Viber for Android: App Pick

BreakingModernViber is an app that allows calling and texts via a 3G/4G network or Wi-Fi. You can make free HD-quality phone calls, share a location and send multimedia rich messages to other Viber users. Of course, carrier rates will apply.

When you first open Viber you can sync all your contacts, call history and messages with your mobile device. Most traditional phone services like this require special registration to use them, but Viber does not. You can use your own phone number (from your carrier) and make calls, for free, to any other Viber user.
viber sync contacts

Once you download Viber and open it, it will give you an access code via a call or text message to make sure your phone number is the one you’ve listed as your identity. Just enter the code to activate your Viber service. Viber isn’t just on the phone, either — you can use it with Windows, Mac or Linux once it is activated on your phone. You’ll be sent another access code via your mobile device to do this, so just make sure your phone is on hand.

It’s at this point that Viber will request to access your contacts, and this will provide a long list of your numbers who use Viber.

viber access code

Viber Anywhere

Viber also has a program to call those who aren’t already on the service. Called ViberOut, you can call a landline or mobile number in any country on any network from either your computer or mobile device. You have to purchase credits for the ViberOut service, which has competitive rates, using a credit card or PayPal. You can also snag credits in the app itself.

Behind the Scenes

With Public Chats you can follow the latest celebrity news, get close to your favorite musicians and stay connected to live sports chats and expert commentary. You can also see what’s hot in food, fashion and much more. Public Chats gives you insider access to your favorite celebrities so you can be part of the conversation. Public Chats is easy to use. Log in to Viber on your mobile device and click the “Public” icon to see who’s chatting. Click on Explore to search through a list of people, brands and other personalities, and click to follow conversations with any celebrities that catch your eye.

viber public chats

Viber claims it has more than 360 million users in close to 200 countries and continues to introduce new platforms and additional features. It’s available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Viber for Desktop also fully syncs with your mobile device, and lets you seamlessly transfer ongoing calls between devices. Viber works on most Android and Apple iOS devices and is also available for Blackberry, Windows Phone and Nokia devices.

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Featured/Header image: Viber’s founder (iPhone app lets you make free calls)” by Robert Scoble via Flickr Creative Commons

Becket Morgan

Author: Becket Morgan

Based in central Vermont, Becket Morgan covers apps and lifestyle tech for BreakingModern. Follow her at @becketmorgan on Twitter or +Becket Morgan on G+.

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