Facebook buys popular Instant Messaging app Whatsapp for $19bn. Whatsapp has currently more than 450 million users monthly with more than one million new users registering every day.
StJohn Deakins, chief executive of online identity service Citizenme says, ” Currently, WhatsApp can change terms and conditions at any time, without notifying users, which many people who use this service aren’t aware of. Meanwhile, Facebook already has a very broad copyright license on people’s content and already shares your data with many other services.”
If you don’t like to share your data to Facebook here are some of the best alternatives to Whatsapp for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
1. Telegram Messenger: Telegram for iOS devices is secure, fast and reliable instant messaging app which lets you to create and connect to a chat group of 100 buddies at once and share videos up to 1GB. Telegram app sends your messages over decentralized servers so that the message is processed at a faster rate. The app is available for a free download from the App Store with no subscription fees.
2. BlackBerry Messenger (BBM): BlackBerry Messenger is one of the best instant messaging app and one of the best alternative to Whatsapp. Initally, BBM was limited to BlackBerry smartphones but now it is available for both iPhone and Android. It has features such as groups, voice and video calling along with recently added BBM channels. However, with BlackBerry Messenger you cannot log into multiple iOS device at a time.
BBM respects your privacy, you get the option to chose the way to share your information and your contacts. Go ahead and download the BBM app for your device now for free.
3. Google Hangouts: Google Hangouts is available for desktop, iPhone and Android, supports text, photos, videos along with audio and video calls. Hangouts can be synced across devices and is also integrated into Gmail. Google Hangouts is available for a free download. If you are not a great fan of Facebook, you may like Google Hangouts as your instant messaging app.
4. Line: Line is another popular and best alternative to Whatsapp for iPhone. It has more than 360 million users globally and is available for various platforms.
Line enables users to send text messages, photos, videos and audio for free at any time of the day anywhere. The “Snap Movie”” feature lets users to capture beautiful moments as a film and share with friends. The app comes with with in-app purchases. Download Line for free from App Store.
5. Skype: Skype has not seen any major improvement, however its availability across all platforms makes it one of the most opted instant messaging app. With Skype you can make audio and video calls and send instant messages to your family and buddies for free.
6. Kik Messenger: Kik Messenger is loved by more than 100 million users globally. The app lets you to send texts, photos and voice messages over your iPhone. It has also integrated a web browser which allows users to browse webpages and share them with your friends.
The app can be downloaded for free (with in-app purchases) from App Store.
Have you tried these Whatsapp alternatives for iPhone?