WhatsApp for PC - not quite there yet
This is a special type of app that allows users to contact each other by text, phone call or video call. Messages can also be sent between users instantly and images and clips can also be sent to users who are located in virtually any country around the world.
It is completely free to call and send messages of all types to other users in various countries around the world. However, in order to take advantage of the free service, the person that you are calling or messaging must also have installed and be using the software.
The service is only free if the person that you wish to call or message also has the software installed. Phone calls can also be made to any other landline phone or mobile phone in the world, although it should be noted that there will be a charge for these calls.
People who wish to use the software first need to download the handy app. After the app has been downloaded and installed, it is necessary to register by supplying your name, phone number and email address so that you are visible to other users and a confirmation email will be sent to complete the registration process.
Any landline phone in the world can be called using the software, although there will be an additional charge for this type of call and the charge will be set by the operator. Virtually any person in the world who has a Smartphone can also receive phone calls, although there will be a charge if they have not installed the software.
An internet connection of any type such as 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi is required in order to use the software to make calls and send messages. People who are using the app to send messages and make calls when abroad should use Wi-Fi whenever possible in order to avoid roaming charges.
The creators of the software state that they are committed to protecting the privacy and security of their customers. They do this by providing end-to-end encryption, which means that all messages, voice and video calls and other types of data are encrypted from the moment they are sent until they are received by the intended recipient.
People who are using a wide range of different types of operating systems such as Windows, MacOS and Linux will be able to use the software on their PC. However, the fastest and best results are likely to be enjoyed with newer versions of operating systems in tandem with the latest version of the programme.
The typical bandwidth rate of a call made using this software is 240KB per minute and 14MB per hour. People who do not have an unlimited data plan may prefer to use Wi-Fi as often as possible to avoid incurring additional charges.
There have been claims by many sources that messages are stored on Viber servers in an encrypted version. However, the creators of the software strongly contest this claim and no actual evidence of unencrypted messaged being stored on servers has come to light.