Now Call Worldwide at Cheaper Rates than Skype

by CXOtoday News Desk    Dec 10, 2013


Popular messaging service Viber has announced the launch of Viber Out, a service that it claims will allow Viber users to call any mobile or landline number across the world at a rate, much cheaper than Skype, which is currently considered to be one of the cheapest in terms of making calls.

Viber Out, a service, which was initially launched only in Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan to help users contact friends and loved ones, has now been made available to more than 200 million users. With the official worldwide launch, Viber Out enables all Viber users on Android, iPhone and desktop to call anyone worldwide, with Windows Phone users getting the feature in the next few days, according to a report.

Viber has significantly lowered price-per-call than its competitor Skype, which it claims is due to lower per minute rates and the omission of connection fees. The company said in a statement that purchasing credit for Viber Out can be completed either through a simple in-app purchase through either the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store or using a credit card via Viber desktop.

Moreover, unlike some competing services, Viber Out displays the users real phone number to the recipient so he or she knows who is calling.

“Viber Out gives our millions of users a new way to use Viber and ensures that they can reach any contact at any time,” said Talmon Marco, CEO of Viber. He added, “We will continue to improve Viber Out, keeping our users connected at the most affordable rates possible.”

Viber has also announced the launch of Viber 4.1 update for Android and iPhone. The Android app bring enhanced support for Viber Out. It comes with new free and paid stickers and a contact filter that allows you to sort your contacts and other improvements as well as bug fixes.