WhatsApp Call consumes a lot of MB, So which voice calling app uses the least data per minute?

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Free voice call apps, which use data to place calls, can offer a cheaper way to keep in contact with friends abroad and come to the rescue when you’ve used up your monthly minute quota. However, with multi-gigabyte data plans still often coming at a premium price, the busiest chatters out there could soon eat into their monthly allowance using voice over data calls.

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We can instantly spot a huge difference between the leanest and the heaviest data consuming applications. Interestingly, many of the most well-known apps, such as Hangouts, Skype and WhatsApp, consume by far the most data, while KakaoTalk, Nimbuzz and Line all consume comparatively smaller amounts of data. Facebook Messenger also makes a bit of a surprise appearance as one of the most data efficient ways of placing a voice call.

Perhaps a little worryingly for Skype users, the app consumes over 2.7 times the amount of data per minute than the most economical apps. WhatsApp consumers 2.3 times the data of KakaoTalk, while Hangounts and Tango consume around twice the data each minute. Over the course of an hour’s worth of calls, the difference between Skype and KakaoTalk works out to around 33.4MB, which might be a point worth considering if you’re on a more limited data plan and like to talk.

Magic Jack and Viber both consume a little more data than others, but are still much economical choices than the more established apps. These may be the best choice if you’re looking for a balance between call quality and data usage.

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To be fair to the big brands, we do know that Skype implements a rather intelligent codec that is capable of various sample and bit rates. We went back to see if switching down to a 3G network, with more limited bandwidth, would make any difference to the data consumed, but the results came back well within the margin for error. We can conclude that a 3G connection is more than good enough for the best voice call quality that Skype and the other apps have to offer on Android, so you’ll probably always find that these apps consume around this amount of data, regardless of a 3G, 4G or WiFi connection type.

While the big companies may be able to spend some cash on extra bandwidth and servers, Kakao, Nimbuzz and Line most likely make use of a lower quality communication to save on expensive server bandwidth, which has the added benefit of saving us data usage too.

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WhatsApp to be blocked in several Arab Countries following the new Voice Calling feature?

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After multiple flip-flops, WhatsApp has finally released the voice-calling feature for all Android users. You will need to download version 2.11.528 from the Play Store or version 2.11.531 from the WhatsApp website. (iOS to follow later)

The voice-calling can be activated is by receiving a call from someone whose voice-calling is already activated. After you get the call, you need to close and then reopen the app. After that, instead of seeing the most recent chats, you will get three tabs namely Calls, Chats and Contacts. The call tab shows incoming, outgoing and missed calls at the precise times.

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As we all know, Viber and Several Voice Calling Apps have been blocked in many Arab countries, now that WhatsApp have this feature, rumor has it that WhatsApp will be blocked once this feature is enabled for all users.

“Vodafone” an Egyptian Telecom company, has been in talk with the officials in Egypt about the declining revenues and profits of the company due to the declining number of regular calls per user; and its concerns about how much this feature can terribly affect these numbers.

Egyptian officials declined to Block WhatsApp as the Egyptian and Arab laws do not give the permission to block applications and to prevent their use since this goes back to the judicial authorities.

Note that Telecom companies can realize profits by providing Mobile Data Bundles (3G/4G) and more options for subscribers. There’s no issue from this matter!

Telecom company “Etisalat” started blocking Whatsapp Call on mobile data this Sunday (March 15); It’s still accessible on WiFi though.

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Leaked screenshots of Voice calling in WhatsApp’s upcoming iPhone update!

WhatsApp-VoiP-calling-iPhoneItalia-002 As you know, the world’s most popular mobile messaging software, WhatsApp, is being purchased by the social networking giant Facebook for a staggering $16 billion. WhatsApp previously promised to introduce VoIP calling in the second quarter of this year, a move poised to turn the tables on competition like Viber, now owned by Rakuten.

While Viber last December unveiled a new Skype-like Viber Out feature for making low-cost outgoing calls to international mobile and landline numbers, a set of screenshots leaked on Friday purportedly depicting what WhatsApp’s VoIP calling will look like in its iPhone application, a free download from the App Store…

According to Italian Apple blog iPhoneItalia (Google translate), WhatsApp’s VoIP calling interface is heavily reminiscent of the new-look Phone app in the latest iOS 7.1 update, down to the circular End Call button. When a VoIP call comes in, the app displays your caller’s name, along with their photo and phone number. WhatsApp-VoiP-calling-iPhoneItalia-003 As the screenies attest, WhatsApp’s in-call features apparently include call-muting, directing the call through the speaker and switching back to a messaging session. Akin to other VoIP calling apps on the App Store, switching to another app while the VoIP session is in progress will prompt iOS to put a colored bar at the top so you can easily switch back to the call with a tap.

Another new feature: a camera button at the top of the keyboard which lets you quickly attach multiple photos to a text message. Sending multiple photos in the current WhatsApp version is a multi-tap affair (photo attachments are hidden behind the More button) so this minor tweak should be welcomed by fans of text messaging.

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WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum confirmed at Mobile World Congress a month ago that“we’re going to introduce voice on WhatsApp in the second quarter of this year.” iOS and Android editions of WhatsApp will get voice calling first, he said, with Windows Phone and some BlackBerry phones getting the feature at a later stage.

According to The Guardian, VoIP calling between WhatsApp users should be free. Currently, WhatsApp has voicemail and lets you send recorded messages to contacts.

You can download WhatsApp free of charge in the App Store.

Although it got refreshed with iOS 7-friendly look back in December, WhatsApp still supports iPhone and iPod touch devices running – wait for it – iOS 4.3 or later.

Viber: hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, Again!

Internet companies beware, hackers are out in full force this month. In the past two weeks, we’ve seen Apple’s Dev Center hacked, several Instagram accounts hacked, and the popular voice and messaging service Viber attacked.

Viber claims, though, that the damage it suffered from its breach was minimal, saying the attacker only gained access to two minor support systems. But a quick glance at its App Store description suggests that wasn’t the case…

Earlier this evening, 9to5Mac pointed to the App Store description of Viber’s popular iOS app, which had clearly been defaced. The attackers replaced the text with “We created this app to spy on you, PLEASE DOWNLOAD IT!”

The site was able to grab a screenshot before the description was restored:

From a distance, it looks like this could be related to Apple’s Dev Center attack, but it’s not likely. 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman suggests the hackers could have gained access to Viber’s iTunes Connect account using a phishing scam.

From the company’s initial statement on the hack:

“Today the Viber Support site was defaced after a Viber employee unfortunately fell victim to an email phishing attack. The phishing attack allowed access to two minor systems: a customer support panel and a support administration system. Information from one of these systems was posted on the defaced page.

It is very important to emphasize that no sensitive user data was exposed and that Viber’s databases were not “hacked”. Sensitive, private user information is kept in a secure system that cannot be accessed through this type of attack and is not part of our support system.

But my problem here is that Viber hasn’t been very transparent about the attack. Sure, they claim that there was no sensitive user data exposed. But they also said the hack was limited to two minor systems, which it obviously wasn’t.

As a long-time user, I think the company has some more explaining to do.

Viber was initially hacked on Tuesday, July 23rd, by the Syrian Electronic Army. The group claims the Israeli-based firm, which hosts 200 million users worldwide, is “spying and tracking” its users, and says folks should stay away.

Viber for desktop Now Available, iOS app gains video chat, live call transfer, new stickers and more!

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Viber, the popular instant messaging service and WhatsApp’s chief rival, has fallen behind a bit in the past year or so. Not only did WhatsApp take the lead – the service claims to handle an astounding eighteen billion messages every day – but the search monster Google is getting ready to unify its many chat services under a new Bable IM brand.

Small wonder then that Viber in a major move on Tuesday announced a brand new desktop application for Mac and Windows PCs. Available as a free download from the Viber’s web site, Viber for Mac lets you send free messages as well as make free calls to other Viber users.

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The much-welcomed software release now enables one to keep their communication in sync across mobile and desktop devices because in addition to desktop, Viber is now available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Nokia and Bada platforms.

Moreover, Viber – which was founded by American-Israeli entrepreneur Talmon Marco – has revamped its mobile iOS/Android client with video messages, an improved voice engine said to help improve call quality and lots more. Go past the fold for an introductory video and more tidbits…

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Viber for Mac and Windows, as you’d expect, syncs your contacts, messages and call history with your mobile devices. And of course, you can start the conversation on Viber for iPhone and continue right where you left off on your Mac.

From a news release:

One of the strengths of Viber is its easy activation process. The company has replicated the same process with Viber Desktop. As soon as you enter your mobile number and a confirmation code which is sent to your mobile Viber app, you are ready to go!

All of your mobile Viber contacts are instantly and continuously synced from your mobile Viber to Viber Desktop.

You can even transfer ongoing VoIP calls between devices.

Other features of the desktop Viber client include video calls, HD voice calls, free text and photo messages, group conversations and more.

Here’s a short Viber Desktop video tour.

According to Viber, its service has passed 200 million registered users globally. Rival WhatsApp announced the 200 million users milestone back in March 2012.

In addition to the brand new desktop apps, Viber also revamped the mobile client. For starters, Viber mobile version 3.0 now supports video messages.

The new build includes localization in eight new languages (Czech, Danish, Greek, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish, Korean, Dutch, Thai, Vietnamese, Malay and Indonesian) and features the ability to transfer live calls between Viber on your iPhone and Viber on Desktop.

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A new online indicator helps determine who’s online, in-app notifications for new messages kick in when Viber is active and you can now filter groups in messages screen to quickly find a specific group.

The visual makeover includes a redesigned contact info screen, larger photos/thumbnails, the ability to browse photos from particular users/groups and other UI tweaks.

Viber now cleverly downloads new photos for faster viewing and lets you even add a caption to the photos and videos being sent. And last, but not the least, Viber 3.0 contains new packages of obligatory stickers, the latest fad popularized by recent sticker-related updates to Path, Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps.

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Viber 3.0 is available free from the App Store and Google’s Play Store for Android.

The previous version 2.3 update brought out such enhancements as emoticons, locations, stickers and group conversations with up to 40 participants.

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According to a study by Informa, it may be high time for those greedy wireless carriers to wake up and smell the data coffee as Internet-based chat platforms like WhatsApp, Viber and Apple’s iMesage combined have overtaken SMS globally, by volume.

I’m really glad Viber made a jump on the desktop and hopefully rival instant messaging platforms will follow suit soon.

The ball is now in WhatsApp’s court.