BlackBerry has said that it'll be bringing messaging first to Android and iPhone, with video calling and screen sharing to follow later. To use BBM on existing BlackBerry handsets you'll need a pin number. Adding contacts to the service requires you to get their pin and add it to the app. Both WhatsApp and Viber integrate with your existing contacts -- any of your contacts who use the apps can be contacted without any extra effort. BlackBerry hasn't said if it'll still be using these pins, but if so, it's immediately at a usability disadvantage to its competitors.
The app itself is fairly straightforward to use -- it certainly didn't stop hordes of kids flocking to the service before other free services became available, The BB10 iteration isn't exactly pretty, but it's difficult to judge how it performs on other devices pinky bowie arrested iphone case until we've gone hands on with the full app, PriceFree, Viber currently doesn't make any money from the app as it doesn't allow ads, It has said that it will be offering extra services such as 'stickers' (more elaborate emoticons) for a small charge..
Viber is available on the widest choice of platforms. You'll find it on the iPhone, Android phones, Windows Phone 8, BlackBerry -- although not BlackBerry 10 yet -- Windows desktop, Mac OS X and even Symbian and Samsung's Bada software. There's no iPad version yet, but I don't expect it'll be long before we see one. Even though you'll need to set the service up on your mobile using your phone number, you can then install the app on any number of devices across all platforms. It'll sync your messages and contacts, letting you see and carry on conversations on your PC that you were having on your phone. Ever wanted to subtly send texts at work but don't want to be seen with your phone in your hand? Viber will help. Sorry, boss.
Viber doesn't yet allow for video calling on mobile devices, but the feature is currently in beta mode on the desktop, It's buggy here too, though, I tried to make a video call from my MacBook Air, but it swore blindly that I didn't have a webcam connected, Apple's FaceTime had no such problems, PriceFree for the first year then 69p per year after that, Yes, it's a charge, but it's hardly an extortionate one, WhatsApp is available on Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 8 and Symbian phones, It too is an instant messaging-style text service that also allows you to send photos and videos, You can also engage in group chats as well as send map locations -- particularly handy if you and your mates are trying to decide which bar to pinky bowie arrested iphone case prop up for the evening..
You perform the initial setup using your phone number and it can then sync to your contacts. Any contacts who already use WhatsApp will appear in the app's contact list. Unlike Viber, WhatsApp must be linked to your phone with your SIM card and phone number, acting more like the built-in SMS tool than an IM client. That means you can't use it on more than one device, and there's no desktop software you can use either. If you use more than one phone at once then you'll have to switch to your 'main' phone to use WhatsApp. If you switch to a new phone, you'll have to perform the setup fresh each time, and you won't be able to see older conversations.