Every now and then, an app comes out for the iPhone that immediately jumps into your personal top 10. The kind of app that you makes you wonder how you survived without it in the past. Viber is just such an app. It’s very simple in concept. Basically, it allows you to call anyone on your contact list that has viber already installed. The call is completely free and it doesn’t matter if they are in the neighbouring town or on the far side of the world. The steps to get it up and running are very simple. After installing you are asked to register your phone number. You are then sent an SMS message with an activation code. Enter this into the app and then straight away your contacts are all imported into the app.
Unlike Skype, you don’t need to log in or create a buddy list. As you can see in the top left picture, the contacts that have Viber are already marked. I have four on my list so far. Over the weekend I was out in the middle of nowhere when I got a phone call from my sister out of the blue. She was on the other side of the world but the quality of the sound was as if she was in the same country. And that was using Edge. Obviously 3G and WiFi is a lot better. I have already used this a lot over the last week to make free calls. It is so much better than Skype as you don’t need to log in first. Nor do you need to be both on the same buddy list. If you know someone’s telephone number then you can call them for free as long as they have Viber. The developers promise that new features coming soon include texting and ringtones.
UPDATE: You can now send free text messages to your contacts. Also has push notification for this.