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.

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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.

Update : Hike has started offering localized stickers

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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.

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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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satyaki das
satyaki das
February 11, 2015 7:55 pm 7:55 PM

best phone under 10k that too with oprating system and customization of cyanogen mod priced at rs 8,999 amazing camera quality i am using it and one should grab it from amazon

Nancy
Nancy
November 28, 2014 9:59 pm 9:59 PM

Do the msgs on whatsapp or any of these instant msging apps get stored sumwhere? Like in our email or somewhere like that??? Plz tell me?

Yogesh
Yogesh
April 5, 2014 12:11 am 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.

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Kapil
Kapil
November 14, 2013 5:04 pm 5:04 PM

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

hrishi
hrishi
November 8, 2013 9:15 pm 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
sandeep
November 8, 2013 1:11 pm 1:11 PM

i like all apps. Special line.. free calling 🙂

TANVEER
TANVEER
November 8, 2013 1:09 pm 1:09 PM

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Duane Anthony Bayliss
Duane Anthony Bayliss
November 8, 2013 9:41 pm 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
Vasista
November 7, 2013 9:55 pm 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
bharath kumar
November 7, 2013 8:57 pm 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
hrishi
November 8, 2013 1:37 pm 1:37 PM

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

Rama
Rama
November 8, 2013 6:44 pm 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… Read more »
hrishi
hrishi
November 8, 2013 9:17 pm 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.

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