• Skype icon

    Skype

    Skype is the most popular free voice-over IP and instant messaging service globally. It allows users to text, video and voice call over the internet. Users can also call landlines and mobiles at competitive rates using Skype credit...

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    • They offer the same thing, but Hangouts offers better service Guest • Sep 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Telegram

    Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. It’s superfast, simple and free. It is like SMS, but more powerful. .

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Android Wear PortableApps.com FreeBSD

    • Telegram is only text messenger. Hangouts includes voice and video calls. VaLeXaR12Jun 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Pidgin

    Pidgin is an easy to use, multi-protocol chat client client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, XMPP, and more chat networks all at once. It has built-in support for NSS, offering client-to-server message encryption for...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com Xfce

  • WhatsApp Messenger icon

    WhatsApp Messenger

    WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and yes, those...

    Free Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone S60 ... Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone Blackberry 10 Android Wear Kindle Fire

  • Jitsi icon

    Jitsi

    Jitsi (previously SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator with full end-to-end encryption that supports protocols such as SIP, XMPP/Jabber, ICQ/AIM, Windows Live, Yahoo!, GTalk/Hangouts extensions, as well as OTR...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android BSD

  • Facebook Messenger icon

    Facebook Messenger

    Facebook Messenger is a faster way to message. Reach friends right on their phones, get and send messages fast, message everyone at once and more. Top Features: • Message friends, groups of friends or anyone in your mobile...

    Free Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry Android Tablet ... iPad Apple Watch Android Wear

  • Trillian icon

    Trillian

    Trillian is an instant messaging app that works on phones, tablets, and desktops while keeping your chats neatly synchronized between all of them! We think conversation should be easily shared between all of your devices, not trapped...

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  • Linphone icon

    Linphone

    Linphone is an internet phone or Voice Over IP phone (VoIP). With Linphone you can communicate freely with people over the internet, with voice, video, and text instant messaging. Linphone makes use of the SIP protocol, an open...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Windows Mobile Android ... iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Xfce

  • LINE icon

    LINE

    LINE is a Japanese proprietary application for instant messaging on smartphones and PCs. Line users exchange text messages, graphics, video and audio media, make free VoIP calls, and hold free audio or video conferences.

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  • Ring icon

    Ring

    Ring is a secure and distributed voice, video and chat communication platform that requires no centralized server and leaves the power of privacy in the hands of the user.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android

  • Empathy icon

    Empathy

    Empathy is a messaging program which supports text, voice, video chat, and file transfers over many different protocols. You can tell it about your accounts on all those services and do all your chatting within one application. ...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • Franz icon

    Franz

    Franz is a free messaging app / former Emperor of Austria and combines chat & messaging services into one application. Franz currently supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat and many more. You can download Franz for Mac...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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    FaceTime

    FaceTime is a video calling software feature developed by Apple for the iOS and Mac OS. FaceTime makes it possible to talk, smile, wave, and laugh with anyone on an iDevice or Mac over Wi-Fi. So you can catch up, hang out, joke...

    Freemium Mac iPhone iPad

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    Digsby

    Digsby is a multiprotocol IM client that lets you chat with all your friends on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, and Jabber with one simple to manage buddy list. Its also a social networking tool that alerts you of events like new...

    Open Source Windows

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    • Discontinued The application is not developed actively anymore. The source code has been made open for the community to take over but that didn't make any impact: https://github.com/ifwe/digsby | https://web.archive.org/web/20121205002331/http://blog.digsby.com/archives/1969/
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    iMessage

    Love iMessage on your iPhone? You'll love it on your Mac, too. Messages lets you send unlimited messages to anyone on a Mac, iOS device, or Apple Watch. Your messages can include photos, videos, documents, audio, and contacts, and...

    Free Mac iPhone iPad Apple Watch

  • Yahoo! Messenger icon

    Yahoo! Messenger

    Stay in touch with your friends and family while sharing favorite photos using one of the most popular instant messaging applications.

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry

  • Conversations icon

    Conversations

    Conversations is a privacy focused, open source XMPP Texting [Jabber] client for Android 4.0+ smart phones with wife-approved easy encryption [OTR, OMEMO, or GPG]. [Note] You can download it from F-Droid: ...

    Freemium Android Android Tablet Self-Hosted

    • Privacy orientated. Very well coded with end to end encryption and very robust. Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Xabber icon

    Xabber

    Open source Jabber (XMPP) client with multi-account support, clean and simple interface. Being both free (as in freedom!) and ad-free, Xabber is designed to be the best Jabber client for Android .

    Open Source Android

  • Path icon

    Path

    Path is a personal social network designed to help you be closer with family and friends. Now with Path 3, we’ve added private messaging and stickers so you can chat instantly with the ones you love. By focusing on beautiful design...

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad ... Kindle Fire

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  • Jitsi Meet icon

    Jitsi Meet

    Jitsi Meet is an OpenSource (MIT) WebRTC JavaScript application that uses Jitsi Videobridge to provide high quality, scalable video conferences.

    Open Source Web / Cloud

    • Fully functioning, free, open-source, end-to-end encrypted, browser-based (install nothing) Skype- or Google Hangouts alternative. Stable video and sound, screen share, password protection for rooms and a few other handy features. Highly recommended. No more reason to accept Skype and Google's surveillance of your conversations. JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Open source, works without account, easy access, good design, stable connection gitbreaker222Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • Ekiga icon

    Ekiga

    Ekiga (formely known as GnomeMeeting) is an open source VoIP and video conferencing application for GNOME. Ekiga uses both the H.323 and SIP protocols. It supports many audio and video codecs, and is interoperable with other SIP...

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    Rambox

    Free, Open Source and Cross Platform messaging and emailing app that combines common web applications into one.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    • Warning The installer contains a trojan and possibly other malware according to Baidu, Quihoo-360, and Windows Defender: https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/16f58286c4760fd44896d3dd7a39276a769d301d3193083a130b7a6cd2e03a8d/analysis/1482115813/ | https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/a32e5006f0e227d88a8c8446c0e288bdc4c2a1fb4e9af5ea24a1819131a21ca5/analysis/1482115816/
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    CSipSimple

    csipsimple will allow native sip for android device. It relies on the pjsip SIP stack and use the pjsip-jni project. The use of this native library will ensure a better speed, call quality and less battery consumption than...

    Open Source Android

  • Google Duo icon

    Google Duo

    Google Duo is the cross-platform, one-to-one video calling app that's simple, reliable and fun. FEATURES Cross-platform - Get closer to everyone you love with simple, high-quality video calling on iOS and Android. Easy to...

    Free Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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Hangouts Comments

free calling

Positive Comment by harmansingh
about Hangouts Nov 2016

lets me make free calls in Canada and USA. Voice quality was more than i expected and also lets make conference calls.

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great

Comment by louisbeckler784
about Hangouts Aug 2016

i think this is great for chat and also video chat, it's very simple and works great when you need to contact somone outside the country also

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Hangouts

Comment by mimanderson
about Hangouts Jul 2016

I'm trying to verify, if to use Hangouts video chat on an iOS, do you have to have a gmail account?

thanks!

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use it all the time

Comment by rondapuck1206
about Hangouts and Skype Apr 2016

i've been using hangout for a while now and has proven to so much faster and better that skype. I honestly wouldn't go back to use skype, this one is faster and easier so i recommend this one.

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yeah.. i like it

Positive Comment by anikathompson9
about Hangouts Dec 2015

I like it, i mean... i use it for work and has never failed so i think it's fine, i like it because it has everything together and easy access gmail, google + and everything i like that

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great app

Positive Comment by alisonblak
about Hangouts Dec 2015

i really like this app, it works great on my phone and it's faster than any other i've got like whatsapp. i think there might be some improvements to be made but i think is still one of the best

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Nice, but could do better

Comment by DamianN
about Hangouts Mar 2015

Very fast at sending and receiving messages, especially on mobile. I get my messages faster here than on other IM apps such as Whatsapp and Viber. Still some improvements to be done, like sometimes messages sent on a desktop don't get on the mobile version, which has caused me some problems in the past.

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Pidgin absolutely is an alternative to google talk

Comment by Awesome
about Hangouts and Jitsi, Miranda IM, Adium Oct 2012

Pidgin has an expansive plug-in ecosystem. Please un-remove it (add it back) as an alternative

Google Talk [ now Small Hangouts iconHangouts ]

needs:

Small Pidgin iconPidgin

and by extension
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the same claims apply to miranda
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Jitsi provides audio chat SIP/Jingle, and text chat XMPP, SIMPLE
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Jitsi with 35 votes ought not be buried under show all.

[Edited by Venom88, November 12]

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