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Viber: The Free Solution To International Talk, Text And Picture Sharing
I learned about the mobile app during a backpacking trip in Argentina. Eating lunch in a Buenos Aires cafe, I noticed my travel companion sending texts and uploading photos without abandon, while my phone sat turned off and untouched in my bag. Unfortunately for me, calls from Argentina to the United States cost $5 per minute with texts being $1 each. When I asked her how she was able to communicate so freely without worrying about the costs, she told me about Viber. As long as you're in a Wi-Fi zone and the person you're communicating with uses Viber, the communications are completely free. Moreover, even when using 3G, you will only be charged the rate of your 3G plan and not for roaming.
"Viber-to-Viber mobile calls and texts will always be free and ad-free," explains Daniel Twigg, PR Consultant for Viber. "We plan to offer premium services for even more customization, such as inexpensive calls to people who don't yet have Viber, as well as ringtones and wallpapers."
Viber is available on iPhone and Android. Once downloaded, you will be able to immediately see who from your contacts is also using the app. According to Twigg, the app has over 60 million users and is growing by more than 200,000 new users each day. It's completely free, so you have nothing to lose by trying it for yourself on your next trip. To learn more and download the app, click here.