• 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...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Blackberry Windows RT Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Android Wear

  • Telegram icon

    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 iPad Apple Watch Android Wear

  • Pidgin icon

    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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD 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....

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

  • Tox icon

    Tox

    Send messages, files, create groups and make Tox to Tox audio and video calls. Securely.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Android Tablet ... BSD

  • Viber icon

    Viber

    Viber is a mobile application that lets you make free phone calls and send text messages to anyone who also has the application...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Windows RT ... Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Blackberry 10 Apple Watch

  • Jitsi icon

    Jitsi

    Jitsi (previously SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator with full end-to-end encryption that supports protocols...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud BSD

  • Signal icon

    Signal

    TextSecure and RedPhone have been merged to create Signal! Using Signal, you can communicate instantly while avoiding SMS fees...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Chrome

  • Trillian icon

    Trillian

    Trillian is an instant messaging app that works on phones, tablets, and desktops while keeping your chats neatly synchronized between...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Blackberry iPad

  • 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...

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

  • 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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Windows Mobile Android ... iPhone Blackberry Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Blackberry 10 Xfce

  • LINE icon

    LINE

    LINE is a Japanese proprietary application for instant messaging on smartphones and PCs. Line users exchange text messages, graphics...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry ... Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch

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    Digsby Discontinued

    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...

    Open Source Windows

  • WeChat icon

    WeChat

    WeChat is the complete mobile communication and private social networking app. Free, cross-platform, and full-featured, WeChat is the...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone S60 Blackberry ... Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch

  • ooVoo icon

    ooVoo

    Free high quality video chat and video conferencing from ooVoo. Talk live face-to-face with up to 6 people at once.

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone ... iPad Kindle Fire

  • 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...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • Franz icon

    Franz

    Franz is a free messaging app/former Emperor of Austria and combines chat & messaging services into one application. He currently...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

  • Gajim

    The goal of Gajim is to provide a full featured and easy to use Jabber client. Gajim works nicely with GNOME, but does not require it...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD Xfce

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  • KakaoTalk icon

    KakaoTalk

    KakaoTalk is a phone number based messenger service that allows users anywhere in the world to chat one-to-one or in a group for free....

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Blackberry Windows Phone ... Android Wear Kindle Fire

  • Zoiper icon

    Zoiper

    Zoiper IAX & SIP multilanguage and multiplatform (Windows, Linux and Mac OS X) softphone is a VoIP soft client, meant to work with...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Windows Phone

  • Bleep icon

    Bleep

    Private instant messaging via secure, distributed technology. Download & Go Enjoy the benefits of having an account without...

    Free Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • YakYak icon

    YakYak

    What does it do: * Send/receive chat messages * Create/change conversations (rename, add people) * Leave/delete...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Actor icon

    Actor

    Actor Messenger is an encrypted messaging created by a former developer of telegram.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... iPad

  • Voxeet icon

    Voxeet

    Free HD conference calls up to 8 participants. High definition voice, 3D immersive sound.

    Free Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • QQ International icon

    QQ International

    Tencent QQ, generally referred to as QQ, is the most popular free instant messaging computer program in Mainland China, and has over...

    Free Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet BSD ... Windows Phone iPad Facebook

  • Phoner icon

    Phoner

    Softphone for VoIP, CAPI und TAPI. This application enables voice connections to landline, cellular network and VoIP. Phoner can be...

    Free Windows

  • MetroIRC icon

    MetroIRC

    An IRC client for the Windows desktop which follows the Metro design guidelines.

    Open Source Windows

  • Ayttm icon

    Ayttm

    Ayttm is an instant messaging (aka chat) client that provides all-in-one chat functionality for several major instant messaging...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD

  • Tkabber icon

    Tkabber

    Tkabber is a Free and Open Source client for the Jabber instant messaging system. Its writen in Tcl/Tk, and works on many platforms...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Tpad icon

    Tpad

    Tpad is a free program that uses the latest VoIP / SIP technology to bring free and crystal clear voice quality communications to any...

    Free Windows Web / Cloud

  • Kiax icon

    Kiax

    Small program mainly aimed to provide a simple user interface for making VoIP calls with Asterisk PBX (an open source VoIP PBX).

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Zulip icon

    Zulip

    Powerful open source group chat. Features: Threaded group conversations Talk about multiple topics at once without getting lost...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... BSD Self-Hosted

  • Pinger icon

    Pinger

    Pinger lets you text and talk free with the people you care about most, anywhere on the planet. Tap a picture and you'll see all...

    Free Personal Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone

  • QuteCom icon

    QuteCom Discontinued

    QuteCom is a community of enthusiasts and developers, creating free software products related to communication over IP. The flagship...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • RebTel icon

    RebTel

    Free calls to Rebtel users and cheap international calling to everyone else – Use WiFi, 3G or local minutes to make calls **...

    Free Windows Android iPhone Blackberry Windows Phone

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