elegant. Hike enables you to communicate in three different ways. First, it allows you to message Hike-to-Hike. Second, you can send messages to friends who are not using Hike but have a smartphone. However, it is limited to India. Third, you can contact friends with some other phone via SMS. You get free 100 messages every month. Hike enables you share data as well. It comes with a friendly user interface. Hike is also a cross platform service.

Hike-messenger

BBM: BlackBerry Messenger or BBM instant messaging service is perhaps one of the main reasons why BlackBerry devices are so successful. BBM offers superior security and privacy settings as compared to any other instant messaging app. It makes use of user ID or PIN instead of phone numbers. So, this app enables you to authorize people in order for them to chat with you. Therefore, nobody who simply has your contact number can message you. The good news is that BBM has recently been launched for Android and iOS as well. Being a cross-platform service, it will surely become even more popular.

BlackBerry-Messenger

Our Take: After having a good look at these top 5 instant messaging services, my vote goes in the favor of WeChat because as compared to other apps, it is available on maximum platforms. Moreover, it offers some pretty awesome features along with better security and privacy settings. But it has some glitches and Whatsapp provides a decent alternative to it as well. 

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  • Yogesh April 5, 2014 12:11 am

    Tata docomo now offer 60 MB/30 days free with Wechat App download. N yesterday i had updated Whatsapp new version : Now in settings one can hide : last seen timing , profile picture , status. But if i hide : last seen time of me , i am unable to see others last seen time :-( . Seems facebook taking its control on whatsapp :-( If this continues soon i will left whatsapp as well , as i had left facebook.

  • Kapil November 14, 2013 5:04 pm

    Hike is the best.. WhatsApp is Good.. No WeChat, No Line, No BBM

  • hrishi November 8, 2013 9:15 pm

    I read on What’s app FAQ’s, they said they do not store your messages on their server and after messages are delivered they are removed from their system.

  • sandeep November 8, 2013 1:11 pm

    i like all apps. Special line.. free calling :)

  • TANVEER November 8, 2013 1:09 pm

    I want you to post a new pack that has been introduced by vodafone silently in uttar pradesh west. By recharging with RC 24 one gets 500 MB 2G data with 7 days validity. This pack is valid on every vodafone no and can be recharged multiple times on a single number. I came to know about this recharge from my friend who works in vodafone mini store in my city. I am currently using this pack and I want you to spread this pack for the interest of consumers through your site

    • Duane Anthony Bayliss November 8, 2013 9:41 pm

      @ Tanveer – why does it need to be spread? Can customers not get this info from SMS / USSD / Web ? Are you a Vodafone employee / retailer by any chance?

  • Vasista November 7, 2013 9:55 pm

    Guys, support only hike. It has 128bit encryption, free sms provision, moreover made in india, by indians and for indians. So hike, hike and hike only

  • bharath kumar November 7, 2013 8:57 pm

    anybody can use this apps, because any one can hack in u r mobile, u can use blackberry, its secure and encrypted, but server is under govt rule, its not a issue, but other apps is waste, u will give full access to u r mobile, u r contacts, u r personal files, u r mes, any time can record u r calls, this apps has very venerable things, let think of before using any app.

    • hrishi November 8, 2013 1:37 pm

      All of the above mentioned messengers encrypt their message, its not only BBM that encrypts messages.

      • Rama November 8, 2013 6:44 pm

        @hrishi
        accepted that all messengers encrypt their messages but the security level of bbm is way better than any other messenger and to be truthful bharat kumar is right in a way, no matter what kind of messnger you use or even if you use basic stuffs like sms or calls they can tapped ,the fact is that none of the popular messaging services provide a true P2P connection.All your data is stored in some kind of central server and encryption is only to prevent interception of the data while its being transmitted but your data can always be accessed by some kind of powerful authority like the govt when required there is nothing like 100% privacy in todays life

        • hrishi November 8, 2013 9:17 pm

          I read on What’s app FAQ’s, they said they do not store your messages on their server and after messages are delivered they are removed from their system.

  • Sahil Shah November 7, 2013 8:48 pm

    Guys whatsapp is the best.. it works just like sms.. wechat is a chinese co. No one in the west will use it. Plus wechat has nothing.. no last seen and no read sign.. line is way way better than wechat. It has amazing stickers plus u get read sign.. bbm is good but ui sucks. Plus my battery goes down like anything after i installed bbm.. so just uninstalled and battery is back to normal.. so overall whatsapp is the best followed by line and bbm..

  • Samaresh Bhattacharjee November 7, 2013 8:21 pm

    Thank you,your data was very informative!

  • Abhijit November 7, 2013 6:04 pm

    Security point of view: BBM is best.
    General usage point of view: WhatsApp is best.

    Other apps also provide more or less features. For calling, use Skype, security is good.

    P.S: WhatsApp website and servers were recently hacked…

  • Prithvi November 7, 2013 5:26 pm

    Except BBM all are privacy threats.

  • adil November 7, 2013 3:37 pm

    hike its the best since hike not only provide hike to hike sms but even hike to others infact they have got walkie talkie i.e. all the things are sane as whatsapp excluding hike to other sms and the sticker..
    how so ever stickers of line are much much better.
    but the premium is only whatsapp which is the cleanest ui and even not slow down the mobile..(and about the 65 rs you saying is not true I got a trick if you switch between two mobile no. in setting and again come back to previous no. then your validity increases I don’t know why but it happens)….

    • abhishek chatterjee November 7, 2013 5:28 pm

      another trick is…. if u deactivate ur whats app number n reactivate it…. ur trial period is extended to another 1year……

  • ROHAN SINGH November 7, 2013 2:05 pm

    I like Line. Its stickers are best

  • albert November 7, 2013 12:30 pm

    hi, which is better messenger for random stranger chat ?

    • soumya November 7, 2013 1:38 pm

      albert non of the above chat messenger support stanger chat. u need to above his /her number/pin/id to add, I have use line, wechat( battery consumes more), bbm and wechat.. u cant search for stranger chat……

      • albert November 8, 2013 8:31 am

        thx fo rpy

  • Tomas November 7, 2013 10:25 am

    Use hike.send free sms every month upto 500 to those who use lower end phone (not even internet connection) and dnd.my vote is to hike.by d way whats aap is best but not free.

  • nimeesh November 7, 2013 9:48 am

    Please include HANGOUT, FB MESSENGER, FRING ,VIBER &
    NIMBUZZ.

  • nimeesh November 7, 2013 9:41 am

    My vote goes to hangout,fb messenger&Skype

  • MG November 7, 2013 9:06 am

    How many people would even know about WeChat if it was not bombarding TV channels with ads day in and day out? Did they give some of that budget to you for popularizing the service? You did not do a detailed run-down of why WeChat is so good that you had to give it top status. So it is obvious you have not used the service. Everyone has Whatsapp on their phone and so everyone else uses it. This is how messaging apps work. They are of no use if friends are not on it. And not one person I know is on WeChat, a chinese company that one should hardly trust anyway.

    • hrishi November 7, 2013 1:36 pm

      yeah.. WeChat is only popular in Asia..Western world haven’t even heard of it.

    • Amith November 7, 2013 6:58 pm

      we chat is just bullshit. better avoid it.

  • Gyaan November 7, 2013 8:49 am

    I have used all the apps and i personally feel Whatsapp is the best with immediate app working times(the time it takes to open an app from the time we select it),notifications or background run process.

  • souradip November 7, 2013 8:38 am

    @rijit
    If i’m not wrong we chat is not avaliable in nokia asha series where as whatsapp is avalilable. I don’t know about samsung low cost phone

  • Ddd November 7, 2013 8:35 am

    Whatsapp is avaliable in most of mobile espicillaly nokia asha series

  • SOURABH AGRAWAL November 7, 2013 7:21 am

    My vote goes to whatsApp. I have tried all these application . I found Wechat & Line application making my phone slow . For Hike i didn’t find any of my friend using it.
    Coming to BBM ,although it is secure ,but in compare to BBM, whatsApp appearance is clean.
    Since i don’t have any security concern , my vote goes to WhatsApp

    • Nirakar Panda November 7, 2013 2:23 pm

      Agreed…

  • Amit November 7, 2013 7:05 am

    Whats app on windows phones sucks a lot, App crashes once group messages cross 100 mark, takes 2-3 secs to open & many more. In android its functions butter smooth & very stable. Is it a problem with Windows phone OS or Whats app??

  • S.Sudhakar November 7, 2013 6:38 am

    To telecomtalk :

    Please include VIBER and NIMBUZZ.

    • Gani November 7, 2013 1:51 pm

      Hero is back. Wats up dude. After a long time you commented here. Hope all is well

      • S.Sudhakar November 7, 2013 11:03 pm

        So what?.

        • Gani November 8, 2013 3:06 am

          I missed your comments on telecom talk posts. Thats why i asked.

          • S.Sudhakar November 8, 2013 11:42 am

            Read my comments in lava iris 503 section !!!.